Randy Bell has been covering Mississippi news for 41 years. He'sthinking about making a career out of it. After getting his start inradio as a DJ in his hometown station in Vernon, Alabama (his firstwords on the radio were introducing a song by Herman's Hermits),Randy thought he wanted to get involved in the technical side of thebusiness. But after one semester of 8AM labs, he decided a degreein Electrical Engineering at Miss. State wasn't such a good idea andswitched to Communications (although he was already working at alocal station in Starkville and learning more about radio on the job than in school.
In 1975, Randy applied at WJDX as either a DJ or news reporter. Turns out, the station had an opening only in news-- and the rest ishistory. He has covered eight governors and six hurricanes and haswitnessed six executions. Randy has flown with the Blue Angels and had lunch with Ronald Reagan at the White House.
Randy has been named Mississippi's Radio Newsperson of the Year18 times and has won 21 national Edward R. Murrow Awards. Hecoordinates Mississippi's Emergency Alert System and helped develop the state's AMBER Alert plan.
He and his wife, Pat, have been married for 41 years and they havetwo children and five grandchildren.