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An excited Art Bell posted a link on his Facebook page to tonight. The site announces a set of FAQs in relation to the MIDNIGHT IN THE DESERT program set to appear this summer..

You can read the full text of what Keith Rowland posted here.

A couple of points worth repeating as well.. including this: Art Bell will most likely not be coming back in any form to terrestrial radio, according to the FAQ sheet. The program is made to work online--less commercials and more free flowing. Something that will not translate into the structured world of corporate stations..

According to Rowland, the basics to know:

The show is now called “Midnight in the Desert” and will broadcast LIVE from 9pm to Midnight Pacific, Midnight to 3am Eastern for FREE, Monday thru Friday.
You can listen via this website, or use an app on your smartphone or tablet. Currently you can listen via the TuneIn app. Install TuneIn from your App store and search for Dark Matter Radio and you’ll be listening to the current schedule of shows.
On-demand archives will be available under a subscription membership service, soon to be announced.

The site advertises both a CC-WIFI or CC-WIFI2 radio from C Crane as the best means of hearing Bell, besides of course streaming directly from 

Also, Bell can boast that he is merging the 21st century with amazing days of old: He will also be broadcasting MIDNIGHT on SHORTWAVE radio station 5,085 khz.  Rowland writes,
We have made a deal with a shortwave station out of Tennessee, WTWW on 5,085 khz, a good frequency to be heard at that time of night. They will carry just the LIVE portion of the show.
There will by SKYPE calls..
There will be a message board--two actually, one not moderated at all..
And there will be a message service to talk to Art during the show.

The excitement is building..
This seems very different from the SIRIUS radio setup. This time, Art Bell seems to be doing it not to prove a point, not to recreate magic, but to create brand new magic and be himself.

Perhaps the best thing about SIRIUS was the mistake it all was.. the backroom deals between NOORY and Company.. the corporate ignorance of Bell's simple requests.. And a two year respite non compete for Bell and Rowland to truly consider what approach they want.

And fans love it.
C CRANE may have their busiest year in some time.
I for one will be making a call very soon..



Mystery continues on why the Sunspot solar observatory was shut down

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From CNN:

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