Post by Carl Blaire at Part15.us
Many have fond memories of the original host of Coast-to-Coast-AM, personality Art Bell, who continued for awhile on SiriusXM the satellite radio station.
Based on a tip from Hobby Broadcaster we have learned of Art Bell's plans to return to hosting on Keith Rowland's "Dark Matter Network," streaming on the internet starting July, 2015 at the expiration of his Non-Compete Clause with SiriusXM.
Podcasts of his new shows may be available, but there are obstacles in the way of the overall plans because of music copyrights and royalties, something of interest also to us here at part15(dot)us.
Read these two articles: "The Numbers On Playing Commercial Music on the Internet" by Keith Rowland, and "Sad News for Art Bell's Return to Internet Streaming" by Art Bell.
I look forward to Art's return, his show was great to hear real live talk on AM radio over night, where most stations had just played repeats of daytime shows to fill that time. It was a very popular show, and you could tune from one end of the AM dial to another and hear it on dozens of stations from distant cities, discussing all kinds of strange and interesting topics, even radio itself.
After being off of terrestrial radio for years, Art went to SiriusXM to do Dark Matter, and it was so good, it was just like he never left his old show! I hope that he can work out the music issues so his show can go forth. Some commentators are saying he should just not use commercial music, but if you know the show, his bumper music has always been an important part of the formula; it wouldn't be the same without Giorgio's 'The Chase' opening song and many other songs he regularly used.
It seems that playing a song would help to popularize the band and sell the tune itself, so I think the record companies should be paying Art when he chooses to use their music.. or how about this revolutionary idea, why not let Art just play the songs and call it even?
Update as of March 5:
Midnight in the Desert
This will be the name of my new show!
Hi everybody, here is a update for you. It is looking like the deal will close and the show will start to air in late July but we still have not signed on the dotted line.
The show will be truly International. ....
The name of the show is based on a title of a song dedicated to Art by Crystal Gayle, which you can hear at the site.