If you're an insomniac {{conspiracy theorist}}, then ''Coast to Coast AM'' is for you.

In 1989 Art Bell received the job of filling a Las Vegas talk channel's five-hour overnight time slot. Assuming that the late hours would limit the show to a small audience, producers allowed Bell a ton of leeway with the subject matter. Bell worked ''Coast to Coast AM'' into an open forum discussing paranormal and fringe topics, and allowed the public to voice their opinions without ridicule, thanks to his trademark of unscreened open lines.

The format and subject matter quickly amassed a much larger audience than expected, and in 1993 ''Coast to Coast AM'' was syndicated. Currently, the show is broadcast on more than 500 American AM radio stations, with numerous Canadian affiliates and a worldwide audience through Internet streams.

Subject matter on ''Coast to Coast AM'' typically focuses on aliens and [=UFOs=], conspiracy theories, paranormal activity and research, remote viewing, 2012 theories and international political issues, but has also interviewed well-known actors, musicians or authors. The show is currently hosted by George Noory on weekdays and an occasional Sunday. George Knapp hosts two Sundays a month. On Saturdays, plus Sundays when Knapp or Noory does not host, either Dave Schrader or Richard Syrett will host. Schrader or Syrett will also host on Fridays when Noory travels to Denver to record his video show ''Beyond Belief''. Art Bell infrequently guest-hosts.

Given the length and subject matter, there are numerous crowning moments of high strangeness and oddball characters etched into the annals of ''Coast to Coast AM'' lore:
* Art Bell received an open-lines call from a man claiming he was flying a small plane from Fort Worth, Texas, into Area 51 (see below).
** Or the famous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee3bld4lTG0 phone call]] from a panicked man who claimed to have worked at Area 51.
* A recurring caller named [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVZ2UGyMnVY J.C. Webster III]], [[PoesLaw who claims to be a Southern Baptist preacher]] and the leader of an organization called CLAMP ([[Creator/{{CLAMP}} not that one]]) -- [[MoralGuardians "Christian Leaders Against Media Pornography"]]. He has claimed that Art, George, and all the listeners will be thrown into the "boiling pits of sewage" for promoting pornography. He's also no fan of FoodPorn, a category in which he seems to include most food, with the notable exception of boiled cabbage.
* Bugs, a Texan hunter who [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4sQePBTMAU claimed]] he shot two [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Bigfoot]].
* Mel Waters, who [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyteqvHvOnQ claimed]] to have a bottomless hole in his backyard.
* An open lines guest [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_UdpSNccfI pranked]] George Noory by pretending he was [[VideoGame/HalfLife Gordon Freeman]]. George, who is not a gamer, [[PoesLaw took him very seriously]].
* Another recurring caller is an [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny ADD-afflicted atheist]] from the northeastern U.S. who is very, er, candid about his personal life.

Bell was even given a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed homage in Radio/GTARadio and a voice role AsHimself in ''Videogame/Prey2006'', where the player can listen to snippets of people calling his show about the giant spaceship the protagonist is trapped in. He also had a cameo in ''Film/IKnowWhoKilledMe'', where he explains the movie's central plot point. Seriously.
!!''Coast to Coast AM'' contains examples of:
* CatchPhrase: "From the High Desert/City of Angels/Gateway to the West/Somewhere Deep Underground!" "Turn your radio ''off!''" "Deus te Ama, and I do to!" "Good night America!"
** Recurring caller JC has one: '''HOW DARE YOU!!!'''
* ConspiracyTheorist: All the hosts, most of the guests and callers.
* ConspiracyKitchenSink: From FEMA camps to hollow earth to mind control, it's all here.
* CrossOver:
** With ''VideoGame/HalfLife'', of all things.
** And even ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}''. Some guy calls to talk about his "revelation" of Vault 101, and the host ''buys it as real.''
** Former weekend host Ian Punnett did an intentional crossover with ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' during an interview with Max Brooks.
* DemonicPossession: There's a number of folks who claim this on this show. J.C. Webster III believes this is the case with Charlie Sheen....except the devil in question is the the spirit of Rick James! Considering that J.C. thinks Blacks are inhuman devil-beings, it probably explains it.
* EnemyMine: An Ultra-Traditionalist Catholic named Bro. Michael Dimond (pronounced 'Diamond', not 'Dimmund') was a phone-in guest on the show and was incredibly irritating with his holier-than-thou ways. Then J.C. Webster III called and started a row with Dimond. George Noory quietly let them argue, then told J.C. afterwards that maybe they (Noory & J.C.) ''could'' see eye-to-eye on something, once in a while.
* HeelFaceTurn: Edna Pringle started out as J.C. Webster's willing follower and main goon who would email Art & George harassing messages. Then she finally revolted and ran off with a biker/Streamlink member with $10,000.00 from the compound's till. J.C. trying and failing to find her had become a regular RunningGag (He may or may not have caught her, depending on the call).
* HeManWomanHater: J.C. Webster III's views on the female half of humanity is akin to DAESH or The Taliban.
* LiveButDelayed: Often utilized, most often when the callers accidentally slip in their last name.
* RealSongThemeTune: Each show opens with "Chase", Music/GiorgioMoroder's instrumental theme from the film ''Film/MidnightExpress''.
* SitcomArchNemesis: J.C.Webster III, big time.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: One caller who called himself "Oscar" ''seriously'' freaked George out.
* VoiceOfTheResistance: Many listeners ironically consider this to be an underground news source, despite the fact that it's broadcast across the world and on most major American AM stations.
** This is something of a {{justified trope}} as the entire heavy dose of general weirdness is pretty subversive for a format shared with Paul Harvey. Also, Art Bell is notable for taking climate change seriously a decade before it was considered a serious subject by the mainstream media, and in 2001 his show broke the first photos of Guantanamo Bay prisoners, a story picked up universally by the news media.
*** Possibly enhanced, since the show was dropped from the WABC lineup.