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|" SAME DAY SERVICE Denture Reline Qnd RepQir Art Bell, the world King of talk radio, is doing what he loves. And he's doing it in Pahrump, a place he loves. He shares both with his special love, Ramona, his wife and soulmate. The broad desert vistas from his home on the outer fringes of this small community, the quiet and tranquility help balance his very public professional life. Bell likes his fellow Pahrumpians who he de- scribes as friendly, but also people who respect his privacy. Bell moved to Pahrump over eight years ago. He hosted a talk radio show for a Las Vegas A.M. station and, like many residents, made the daily commute. He returned to the city for a while, but it was just too big and too fast. So, he and Ramona came home to Pahrump. "Pahrump is like returning to the 50s," they laugh. "There's even Archie's." Art and Ramona Bell are friendly, gracious and genu- ine. They share their home with three cats. Abby, a stray, starving kitten who adopted them when he arrived at the chapel in Las Vegas during their wedding. A silky black beauty, Shadow, was adopted from the local humane society. The organization received contribu- tionsof about $8,000 when Art talked about the crowded conditions during his broadcast and said,'"Please, if you have a couple of bucks you can rub together, send them to the Pahrump Valley Animal Shelter. And please don!t tell them I requested you to do this." The newest addition is a big yellow cat named Pinky, the second wild cat to take refuge under their house. Art has made taming Pinky, now an in house cat, a personal project. Ramona likes to garden and raises the biggest, best artichokes ever according to Art. The couple lives in a modest but comfortable home and both drive economy cars. Art teases that he has to go turn his tires once in a while because he leaves.the property so seldom. The Bell's are niee people. Folks you like to have for neighbors. Visiting over coffee, talking about pets and plants, "guru" is not a word that comes to mind. Yet, "guru" is an apt description for the way many of Art Bell's nearly 15 million listeners view him. COAST TO COAST A.M., broadcast live from 11 p.m. to 4 arm. is the focal point of their lives. DREAMLAND aired on Sunday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. is the highlight of their weekend. "Art Bell" is the subject of nearly every con- versation. When asked how he feels about being considered a guru, Bell says, "It makes EXPANSIVE VISTAS-Ramona and Art Bell on the front porch of their desert home where they enjoy peace, solace and privacy, photo by Patti Babcock me real nervous." He does admit to being a leader. "Others can follow or criticize," he says. "Who cares?" His loyal listeners care. Probably most of them think of him as an exceptional talk show host rather than a guru. Hosting the best talk show on the air is what Bell prepares for everyday. He spends hours gathering and evaluating news from a variety of sources to se- lect the sto- ries that will make good topics for the show and to enable him to knowledge- ably intereact with his call- ers. Callers are never screened. T h e unpredictab- ility this cre- ates adds ex- citement to the show and credibility. Topics are what the callers want to discuss. It can be UFOs, government cover-ups or political, social, economic and earth changes Bell refers to as "The Quicken- ing." Fans view the program as a forum for the truth. Bell says simply, "I mix the pot. I bring out the best in my guests and the audience, and I let the audience decide what is credible. I do what I want to." What he doesn't want to do is analyze the special relationship with his fans that makes him so successful. "If I do that," he says, "It will change." Bell may not want to analyze his success, but it didn't just happen. He has had a lifelong love affair with radio. He has spent most of his life doing what he loves, radio, and getting better. The 51 year old host of "Coast to Coast A.M." has been fascinated with radio since childhood. In his book, THE ART OF TALK, Bell describes involvement with radio as early as two years. His mother insisted his first word was "la-dio" which could only mean "ra-dio." While Bell says he is skepti- VALLEY DENTAL GBOUP 1420 E. State Highway 372 Pahrump, NV, 89041 727-6615 mlmm u iiii Smoke Licen.l&Bonded#l_.|__ -- --,-, . Signals Indian, q ,,-.. ,. ,. a ding P o s t Iwarrantrl I l]i[ [ !m R--adTo D'Tpache' , k  Authentic. Indian Jewelry 7 days a week service 11 II Valentine Gift Headquarters 1220 E. Manse I Ill -- E. ofPVBLVD 62! 41Ill Open 7 Days a Week.10 A.M.. 5P.M. 727-44 (near 160 & Bin) J, Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, January 16, 1997 13 cal about this, when you spend time with him in person or"in person via the air waves," it's easy to believe. During a visit with grandparents, where the family gathered around a huge RCA radio, twelve year old Bell fell in love. Romanced by the magic box that connected him with people from miles away, the young man began his pursuit of doing what he loved. Listening to radio was fascinating, but Bell wanted more. He wanted real communication. He wanted to talk to people. A neighbor, Paul Weiss, introduced the boy to the tool he needed, HAM radio. At age 13, Bell passed the FCC HAM radio exam, and W60BB began his journey from amateur radio operator to King of nighttime talk radio. From his room in the home his family moved to in Blue Ridge, Maryland when Bell was 14 until he enlisted in the Air Force at 17, W60BB talked to people all over the world. Continued on page 15 $22,500 16 10 AC PARCELS IN FAST GROWING AMARGOSA, OWC $52,$00 3/2 FIREPLACE, CATHEDRAL CEILINGS, FENCED, TREES $85,000 10 YR. 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