From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul> Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 08:42:09 -0800 Fwd Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 10:42:45 -0500 Subject: Radio Show Airs Alien Encounters Source: The Palm Beach Post http://www.palmbeachpost.com/accent/content/auto/epaper/editions/wednesday/a= ccent_04969bfde471f0c700a8.html March 31, 2004 Radio show airs alien encounters By Eliot Kleinberg, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer The caller was a pilot 30,000 feet over Area 51, the mysterious Nevada military base that allegedly holds crashed UFOs. The radio host urged him to turn back. The pilot reported an F-16 military jet was heading his way. "It looks like some kind of ray gun is coming up from the ground. It has a weird-looking barrel, like a light. Oh, God. They're shooting at me. I'm going in." Then dead air. Did it happen? Debunkers to the contrary, millions of people listen to Coast to Coast AM, a syndicated radio program that airs on some 500 stations in North America. It's broadcast in the dead of night, for the people who believe, and the people who maybe wonder just a little, and the people who just can't get to sleep. Listeners are linked in a worldwide electronic slumber party, complete with ghost tales and psychics and angel sightings and aliens over the World Trade Center. On one recent show: =95 A man identified at least three "portals" to other dimensions and times -- two in California and one in Arizona -- but gave no exact locations. At one, he said, "I could have sworn I saw sandal feet there, and then I heard a voice saying, -- almost right behind me, made me jump -- 'Do you want to come through?' I said, no I didn't." =95 An e-mailer saw ghosts in the basement of his grandfather's St. Louis house and later awoke to find them encircling his bed; in the morning, he said, his mirror was cracked, and "I had scratch marks all over my arms in the shape of human fingernails." =95 And a lady in Winnipeg, Canada, had a girlfriend who regularly talks to the dead, by appointment, explaining, "She'll tell you something only the two of you would have done together." Host plays along Host George Noory often grills callers for more details and clucks in amazement at their stories, offering "my gosh," "that's weird" and "what an unbelievable story." What you won't hear him say is, "You're nuts." "It's not my responsibility," Noory said in a telephone interview. "Do I believe every story that comes into Coast to Coast? No," he said. "When you listen to some of these stories, a lot of them could be concocted, far-fetched. But a lot of them also give you that ability to just doubt." If someone calls to say he's captured an alien, Noory said: "I tell him, 'Send me the picture.' I've never gotten a picture. But I'm not going to belittle him on the air." Noory, a broadcaster for 33 years, replaced Art Bell, who created the show in 1993. It was Bell, who lives within sight of Area 51, who fielded the call from the alleged ill-fated interloper. Bell mysteriously left the show for two weeks in 1998; he later revealed his 16-year-old son had been kidnapped and raped in 1997 by a substitute teacher. He then left again briefly in 2000 after being falsely accused of child molestation. When Bell retired for good in January 2003, Noory, a late-night talk host in St. Louis and Bell's backup since April 2001, took over. He does the show from Southern California. Bell still hosts weekend shows from Nevada. The show's Web site is loaded with material from its guests and supporters, and contains much of the usual paranormal bulletin- board items: A "Dr. Joseph M" got his hands on an alleged "Top Secret" CIA memo that says the "problem of death and dying has been conquered permanently." An X-ray of a spine showed the ghostly image of an alien's face. And a mysterious glow was reported in the Topanga Canyon near Los Angeles (others later wrote in that it was the launch of a Minuteman missile from nearby Vandenburg Air Force Base). One entry showed what the correspondent said was a mysterious flying object he saw attached to a commercial jet flying over West Palm Beach on Dec. 15, 2002. The entry said that "local news made a small blurb about it," but a check has found no published reports. An e-mail to the correspondent bounced back, and his name was not found on a national database. The show publishes a newsletter called After Dark that it says "satisfies seekers of the weird, the unexplainable and the supernatural -- in even more detail than the radio show. Plus, After Dark dares to explore, in-depth, today's alternative worlds of health, medicine, and spirituality. And much, much more." Order the newsletter for a year for $40 and get a CD of interviews with, and a four-page biography of, Malachi Martin, a former Jesuit priest and a prominent exorcist who died in 1999 and whose writings suggested the Vatican had become either a corporate stooge of Communists or a cohort of Satan. 'They believe everything' Noory, raised a Catholic, said he questions the mysteries of the universe and believes the paranormal and religion coexist. He also said he believes in many of the subjects his callers cover -- including conspiracies. "There's no question in my mind that there's a manipulation worldwide. Who are they? I don't know." Noory said he censors no one. He said he has had callers challenge others, and his show has invited debunkers, including the South Florida-based James Randi; Randi turned down the invitation. Noory also doesn't judge his listeners. "There's some people that listen to it for pure entertainment value," he said. "There's people that listen to it because they believe everything." Noory said his goal isn't to give people the creeps. "When people call and say, 'There's a ghost in my room, what do I do?', I say, 'Turn on the lights,' " Noory said. But he said his show succeeds because listeners listen in the dark, maybe a little scared to peek out the window. "It would not work at 10 o'clock in the morning," he said. "It would lose the mystery."
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