Art Bell announced yesterday that he was throwing in his towel and choosing to not fight Sirius XM radio. They are holding him to a non compete after his brief stint on satellite radio ended abruptly after his 'Spooky Matter' Halloween show.
But now news is coming from Bell that his fans--and competitors in a sense--may benefit from his absence from radio.Artbell.com is planning on utilizing free streaming to simulcast paranormal and other related programs.
There is already a planned schedule at the website put up by webmaster Keith Rowland.. The announcement on the main page reads:
While we wait for Art's return, we'll be offering up other Internet radio shows on our LIVE stream, for your listening pleasure.
Monday - Paranormal Podcast w/Jim Harold
Tuesday - The Spec Sheet w/MV and Curtis
Wednesday - Podcast UFO w/Martin and Sam
Programs start at 8 PM East / 5 PM West
The stream will be running 15 minutes before the scheduled time of the show. Watch for more shows to appear here. If you have a show and would like to be streamed here, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This could be an exciting time for someone who wants to take a foot int he door approach.
There seem to be a void needing to be filled with Bell's departure.
Sure, Coast to Coast AM exists, but in the current incarnation, we know it lacks the zeal and spontaneity that Art Bell brought to radio.
Now with the Dark Matter network, there seems to be a chance to do something new, creative, and cool on line.