Randy Bell has been covering Mississippi news for 41 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 21 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 41 years and they havetwo children and five grandchildren.