Art Bell’s Dark Matter Gets a New Name (And Maybe Some Bumper Music)

The journey of Art Bell’s Dark Matter has been a wild one, but things are looking up. On March 6, Art Bell announced that a new show is still definitely probably happening in July, and it has a new name: Midnight in the Desert.

Anyone who’s listened to old Coast to Coast AM likely knows the significance here: the name comes from a song written specifically for Art Bell by Crystal Gayle, which was played often as the closing theme.

“This will be the name of my new show!,” Art Bell said in his latest post at ArtBell.com on Friday, “I just spoke to Crystal Gayle and was lucky to be the first to tell her that Midnight in the Desert is the name of the new show, she was thrilled and asked if she could say a word on the first show. This really is going to be FUN.”

If you ask me, it’s a much better name than Dark Matter, and taps into the legacy of what Coast used to be. Hopefully things stay positive.

I say hopefully, because there were some issues back in February regarding bumper music, which caused Bell to second-guess whether or not he’d go forward with the new program.

While Coast to Coast AM and SiriusXM’s Dark Matter were covered — he could play any music he wanted during those shows — his switch to self-hosted Internet streaming meant he wouldn’t have that same luxury.

Because he felt music “was part of the very soul” of his programs, this realization stopped him cold. But now there appears to be a deal going on behind the scenes with a “big player.” I’m assuming this deal will allow Bell to play all the music he wants.

Like I said, it’s been a wild ride. What new twists and turns can we expect from Art Bell’s Midnight in the Desert? Time will tell.

Rob Schwarz

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


    1. Oh, me neither. I don’t know what to make of it, and who knows if Art Bell will actually go through with the show or not.

      At this point, I’m probably getting more entertainment from all the drama than I would from the actual show. But I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt, for now…

      1. Solid reasoning. My big fear is he just up and leaves again with no notice. I wonder how many people picked up Sirius XM just to hear his show and then have him bail on them.

  1. …..Art is a master showman …..PT Barnum of radio……will be fascinating even if it lasts six weeks again ! ! ! …….bring on Richard C ! ! ! ……..

  2. …..a great theme song for Art’s new show would be Some Velvet Morning by Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra ! ! ! ………

    1. I always thought that was a pretty haunting theme. All of his music just kind of fit the mood of the show, so I can sort of understand why he’d want to keep it.

  3. Well I am glad Art is coming back, and for those that talk bad about him, don’t know the truth what goes on behind the scenes and why he had to do what he did. You are talking about Big Power People.