Art Bell and the Area 51 Caller

On September 11, 1997, a man claiming to have worked at Area 51 called in to Coast to Coast AM. He spoke with the frenzied voice of a man terrified for his life, describing “extra-dimensional” beings and secret plots that would drastically, and horrifically, change our world.

Most peculiar of all, however, was the fact that during the call, the satellite transmission carrying Coast to Coast AM was lost, baffling Art Bell and his listeners.

Seven months later, on April 28, 1998, Art Bell received another call, purportedly by the same man. This time, however, he claimed the initial call was a hoax. Ever since, there’s been a lot of debate surrounding these calls. Was the first call real? Or had it truly been someone testing out “wacky characters” on the Coast to Coast AM audience, as the second caller claimed?

Decide for yourself. Here’s the first call:

And here’s the second call:

“You really missed a call, then.” – Art Bell

Like I said, there’s a lot of debate about these calls. Were they real? Were both callers the same person?

It’s possible both calls were “fake,” with the first being a hoax and the second being an entirely different person trying to insert himself into the spotlight (their voices do sound somewhat different to me). It’s possible the first call was real (I mean, it’s possible), and the second call was part of some kind of cover-up. Or it’s possible that both calls were the same person, and everything said in the second call was true.

Pick your poison, but don’t forget that the satellite went out during the call. That was pretty weird.

Anyway, whether or not either call was real, I can’t say. But the urgency and seriousness in the first caller’s voice seemed believable at the time, and certainly made for a compelling broadcast.

Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.


  1. I had only seen the first video, this is the first time I have seen the second video, I think the voices seem very much alike, One odd thing is between 2:39-2:42 on the second video, there is a very awkward noise.

    All in all the caller seems a little off.

  2. It is a hoax. If he says it is fake then it is fake. Even if it was real i would still say it was fake.

  3. I’d say it was real, there is so much going on in this world that people don’t know, he sounded way to convincing to be fake, …. Taken out …

    1. So what do you make of the second call? Not that I necessarily disagree with you, but I’m having trouble deciding what the motives would be behind the second call and if it’s really the same guy.

      1. The motive would be to throw everyone off, make everyone think it was a joke and laugh, and forget about it…the second call , well…was the same voice but not the same caller, as I said before , there is so much we don’t know and understand as a species, it would be very easy for a far more advance race to manipulate a voice , and make us believe what they would want you to believe… I think it was real, but there is only a few of us who actually know the truth.. hopefully sometime.. We could finally know the truth, and maybe as a race we could handle
        It, but with people there is always a want for more and more power, and that’s our biggest downfall.

      2. Definitely an interesting take on it. I’ll agree something weird was up regardless. I wonder we’ll ever know…

  4. He sounds like Single Seven. Also, it sounded like he was trying not to laugh before the transmission was lost.

  5. Me and my friend have been researching this stuff a lot, When i listened to the first video the first time i almost cried. My friend got the chills when listening to the first video not to say that us reacting this way makes it true in any way shape or form. Like somebody said in a comment above the fear in his voice seemed to real to be fake, my friend thinks that technically anything is possible there is no 100% evidence of it being true or false we are just speculating. Me and my friend saw stuff one night that got us into this stuff and eventually the phenomenon, so when we were out on the porch one night we were just hanging out and all of a sudden it looked like it was a ¨meteor shower” but then something even more mind boggling happened. There was lights in the sky lights in different colors that had odd movements extremely bright an vibrant and traveled very fast and vanished into the vast nothingness of the sky. There was one before it all ended for the night that I in particular saw just a bright white light that shot straight to the ground we didn’t hear any sound that indicated that anything hit the ground at the insane speed it shot down. It was so fast that in its after math that you could still see the streak in the sky less vibrant but still very much noticeable. Tonight the reason why I started typing this is because i saw another light very small happened in just a split second then we went down the rabbit hole of the first video i theorize a lot and am personally a believer of extraterrestrial being and other stuff so i think yes this is real and if it is not he is certainly one HELL of an actor.

    1. The fact this happened on exactly four years before 9/11… large populated centers wiped out… Need I say more? That scares me.

  6. The track itself on Tools Lateralus album is real, I’m going to sound like a crazy guy but the track Faaip De Oiad is actually a blueprint for one of these things. The static stimulates the brain like pin pricks if your in the right star of mind, and I had one of these things formed and vanish out of my body. It happened almost 20 years ago and still messes with my mind because no one believes me so I’m in my own personal dungeon! These things are super strong I felt the strength in my muscles it was mind blowing. If you follow the lyrics to the 10000 days album it is like they are talking to those who have had this experience directly. Don’t believe me I know most of you won’t but these things are coming