George Noory is the voice of Coast to Coast AM, the syndicated late-night radio show whose millions of devoted fans put the normal back in paranormal. Callers from the future, alien abductions, NASA's coverup of strange structures found on the moon—nothing's too "out there" for Noory's audience.
WW talked to the L.A.-based host this week about C2C and his debut book, Worker in the Light: Unlock Your Five Senses and Liberate Your Limitless Potential (co-written with William Birnes).
WW: In your book, you talk about harnessing the power of your listeners' collective goodwill to weaken a hurricane and expose the Beltway Snipers (who were arrested soon after). What mechanism do you think was at work?
George Noory: I've always called it a "wireless Internet." There's something out there that has an incredible ability to control, steer, push, manipulate. I think people in masses all somehow get on to this [connection] and can change events. I'm not saying we were responsible for these things, but it sure is strange that every time we really concentrate on something, it happens.
Didn't Art Bell, from whom you took the show's reins in 2003, give you a warning about using that kind of power?
Art believes in it—but he did give us a warning. He doesn't know how you can control it. I think that you can control it. I think that doing good in the long run is well worth it. So I'm going to keep doing it.
Have you thought about trying to use that power to foster world peace?
We have not tried it on Iraq yet or on terrorism—because I may want some help from some bigger people. If there are indeed consequences, I'm not sure I want to be responsible for that.
What's the weirdest call you've ever gotten?
A woman called and said that her husband, who was never late, came home very late one night and claimed that he was abducted by an alien. I said, "What else?" She said he was very sweaty. And I said, "What else did they do?" She said they stole his wedding ring. [Laughs.] I had a doctor who called and said he had just delivered a baby clown with the nose, feet and everything.
How many of your callers do you think are just making stuff up?
Without putting a direct percent on it, I would say there are a lot of people who are making up a good tale, a good story. But in the middle of that you have the person who is calling with a real story. One of the things that has made Coast to Coast so successful is that you really don't know which is which.
Let's talk about the "lucid dreaming" your book gives instructions for.
I have literally sent messages to people in my dream state who, the next day, will call me and say, "Hey, I was thinking about this." During some of my days when I wanted to date somebody, I'd send her a message and she might not have shown any interest in me, but man, a day or so later, she sure did. I can only assume it's because of that. I didn't send her any flowers!
You also give instructions for out-of-body travel. You say you did it once when you were 11 years old but haven't been able to do it since. Why should people follow your instructions then?
Other people have been able to do it. I can't, so there must be a block I haven't been able to figure out yet.
How long will you keep doing the show?
Originally, I was going to go to 2012 [when the Mayan calendar stops] and just retire. But I'm going to keep going until they carry me out on a gurney.
What's going to happen in 2012?
I don't think it will be the end of the earth, I think it'll be the beginning of something new. I think if the kind of people who listen to Coast to Coast continue to do what they do, in the long run, with a lot of little turmoil and horror in between, we're going to win out. We're not ready yet, and the timing is not ready yet to do what this audience can do. We're tuning ourselves up, and there'll be a time when we do it.
What is it?
We are going to use the power of the mind at the right time.
To do what?
Hopefully, save this planet from itself.
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