George Ralph Noory (born June 4, 1950) is an American radio talk show host.
As of 2009, he is the weekday host of the late-night radio talk show Coast to Coast AM. He is heard across the United States and Canada on many AM, FM and XM Satellite Radio. His show is one of the most listened to overnight programs. The program is syndicated by Premiere Radio, a division of Clear Channel Communications.
Noory was born in Detroit, Michigan, but he grew up in Dearborn Heights. He now resides in Los Angeles, California and occasionally broadcasts from, and frequently mentions on air, St. Louis, Missouri. Noory has more than 37 years of broadcasting experience.
Early life, career, and family
George Noory served nine years in the United States Naval Reserve as a full Lieutenant. Noory is a Roman Catholic of Lebanese descent. He has said that he became fascinated with ufology and the paranormal as a child after having an out-of-body experience. As a teenager, Noory joined NICAP, the UFO organization that was a precursor to today's MUFON. Noory came to St. Louis in 1979 to be news director at KSDK channel 5 television before making the transition back to radio.
Noory was a broadcast major at the University of Detroit.
Noory's family is said to be of Lebanese Christian descent and his father was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1922. According to Noory, he was brought up as a Roman Catholic and his mother was a devout Catholic. He says he believes in "a God," but some of his views, for instance, on reincarnation and the creation of the human race by aliens contradict typical Christian doctrine.
George Noory is currently divorced and has said on-air that he has been married twice. (He once referred to the odd-hours and stress of working as a late-night talk show host as one of the reasons for his failed marriages.) Noory has three children, and four grandchildren.[Citation Needed]
Coast to Coast AM
Noory became a guest host for Coast to Coast AM before replacing Ian Punnett as the Sunday night host. His first show was on April 28, 2001. On January 1, 2003, Noory took over week-night hosting duties from Art Bell, who had again decided to retire. On January 21, 2006, it was announced that Bell would return to Coast to Coast AM on Saturdays and Sundays, replacing Punnett on Saturdays, and Noory on the first two Sundays of the month. Bell returned to the air waves January 22, 2006 following his wife's death on January 5, 2006. While Punnett went on to host the Coast to Coast Live spin-off on Saturday nights, Noory remained the week-night host. With Noory as host and Art Bell doing the weekends, Coast to Coast AM remained one of the most listened to late night talk radio shows.
Noory has repeatedly announced on-air that he is committed to remaining the principal host of "Coast" until at least 2012, a year frequently called the so-called "Doomsday". His commitment is substantiated by a long-term contract with Premiere Radio Networks, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications which also produces radio programs for Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, and Glenn Beck. Noory has stood by his foreboding notion that 2012 will be a year of calamitous change on a global scale.Since then, Noory recently retracted his admission of staying on until 2012. On the August 17, 2007 broadcast, George Noory made a statement during the third hour that he had a meeting a few weeks ago with Premiere Radio Networks outlining his tenure. He stated that he wishes to sign another five-year contract in 2012, extending his hosting duties until about 2017. Noory went on to mention,
And then I'll go 3 days a week when I'm 66 years old. That's 9 years away; that's a long time. And they [Premiere Radio Networks] said okay, we'll do it.Noory has repeatedly vowed on-air that he will stay on C2CAM until he is "dragged out." However, WorldNetDaily reports interest in a President Noory campaign in 2012. This might be response to comments such as:
In every city on my book tour through last year, audiences told me they are crying out for major change in Washington D.C.
On March 10, 2007, Noory introduced Art Bell for his Lifetime Achievement Award from "Radio & Records," the radio industry trade journal. The next week he replayed his introductory speech and Art Bell's acceptance speech. Noory revealed that although he has worked for Coast to Coast AM since 2001, that night was the first time he had met Art Bell in person.
Views on religion
On various shows George has in various ways let it be known that he believes in God and that God is all knowing and powerful. George has encouraged prayer for various persons. He is opposed to Christian and Muslim fundamentalism though is tactful about it, for example saying to one of his guests "Brother" Michael Dimond "I can't believe that" when Brother Dimond said that anyone who was not apart of the Catholic Church would end up in Hell. In another recent show, in which he was interviewing a guest who was raving about the Bible and Planet X, and seemed to be drunk, George said, "forgetting the religiosity" and attempted to get the guest to not quote large chunks of Scripture, most likely so as not to offend or turn off anti-Christian listeners. Interestingly, this guest was supposed to be interviewed for three-hours, but his ranting became so painful that without explanation the guest's interview was dismissed during commercial break.
"Father" Wingate's racial stereotypes
Noory hosted a show in which he interviewed guest speaker, priest Wingate, a dissident Catholic and alleged prophet of the End Times. Wingate claimed to have spoken with "our Lord" (as many guests have on Coast to Coast) and that Americans are impatient due to their composition of a mixture of races, and that they were no longer Americans as they once were in the past (the implication being that America was once only composed of whites), and that because countries such as China are of one race only, that they have a common agenda (with the implication that therefore America will fall to such communist countries as China in the end). George did not express agreement with Wingate and appeared to have tried to cut Wingate short from going on further with such claims by taking calls from listeners, but when Wingate attempted to continue George allowed him to.
Mentally ill guests and pandering
Notable are the many clearly mentally ill guests who call into Coast to Coast AM, whose obvious rantings George will rarely disagree with, but which he will instead spin as a logical comment or question for the guest to comment on. A clear example of this occurred when one caller called in to talk about a conspiracy hard-drives and having something to do with Russians. George then replied to his guest with, "He's got a point there" despite the caller's comments making little sense. There is no evidence that this was an intentional pandering but may have simply been due to George not having paid attention to what was being said carefully and not wanting to have appeared to be asleep at the wheel. In contrast, hosts like Presbyterian host Ian Punnet, who immediately expresses his disagreement with clearly illogical comments, though not always with a logical reply.
On 19 September 2006, Noory released his first book with co-author William J. Birnes entitled Worker in the Light: Unlock Your Five Senses And Liberate Your Limitless Potential. New York: Forge. ISBN 0-7653-1087-2.
- Art Bell
- Coast to Coast Topics: 9/11 Conspiracy theories, New World Order, Chemtrail theory, Classified information in the United States, SETI, Time travel, Central Intelligence Agency, United States Department of Defense, Albert Einstein, Ufology, Lucid Dreaming, paranormal, string theory, near-death experience, ghosts, electronic voice phenomena, Dannion Brinkley, Carl Sagan, solar system, Peak Oil, biodiesel, Global Warming, and the undead.