At one point, Art Bell was synonimus with esoteric radio. I remember reading books and people would refer to shows using him as the measuring stick. He was awarded the Lifetime Acheivement Award, which he deserved. However, I think he forgot that they ususally give those out to people who need to call it quits before they ruin their legacy.
Art Bell has ruined his legacy and has now, in my eyes, become just another huckster. A shill for the global warming crowd. Every interview he has done since his return with new wife in tow has referred to his views on global warming.
It's not just the global warming crap, it's his entire "holier than thou" attitude he has had. He is disinterested in the guests, rude to the callers and generally boring to listen to. When a caller gets on the line, no matter what, his first words to them are not a greeting, but a "turn your radio down", he sounds like an old man telling the dirty hippies to turn down that rock and roll.
Art had his moment in the sun. He has hit his share of homeruns for the team. He's had his game winning hits. Now, he seems like a player on his last legs, trying to compete with the younger generation and striking out every at bat. It's time for Art to go, before he ends up making all his fans feel as much anger towards him as I do.