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George Noory is Glad That Other Media are Finally Covering the UFO Issue (Part 1)

Article by George Knapp                        December 24, 2019                     (mysterywire.com)

• The late-night radio talk show Coast to Coast AM is syndicated on 620 radio stations in the U.S. and Canada. The show also includes a podcast, a YouTube channel, a website, and a streaming service for ‘Coast insiders’. George Noory (pictured above), the popular host of Coast to Coast AM, spoke with George Knapp about the show in the first of a two-part interview.

• Noory points out that the show’s content has changed a little bit from the primarily paranormal content when Art Bell was doing the show. In addition to the usual fare of UFOs, alien abductions, and ghost stories, Noory has expanded into covering other conspiracies such as ‘alternative medicine’ and vaccines. “I try to… be a facilitator of getting the answers or the truth out without picking sides, without being judgmental, without hanging up on a caller,” says Noory. “I just try to do it the way I would want to be treated. And it seems to work for me.”

• Noory started out as the news director at a radio station in St. Louis, then an executive producer in Detroit, then the news director in Minneapolis. Today, his mainstream contemporaries appreciate and respect that Noory can cover some bizarre things in a professional manner. Noory is in the office from 1:00 pm to 2:00 am, five nights a week. He credits his crack production staff that “gets the guests, does the work and keeps me going.”

• “Years ago, the mainstream media would laugh at UFO stories,” says Noory. But since the topic has moved into the mainstream after the New York Times article in December 2017, “people aren’t laughing like they used to. They’re starting to be a little more serious, like, ‘Oh my gosh, maybe it is real. Maybe it is happening’.”

 

George Noory, weekday host of the late-night radio talk show Coast to Coast AM, talks about the program’s success with investigative reporter George Knapp. The program is syndicated to hundreds of radio stations in the U.S. and Canada by Premiere Networks. Previously unaired 2019 interview. First of 2 Parts.

George Knapp: George, the show, could you describe the parameters, how popular it is, how big it is now. I mean, it used to be a radio show. And now it’s much more than that.

George Knapp of KLAS-TV in Las Vegas and weekend host of Coast to Coast AM

George Noory: It’s become a phenom, George. We’re on 620 radio stations in North America, which includes Canada, which is probably the highest affiliated show in the country. It’s huge. We’re podcasting. We’re on YouTube now. We’re on the internet. We stream with the Coast Insiders. It’s become a huge program. And the content has changed a little bit from the days when Art Bell was doing the show. Where he was primarily paranormal, I tweaked it a little bit into conspiracies and issues that are affecting us as humans. Alternative medicine. Do we get vaccines? Do we not? And the programs just continue to take off.

Knapp: You know, I get emails as you do … just overwhelmed with the emails from listeners … they’re an opinionated bunch. They don’t keep their opinions to themselves. And they will offer suggestions to me. When they don’t like a show, they’ll tell me. The realization hit me years ago: You can’t please everybody all the time. You’re going to have people who like it, who don’t like it. It’s like riding a Brahma bull. You make it sound easy, but it’s not easy.

Noory: Johnny Carson once said, “I don’t do politics. And the reason I don’t is I don’t want to tick off 50% of my viewers.” I’m the same way. What I try to do is be a facilitator of getting the answers or the truth out without picking sides, without being judgmental, without hanging up on a caller. I just try to do it the way I would want to be treated. And it seems to work for me.

Knapp: Yeah, you let people tell their story. Right?

Noory: Exactly.

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John Fogerty’s UFO Fascination Follows From Childhood Dream

 

Article by George Knapp                          November 14, 2019                             (mysterywire.com)

• Rock legend John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival (pictured above) is celebrating his 50th year as a recording star. He has sold millions of records, and many of his biggest hits have focused on paranormal themes, even UFOs: “chasing down a hoodoo”, “a bad moon rising”, voodoo spells and a zombie or two. George Knapp interviewed him to see where he got his paranormal inspiration.

• Fogarty admitted to Knapp that he was knowledgeable about things like Bob Lazar, Area 51, and Roswell. “Yeah,” said Fogarty, “I guess you’d call me a fan. I started quite young. In the ‘50s, it was a great time for a kid growing up to experience the flying saucer phenomenon and the green men from outer space and all that. I saw every science fiction movie that was made.” He estimates that he’s watched the sci-fi classic “The Day the Earth Stood Still” about 250 times.

• Classic alien invasion movies inspired Fogarty to write “It Came Out of the Sky”, his own prediction of how humans might react to an E.T. landing. (see video below) Has Fogarty ever seen a UFO? “[Not] that I know about, nor have I seen an alien that I know about,” Fogerty says.

• But as a youngster Fogarty had a strange recurring dream about the sensation of flying out of his home and over his town, accompanied by a mysterious friend. He wrote about it in his autobiography, “Fortunate Son,” and openly wonders if the friend was an E.T. “I had this dream from the time I was 6 until I was about 12 … over and over and over.”

• Fogerty says that he had a spiritual epiphany at the grave site of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson. The life-changing moment prompted Fogerty and some other famous musicians to buy headstones for the unmarked graves of several blues artists who had been forgotten.

