posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 12:00 AM
Coast to Coast just used to have a different feel to it. I started listening in about '96 and from that point up until Mike Siegel took over in
2001(?) I actually looked forward to the show every single night. It had a dark....eerie....exciting....interesting and a whole bunch of other great
words kind of feel to it then. It just never seemed quite the same from Mike Siegel forward. I remember giving a big "HELL YEAH!" when it was
announced that Art was coming back but that only lasted a couple years or so and he was gone again.
For all Art's flaws it's just not the same without him. And he did seem to care more about his relationship to the Coast audience, constantly
filling us in on happenings in his personal life and even asking for advice and opinions from the audience. He made us feel like members of a true
And let's not forget that those were the early days of the modern internet, the mid '90s. Everyone was just then getting connected en masse. Area 51
was still big news and many of the stories we know up and down these days were still new to most folks. Roswell, RAF Bentwaters, Shag Harbor,
Kecksburg, Cydonia, moon anomalies, Y2K etc. etc. I mean sheesh there were just a ton of interesting topics out there! Now many of these stories have
been squeezed so tightly that there isn't much that's new and exciting to discuss about them. And, aside from notable exceptions like the
Stephenville TX sightings and a few other topics, there just doesn't seem to be much that's truly new these days.
So, in my view, the show will never feel quite the same without Art, but I don't blame it entirely on Noory. There are some things about Noory that
bug me, most of which have already been mentioned by others in this thread, but Art is, after all, a tough act to follow. And indeed there is a
certain lack of new material these days that I think makes his job tougher than it was for Bell. I think we should consider these things when passing
There is also, I think, another important reason the show feels much different to us these days. (at least those of use who have listened since Art
was the main host) and that is 9/11. That event changed everything. No matter where you stand on it the fact is, it changed the world, including
radio. Many more people out there became interested in non-paranormal government type conspiracies than ever before. Naturally it would make it's way
onto Coast to Coast. As interesting as this topic can be (and is for me personally) it has quite a different feel about it than the traditional
ghost/UFO topics of the show. You come away feeling either ANGRY because you believe it.. or ANGRY because you don't believe it and you're ticked
that Coast gives air time to these "unpatriotic wing-nuts" in the first place. Either way, you leave ANGRY. This part is not the fault of any of the
hosts it's just a very hot and controversial subject. The Coast hosts, and audience are now all divided and not quite the "family" we once were.
Was it wrong to bring the topic to Coast? No. How can it be ignored by a show like Coast? But I do think this is part of the reason the show feels
different and unusual to some of us these days. Something to consider.
Now as for my personal preference for a full time host (if Art if never ever coming back)... GEORGE KNAPP. He broke the Bob Lazar story back in '89
he's one of the "old crew" in that regard, a familiarity. He's smart, asks the tough questions and seems genuinely interested in the topics he
discusses. "...slamming into your radio like a super charged nano-particle of dark energy..." LOL...And that's exactly how he comes across to me.
George K. is the Man!
Ian Punnet...barely warrants consideration (in my opinion). He refuses certain topics and guests who conflict with his views, thinks he's funny but
only sound's corny and COMPLETELY misses the plot of the show, trying to take it in his own, more mainstream direction...Ian blows goats.