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The Best Radio To Tune In Coast To Coast AM
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.
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!
Need to keep the volume down so you won't disturb anyone while you listen late at night. Here is a nice solution.
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.