After thirty some-odd years in mass communication, John B. Wells is fed up with mainstream media. “Six companies control it all and CIA ‘owns’ every high-profile media personality. This is according to former CIA Director Colby. If you don’t believe me, you can look it up.”
And that is why he is the host of Caravan to Midnight, one of the most successful and wide-ranging, internet-delivered programs in the world. Five days a week, he provides his membership extraordinary interviews with some of the most notable and controversial personalities ever to speak their minds, revealing information and opinions that are simply not available from the mainstream media.
“Conspiracy is defined as deliberate concealment of something that should be generally known. So it’s not always a conspiracy theory. Sometimes it’s lie detection,” says Wells, in what has been described as a basso profondo voice instantly recognized all over the globe.
The Texas native got his start at the local KZDEW-FM station known as The Zoo. His immediate success as a host at the station granted him countless bookings and international voice acting opportunities, eventually prompting him to buy his own recording studio. There he recorded everything from TV and radio commercials; corporate narrations, including those for government contractors in aerospace; movie trailers; and the occasional bit part in movies like JFK—for which he did the opening narration—and Talk Radio, both by Oliver Stone.
The United Kingdom and Europe took a liking to his distinctive voice as well. BBC Radio 1, 2FM Dublin, and Hit 95 Berlin all had him as the image voice of their stations and networks. He even held a contract for sixteen years in South Africa for Lexington cigarettes. “We went to South Africa every year. I fell in love with it at wheels-down: the culture, the food, the natural beauty and the people. Such an extraordinary place. It’s being destroyed, you know. And not for the reasons you may think,” he says, with a dour look on his face. “The whole ‘freedom’ thing was nothing more than communism. I know, because I was there. Once you know what really happened, it will make you sick. But then, once you know the truth about most of your so-called reality, it will make you sick. That’s why I do what I do now.”
The march of technology soon made a studio engineer, secretary, assistant and even a specially designed, acoustically tuned studio unnecessary. Live sessions over integrated services digital network were becoming a nuisance.
“These radio station producers were calling several times a day. I told them we’re dropping ISDN sessions because they’re making me nuts. Internet delivery only from now on. Within two weeks, the word came down from corporate that ISDN was going away.”
Ahead of the curve again. Now a laptop and an interface for your mic was all it took, and soon, professional boredom set in. “Not working with a crew or even having human contact was a little dreary. Get the script from email, record the file and send it back over the ‘net. Next….”
In 2005, Wells contacted his friend and former Program Director from the KZEW days, Tom Owens.
As it turned out, Tom was Senior VP of New Content for Premiere Radio Networks. A couple of lunches and about a month later, Wells was put into a fill-in slot at Coast to Coast AM, the most famous overnight talk show in the history of radio. He did one show and nothing else happened for two years. But then occasional fill-ins eventually led to a regular slot on Saturday night in January of 2012. And the same thing happened there that had happened at The Zoo: his listenership and the ratings went through the roof.
“Coast is still a haven for ‘woo-woo’ topics. Bigfoot, ghosts and other flashlight-underthe- blanket-with-the-other-kiddies twaddle. I did a little of that; you know, Satanists and Dark Side of The Moonies. But I was more interested in NSA whistleblowers like William Binney, new technology experts and visionaries like Ray Bradbury, nuclear experts like Arnie Gunderson.”
Has he ever seen a UFO? “Yes, but you can’t talk about that to just anybody, let alone everybody. But yes, they are quite real. Everybody in government at certain levels knows it and has known about it since Harry Truman. Look it up. 1952 UFO Flap. You’ll see.”
But his interviews on Coast to Coast AM were not limited to the esoteric or the arcane.
“You know, one night I had Paul Rogers of Bad Company, Jack Cassidy of Jefferson Airplane, Leslie West of Mountain and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull each take an hour to talk about what ever happened to the so-called Revolution. All of these great artists on one show? Amazing! Especially Ian. He had a lot to say about the Islamization of England. He’s not happy about it, I can tell you. A great guy. You would think that show would have been made known through every PR outlet in existence.”
During his time at Coast, conspiracy was always in the back of his mind. The 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown led Wells to start his own subscription TV and talk show, Caravan to Midnight, as an awareness site and a place to get Geiger counters and countermeasures equipment.
Though “radiation shows” were feared to be ratings-killers, the ratings continued to climb and his new show was “not helpful politically” to Coast to Coast management. And so, after just a little over two years of regular programs, he was fired.
“Best things that ever happened to me in radio was going on to Coast to Coast and then leaving Coast to Coast,” he says, because his audience followed him to Caravan to Midnight.
“They are the most loyal listeners you could ever imagine. We are a huge family. I engage and they engage. We help people who need it. With information and sometimes with money. We bring light where there is none. It’s not a job, it’s a mission. It always has been. Did they really think I was going to stop? Too many people have been lulled into a sense of security that does not exist. Now it’s becoming denial. And denial is dangerous.”
So with this huge following and a track record of high ratings numbers, why has he not been inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame?
“You tell me.” He grins again.