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Randy Bell has been covering Mississippi news for 37 years. He's
thinking about making a career out of it. After getting his start in
radio as a DJ in his hometown station in Vernon, Alabama (his first
words on the radio were introducing a song by Herman's Hermits),
Randy thought he wanted to get involved in the technical side of the
business. But after one semester of 8AM labs, he decided a degree
in Electrical Engineering at Miss. State wasn't such a good idea and
switched to Communications (although he was already working at a
local 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 is
history. He has covered eight governors and six hurricanes and has
witnessed 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 Year
18 times and has won 19 national Edward R. Murrow Awards. He
coordinates Mississippi's Emergency Alert System and helped develop the state's AMBER Alert plan.
He and his wife, Pat, have been married for 38 years and they have
two children and five grandchildren.