 

Rock legend John Fogerty is in Las Vegas this week, performing at the Wynn and celebrating his 50th year as a recording star. He has sold millions of records, and many of his biggest hits have focused on paranormal themes, even UFOs.

If you think about some of the most famous lines in his best-known songs, he’s chasing down a hoodoo … he senses a bad moon rising and all the calamity that might follow … he casts spells and watches the skies. We suspected there might be more to the story.

Fogerty calls his music “swamp rock.” Dating back to his Creedence Clearwater Revival days, his themes and lyrics are populated with spooky, swampy folklore, whether its chasing hoodoos, dark premonitions, voodoo spells and a zombie or two. Is he a student of the paranormal?
George Knapp: You know about this stuff. You’re knowledgable. Bob Lazar, Area 51, Roswell. You’re up on it.

Fogerty: Yeah, I’m up on it in a sense. I guess you’d call me a fan. I started quite young. In the ‘50s, it was a great time for a kid growing up to experience the flying saucer phenomenon and the green men from outer space and all that. I saw every science fiction movie that was made, and a lot of the horror ones too.

 

“It Came Out Of the Sky” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (VidzGB YouTube)

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Senator Reid Encouraged by Newfound Interest in UFOs

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Article by George Knapp                         November 4, 2019                          (8newsnow.com)

• When former Nevada Senator Harry Reid was the Majority Leader, he was the go-to guy when it came to UFOs. When Bill Clinton was still president, Reid discussed UFOs with him during a White House visit. Reid told George Knapp that the truth behind UFOs was “something (Bill Clinton) was interested in”. In 2016, Hillary Clinton vowed to open up the Pentagon’s UFO files if elected. The Clintons still seek out Reid for his advice on UFOs.

• Reid had similar conversations with other national figures during his years in the Senate, including Senators Ted Stevens and Daniel Inouye, and former astronaut John Glenn. Knapp, a KLAS-TV Channel 8 reporter in Las Vegas (a CBS-affiliate), asked Reid what specifically John Glenn was interested in about UFOs. Reid said that Glenn remained tight-lipped about the subject, but he was “very interested”. “I didn’t want to push him,” said Reid.

• Bigelow Aerospace was the Nevada contractor who spearheaded Reid’s initial government sponsored UFO study. After that contract ended, Reid, along with Senators Stevens and Inouye appropriated funding for a scaled-down Pentagon UFO program in 2007 called Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, or AATIP. In 2010, Lue Elizondo became the point man for AATIP. Now the Pentagon denies that Elizondo ever worked there.

• UFO critics have pounced on the claim that Elizondo never worked for a Pentagon UFO project. Reid says he’s not surprised. Reid says that there is a fringe group who want to control the UFO narrative, the “so-called conspiratorial folks”. “They go online and try to belittle Elizondo and me and anybody else that is trying to (figure out the UFO stuff) in a scientific way,” says Reid. “Elizondo is a man with a great record serving our country and …he’s not backing off. And I appreciate that very much.”

• Although the Pentagon says AATIP ended in 2012, Reid is informed that the program is ongoing, with greater resources than it had before. And the US Navy has announced that it will encourage UFO encounter reports by pilots, indicating that the subject is no longer taboo. The ongoing wave of media interest has even convinced Reid’s most formidable skeptic – his wife who admitted, “[M]aybe you aren’t crazy after all.”

[Editor’s Note]  I’ll bet that the “conspiratorial folks” are even more nervous about how close Harry Reid is with Deep State toadies like Bill and Hillary Clinton. 

 

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Former Nevada Senator Harry Reid says he’s enthusiastic about reaction to a once-secret study of UFOs that Reid and congressional colleagues authorized more than a decade ago.

The last two years have seen an explosion of interest in UFOs among mainstream media, but there’s been push back from conspiracy enthusiasts, and some military officials.

        astronaut and senator John Glenn

When Bill and Hillary Clinton came to Las Vegas in May to speak to a large audience on the Las Vegas Strip, their first stop was the Henderson home of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. It’s the same path followed by many Democratic politicians and presidential candidates who visit Nevada, seeking guidance from the retired, but still-crafty senator.

Reid and the Clinton”s share an interest in a controversial subject — UFOs. As a presidential candidate in 2016, Hillary Clinton vowed to open up the Pentagon’s UFO files. And when Bill Clinton was still president, Reid asked him about UFOs during one White House visit.

Lue Elizondo

George Knapp: “You discussed it with Bill Clinton. Don’t know if we can talk about this?”

Harry Reid: “Yeah, yeah Bill is, one thing about President Clinton, no one ever said he wasn’t smart. He was and is an extremely intelligent man, and this is something he was interested in.”

Reid was cagey about whether the Clintons discussed UFOs during their recent visit, but told us the subject is definitely on the agenda for their next get together. Reid had similar conversations with other national figures during his years in the senate, including Senators Ted Stevens and Daniel Inouye, who lent their support to the creation of a secret Pentagon study of UFOs, as well as senator and former astronaut John Glenn.

Knapp: “Did he ever give you specifics about why?”
Reid: “Nope, nope, but he, I didn’t want to push him, but he was very interested.”

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