Art Bell Steps Down As Host Of Midnight In The Desert

Welcome once again, ladies and gentlemen, to our bi-yearly “Art Bell Leaves A Radio Show” special announcement.

Yesterday, the prolific paranormal radio host Art Bell announced he’s hanging up the microphone one last time. The show’s producer, Heather Wade (formerly (Redacted) of the online message board BellGab), will be taking the reigns of Midnight in the Desert, though Bell has left open the possibility of guest hosting in the future.

In all seriousness, while I had a feeling something like this would happen eventually, I couldn’t have predicted it would be under such particularly unfortunate circumstances.

From his announcement on ArtBell.com:

“I am sorry to have to announce this but I will not be on Tonight or any other night, yes I am going to hang it up. Whoever this crazy person is, they are not stopping and it has come to the point that we as a Family do not feel it is worth the risk. While I think the person or persons are after me, my Wife and now my Daughter are really scared, the other night after the latest incident my Daughter was off in the corner of her bed scared to death as the Police cars came screaming up. I will not put my Family through this.”

This comes after a number of reported incidents at Art Bell’s property in Pahrump, Nevada over the past several weeks. He did, however, make an appearance during last night’s show, which featured an alleged time traveler from the year 2015.

Personally, I don’t know what to make of this, but I thought I’d bookend my Art Bell posts by sharing it. Without speculating or judging, I can only say that I hope Bell’s current situation resolves without anyone getting hurt.

I’ll also be curious to see how the Dark Matter Network fares without its obvious primary draw. While the network was around long before Midnight in the Desert began, the question remains: will fans continue to listen to an Art Bell show without Art Bell?


Rob Schwarz

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


  1. I think Heather is doing an admiral job especially considering the enigmatic circumstances she was handed. We’ll see how it goes. So far I’m still enjoying the show. Expect some hip-cups as she learns. She does have ol’ Art’s habit of losing calls by pushing the wrong button, but like Art she admits when she does it !

    1. Yeah well he has done it again.QUIT. I have been listening to him since the early 90s and it seems he always finds a way to QUIT. I will not be listening anymore. I now have finally QUIT.