Source: New York Post, April 30,
ART BELL'S SPOOKY BOOK: HOW TO SURVIVE END OF THE WORLD
By MICHAEL SHAIN
RECLUSIVE, late-night radio personality Art Bell has signed a million-dollar
Bell, who anchors a popular national call-in show about government conspiracies,
UFOs and other unexplained phenomenon, will write about what he says is an
imminent weather catastrophe that will plunge the world into another ice age.
The book, due in stores in December, was co-written with UFO expert and author
Whitley Streiber, who wrote the best-selling "Confirmation: The Hard Evidence of
Aliens Among Us" and hosted an NBC special last month based on his book.
Bell's show, "Coast to Coast" - heard on WABC (660 AM) at 1 a.m. - is among the
most-listened-to radio programs in the U.S. with an national audience of more
than 6.25 million listeners a week, according to Talkers magazine.
Bell got the high advance - said to be "near $1 million" - because he is the
only one among the fraternity of big-time national radio personalities - a group
that includes Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh and Dr. Laura Schlessinger - who has
not parlayed his broadcast popularity into a chart-topping book.
"For some time, Art has been making best sellers out of authors who come onto
his show - now he's due for a best seller of his own," says Mithell Ivers, the
editor at Pocket Books who signed Bell last week.
Bell's book is to be called "The Coming Superstorm and How to Survive It."
It is based on the theory that "when the global warming snaps, the earth will
experience a series of ice and snow storm the likes of which haven't been since
the last ice age," says Ivers.
Bell made headlines last year after announcing abruptly and without explanation
that he was quitting radio.
He disappeared for several weeks deepening the mystery but returned to the air.
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