by Jack ( I had to do something different. This is a much needed departure from politics)
For many years the king of the late night radio was Art Bell, who hosted the Coast to Coast show. Bell built this show from nothing. He was sharp and seemed to be able to carry on an intelligent conversation with any guest on any subject. Then at the top of his career, Bell suddenly pulled the plug and retired. He does an occasional show from his new home in the Philippines, but that’s very rare.
Bells successor was George Noory who really didn’t seem to understand what Bell’s show was all about, sure he understood that Bell built his success on UFO stories and nutty callers that claimed to be Satan or from another planet, but behind Bell’s inquiring mind there was a subtle skeptical that sometimes melded into a humorous sarcasm as Bell would probe the caller’s credentials.
That was Bell’s schitk and he was good at it, Noory on the other hand behaves like the character Gomer Pyle, if you are old enough to remember his? Old George has never met a guest he didn’t agree with, be they from the Planet Zargon or a time traveler from the 5th dimension. No caller is too preposterous and no guest too crazy, even if they are totally fruit loops George never questions their authority to tell us about life on Zargon. Noory just plays along, not once does he cry BS! He’s all ears, acting the part of suck up who can’t wait to agree or add in his own ignorant exclamation point on the absurd commentary. I swear…your average 6 year old doesn’t behave as gullible as Noory and on top of that act and I do mean act, because I still can’t believe anyone is that gullible and not wearing a straight jacket, Noory says the stupid things almost nightly. His fans even have a name for these doosies, they’re called Nooryisms, here check it out: George, “I would guess your mind is part of who you are.” July 19, 2007. Good call George! Yes your mind is part of who you are alright. How about this one…
George: “It would be great if Saddam just left Iraq, don’t you think?”
Guest Hal: “Yes, but he’s not going to do that. Like last time, he’s going to put his citizens in harm’s way, use them as human shields, and wreak destruction on the oil fields.”
George: “That’s kind of selfish, isn’t it?”
Noory’s intellectual prowess really gets exposed when he’s hosting a really accomplished guest like Astrophysicist Michio Kaku. Bell and Kaku could carry on an entertaining conversation, but not Noory. Paraphrasing now, George will cut into the professor’s comment because he thinks he has to interject something to show he’s actually following along, “And that would be a bad thing then, huh?” A dumbfounded, Michio would pause, and give Noory a gratuitous, “Yes, blowing up the world would be a bad thing…” I bet I can guess what he was thinking…”I can’t believe you just said something that childlike, Noory you’re an idiot.”
Bell was not very political, but he was obviously conservative, in that context I mean he was logical and reasonable on when rare political issues would come up he was well balanced and thoughtful. Noory on the other hand and I include his occasional substitute host George Knapp, also try to avoid politics like Bell. However, neither can resist taking an occasional shot at the right. Knapp refers to the 100 million plus republicans as simply right-wing boobs. I get the strong feeling both a die-hard Obama supporters, which figures given their bumbling ineptness. But, apparently there’s a lot of stupid listeners that love this show. The ratings say Noory has about 15 million listeners now…pretty amazing and a real indictment of the typical voter/listener.
Art Bell built a great show that you could enjoy just before you nodded off, but not anymore, not with Noory. The entertainment value has plummeted, well, at least in my eyes anyway. I won’t listen to Coast to Coast anymore, it’s just way too dumb. Hey KPAY, isn’t there something else out there you could play after 10 pm?