Thursday, June 4, 2015

George Noory Explains Why Coast To Coast Is Such A Success - Interview

For more than a decade, George Noory has been the voice at night, talking about the topics you won’t necessarily find in the mainstream with his wildly popular show Coast to Coast AM.
The paranormal, occult, UFO’s and conspiracy theories are regularly discussed. The show attracts millions of listeners and is the number one-rated talk show across North America. Noory is bringing his show to the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam Saturday, June 6 and Tri-Cities NOW reporter Jeremy Deutsch spoke with the radio host to discuss all things Coast to Coast.

Q: So first off, what can people expect when they come to a live George Noory show, like the one at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver?
A: An exciting couple hours of information, entertainment and some downright fun. One of the great things, is that this is my third trip to Vancouver, and we have a huge listener base there. They just love the program and this one-on-one we do, it’s great. It’s fun, it’s emotional. We do the meet-and-greet, we get together with everybody. Everybody gets a chance to meet me, I’m just looking forward to it, it’s a great area and we’re going to do it. We’ve got three great guests set up, we’ve got a band, I sing on the side and presuming no one’s going to be throwing cabbages at me, we’re going to have a great time.

Q: Why do a live show and where did the idea come from?
A: Throughout the country I would do some panel events where I would host a UFO conference or something like that. And people would come up to me and say, ‘Did you ever think of doing a live stage show, where you bring in a couple guests and you do what you’re going to do? And it evolved. I said, ‘Yes, let’s try this.’ So we’ve done some — a couple in Vancouver, this will be number three. And they’ve just became very, very successful in terms of meeting the audience, getting out one-on-one with all of them. So it was an evolution and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Q: Your show has millions of listeners across the continent, yet you and your show aren’t really household names like some of the other big talk shows and talk show hosts, is that by design?
A: It’s fringe, but it’s huge. We’re on 600 stations in North America. We’ve got 3.25 million listeners every night. It is a huge talk show. We’re dominant at night, we’re the number one-rated talk show across the country. It’s gotten bigger, much bigger than it used to be. We’re surprisingly bigger than most people think.

Q: Would your show work if it wasn’t on late at night?
A: No. Not at all. The mystery of this program is the campfire feeling and setting, whether you’re in your bedroom or in a truck driving home. It works at night. I don’t think it would work in the daytime. Wherever you go, you just scan the dial and you’re going to hear me. But it’s a late night show, and I’ve done this for a long time, and I could never think of doing it in another day part.

Q: The show focuses on UFO’s, the paranormal and those types of topics. What is about those things that interests you?
A: It’s not just paranormal. It is all encompassing now, it’s government conspiracies, it’s world events with our edge. What I did, I took real topics that people are interested in, that people talk about and we exploded it. We got into all different areas and it’s worked for us. So once what was called the paranormal show, it’s not anymore. It’s much broader.

Q: What is it about those topics you think interests people so much?
A: People like the unknown. They like the mysterious, they like the unusual, and we fall right into that. I think that’s what makes it very successful. It’s a program that deals with the mysteries of life and it touches people.

Q: I’ve listened to your show, and even I admit, there are some people with some pretty out there stories and ideas, yet you still treat them with obvious respect. How do you do that?
A: Sometimes I’ll roll my eyes on some of the topics and some of the guests. But I try to give them the kind of respect I want too. I don’t want a talk show host that’s yelling at them and screaming at them telling them what to do. I just treat people with the kind of respect I want to be treated with. And it seems to work for us.

Q: What’s your sense of Canada’s view toward UFO’s, paranormal and those types of topics on your show, is there a difference between Canadian and American audiences?
A: No, not at all, we’re all brothers and sisters and we like the same things. Even the conspiracies and how we look at things in the United States and how you look at things in Canada, people are into what the government is doing, what’s going on. I have found the many times that I’ve been to Canada … that Canadian and Americans are pretty much universally the same about these subjects.

Q: How long do you want to be the host of Coast to Coast AM?
A: I’ve told my staff, I’m not going to retire. What will probably happen is, we’ll go to a commercial break and my producer will come back on the air and say ‘George is no longer with us.’ I’ll probably end up dying in the studio one day and that will be the way I do it

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