Art Bell Quits … Again!


After only six weeks on the air, radio talk show host Art Bell’s new show for SiriusXM has abruptly ended its run.  The reason?  Here’s what he had to say:

“Many thousands of my listeners came on board when it began but they have fallen off because of that reason,” Bell said. “It’s a systemic problem. For a caller-driven show like this one, speaking only to people on cell phones in moving vehicles is somewhat difficult.

“The show also is being pirated, oh you have no idea. We are all over the Net right now, from YouTube to a server in England, for example, that’s streaming the show live. And because of all this, I have asked SiriusXM to alter their normal method of doing business and allow free streaming for everybody from

“If we get the opportunity to do this streaming, we will kick some serious butt…If not, we may not have a viable situation going forward.”

SiriusXM chose not to change their policies for Art’s show.  And the Art posted this on Facebook:

“Sometimes when you are “all in” you win, sometimes lose. By mutual agreement, Dark Matter will no longer air as of tonight.

There is still a glimmer of hope for a return.  As the following was recently posted on Art Bell’s website:

We are sorry that Dark Matter on SiriusXM has come to an abrupt end. We’ll examine our options and may be able to return in a different format and medium.

We have already identified many ways to bring a LIVE stream to you, it’s now just a contractual issue. Stay tuned…

In the mean time, will still operate as long as financially possible, hoping for a workable solution to bring Art back to you, soon. Keep checking back here often.

If Art is able to find a solution to this problem, especially if it involves free streaming, fans will forgive him.

But right now fans are livid.

Before officially retiring in 2006, Art had been something of a serial retiree.  Leaving and returning to the show numerous times.  For many of the fans this just looks like more of the same.

On an Art Bell discussion forum one fan describe Art’s quitting SiriusXM as “the last and final straw”.  While others said:  “Art really screwed the pooch.”  “Pretty big slap in the face to Art’s fans”.  And: “This IS NOT happening!!”

But, whatever fans say,  for now Art is off the air.



2 Responses to “Art Bell Quits … Again!”

  1. Jimmy Chunga is claiming that Art quit because of him. Ego much?

  2. mont silliman Says:

    we miss you and hope you will return. I tried to listen to coast to coast on sirius but it is not going to happen, just not the same as Art’s show.

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