Bell was one of only a few talk show hosts who did not screen incoming calls, but this changed in 2006.On the October 31, 2006 edition of Coast to Coast AM, (renamed for the night to Ghost to Ghost AM), Bell was asked why he was now using call screeners.
He and his family were subject to repeated intrusions on his property in Pahrump. Air Force as a medic during the Vietnam War and in his free time operated a pirate radio station at Amarillo Air Force Base.
In fear for his family's safety, he opted to leave the air, and ostensibly, public life, as he believed the intruder or intruders wanted him off the air. He would make a point of playing anti-war music (like "Eve of Destruction" and "Fortunate Son") that was not aired on the American Forces Network.
During his tenure at KDWN Bell met and married his third wife, Ramona, who later handled production and management duties for the program.
According to The Washington Post in its February 23, 1997 edition, Bell was at the time America's highest-rated late-night radio talk show host, broadcast on 328 stations.
For several years he worked behind and in front of the microphone.
After a period of working in cable television, in 1986 the 50,000-watt KDWN in Las Vegas, Nevada offered Bell a five-hour time slot in the middle of the night.He and his family returned to the Philippines in March 2009, after having significant difficulties obtaining a U. Bell now holds an Amateur Extra Class license, which is in the top U. The money raised there allowed Bell to charter a DC-8, fly to Vietnam, and rescue 130 Vietnamese orphans stranded in Saigon at the war's end.They were eventually brought to the United States and adopted by American families.The explanation given was that for him to use unscreened open phone lines while in the Philippines would require listeners to call there directly at enormous cost to them.Art admitted that he should have chosen New Zealand instead of the Philippines as an alternative to the USA.He started a new nightly show, Art Bell's Dark Matter, on Sirius XM Radio that began on September 16, 2013 He returned to radio on July 20, 2015 with a new show, Midnight in the Desert, available online, via Tune In, and on some terrestrial radio stations.