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The Best Radio To Tune In Coast To Coast AM

Updated on March 18, 2014

When my mom passed away, she had few possessions. I got her C Crane radio. She used to listen to it late at night on a faraway AM radio station in Denver, Colorado. She lived in Seattle, and was always talking about what was on "her program" the night before. Much younger then, I didn't pay much attention but thought it was good that she had something to entertain her lonely life.

The night after the funeral, I was alone in my small apartment bedroom and gave way to the tremendous grief I had been holding inside. I cried for sometime. At some point I noticed her radio sitting next to my bed. I guess when I brought it home, it seemed to be where it belonged. It was always by hers, after all. I turned it on.

It was set to her station of course. For the first time, I heard the deep yet comforting voice of Art Bell, the host of the show for many years. The subject that night was ghost stories and I stayed awake for hours listening to callers tell Art their stories of hauntings, werewolve human hybrids, spectral visitations and theories of parallel universes and many worlds co-existing at the same time. I had forgotten it was Halloween.

There was something about listening to "her program" that made me feel like she was there with me. Maybe she was. Before I finally fell asleep, I heard her voice in my ear telling me that everything would be alright.

Now, so many years later, I confess that I still listen to that same late night radio program, Coast To Coast Am, from time to time when I can't fall asleep. Well, okay, I COULD fall asleep, but I like to listen to those weird, sometimes scary, sometimes brilliant, sometimes sad but most often interesting people talk about their beliefs in UFO's, other worlds, and Aliens amongst us.

And, I have never missed the annual Halloween Ghost Story show since that night. I can still pick it up down here in Arizona with her special radio. If you know someone who loves to listen to late night AM radio too, but has trouble getting those far away AM stations, this is one of the few radios made that is able to do it. It makes a nice gift that will last a very long time.

Thanks Mom.

Postscript: After publishing this article, and posting it on Facebook, I was contacted by my half brother. He said that our Dad also listened to this show every night (I didn't know that) and my Dad would always talk to him about the show the next day, just as my mom did with me. After my Dad passed, my half brother also listened to the show that night and felt my Dad was with him. As far as I know, my mother and father never talked to each other (they were separated when I was very young) and neither knew that they both listened to that show. They died over 20 years apart. My half brother and I never had discussed this before.

Just a coincidence? what do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

C Crane Company PS2 SoftSpeaker Pillow Speaker (Blue)
C Crane Company PS2 SoftSpeaker Pillow Speaker (Blue)

Need to keep the volume down so you won't disturb anyone while you listen late at night. Here is a nice solution.

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

If you are going to listen to these shows, you will need to know what the heck they are talking about. Here is a very good primer on the stuff, and it's not too deep that you or I cannot understand what he's talking about.


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      L Olson 

      5 years ago from Northern Arizona

      @SamuraiMarine: I know what you mean!

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      Samuel Wright 

      5 years ago from Bakersfield, Ca.

      I used to listen to Art Bell all the time. When he had is problems and had to leave, I listened to George Noorey for a while, then lost interest. Now a days I just cannot stay up late to listen to him... I will occasionally listen to recordings of the show, though.

      Once there was a time when I had to drive late at night, and there is nothing spookier than listening to one of the UFO programs, and being on a dark, lonely, highway with no one around for miles.

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      Vicki Green 

      5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I'm an early to bed early to rise kind of person so I don't listen to late night anything, but what an interesting story!

    • lgOlson profile imageAUTHOR

      L Olson 

      5 years ago from Northern Arizona

      @lesliesinclair: Absolutely! I find the show and the people very interesting!

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      5 years ago

      It may be that some of those people *are crazy, but they can also be funny and interesting. I first found them on late night drives when that was the only type of program on the air way out on the highway between Reno and Klamath Falls.

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      5 years ago

      What a lovely story :)

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      5 years ago

      Nice story,I am from Europe and unfortunately have no idea of 'Late night show' of Art Bell. But years ago I was listening to a local late night show it is very relaxing (if the subject is not ghosts) :-)

    • lgOlson profile imageAUTHOR

      L Olson 

      5 years ago from Northern Arizona

      @cpa13: On the weekends they often replay the old Art Bell shows..really interesting to look back.

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      5 years ago

      I am still a huge Art Bell fan! This radio does look very interesting. I haven't seen one like this in ages. Nice lens.

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      5 years ago from Maryland, USA

      What a sweet lens. And interesting radio. I have never heard of this radio and it looks interesting.


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