Not sure why, but lately I have been thinking a lot about late night radio. Maybe it’s because I was recently listening to an old recording of Terrence McKenna on Coast to Coast AM back when it was hosted by Art Bell.
I originally remember catching the broadcast when it aired completely by accident at around 2am on my clock radio during my first year on my own. It blew my mind. But what was also amazing was the feeling that there were countless other heads and seekers out there listening to the same program at the same time – coast to coast.
Don’t get me wrong. The advent of podcasting has made culture and information available that just would have never seen the light of day otherwise, but there is just something magical about those late night broadcasts. Something communal. Something spooky.