Art Bell is returning to the broadcast airwaves. After several retirements and a short stint on satellite radio, Bell plans to return to broadcasting this summer. His new program, Midnight in the Desert will be available in streaming format online, simulcast on at least one shortwave radio station – and perhaps other broadcast affiliates going forward.
W6OBB is no ordinary talk show host. Art’s a true radio fanatic, the ultimate “new media” personality. How many hosts get off the air after a three hour show, then turn on another microphone, and talk for hours to fellow ham radio operators around the country? How many radio hosts have the engineering know-how to produce their own show, run their own technical board, and generally control the ebb and flow of the program from the first on-air minute to the last?
Through the years, he has frequently used his broadcast to explain, educate, and promote amateur radio to the general public.
If you’ve ever sat in a darkened cockpit, in front of a twinkling control panel, and prepared for a night flight, you know the feel of what late-night radio can be like–the excitement of knowing that you’ll be flying high and covering great distances while others sleep. With Midnight in the Desert, W6OBB is at the controls, guiding his audience through the extra-normal and bringing them in for a safe landing before dawn.
That’s Art Bell. And his many fans know the feeling very well.