Jim Christina is an author himself. In 2008 Jim began writing a series of books about an Arizona Man Hunter in the 1880’s which has now snowballed into 11 novels and coming. With titles like “Requiem for an Appaloosa”, “The Dark Angel”, “Contraband Cowboys”, “Taggert” and “Still Waters”, any lover of western stories would appreciate the realism and grit these novels contain. Having been a frequent guest on KHTS Hometown radio’s ‘Around the Barn’ with Bobbi Bell and Nancy Zee, Jim quickly picked up on the tempo and immediacy of live radio. So, with conversations with Bobbi Bell to join him as Co-Host and Russ Aveson (no stranger to talk radio either) to come in as occasional guest host, he decided to launch “The Writer’s Block” a series of conversations with writers of fiction, non-fiction, music, poetry, history and, well pretty much whatever people write and for what reasons. Wanting to keep the format loose and fun, Bobbi and Jim opted for a relaxed format to allow the writer to express themselves in their own way, with Jim and Bobbi steering the course.
Co-host Bobbi Bell was part of the “Around The Barn” Saturday morning team on Santa Clarita’s KHTS Hometown radio for several years. Currently, you can catch her on “Campfire Café” every Thursday at 12:00pm (CST) with host Gary Holt. They cover the equestrian lifestyle as well as western and country music on www.equestrianlegacy.net. Bobbi appreciates the written word and how it is interpreted in prose, poetry, on screen, and in song. Additionally, her big passion is the American West and how its story has been told – the truth and the myth, the landscape, the people and their stories, the cultural arts and the West as portrayed by musicians, writers, authors, artists, designers, craftspeople, weavers, potters, jewelers, and filmmakers. Bobbi and her husband, Jim Bell, are so committed to presenting the West to a worldwide audience that they created the “brick and click” OutWest Boutique and Cultural Center in Newhall, California. The boutique brings the Mystique of the “West” (fact, fiction & legend) to the marketplace, introduces artisans, musicians, and makers of specialty products to a worldwide audience, and nurtures a dream of all those who see an inspiration for today from traditions of the past. Presenting the power of the written word, each year, OutWest organizes The Buckaroo Book Shop, a Community Partner to the annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. Over 20 authors are available to chat with readers, sign books, and be part of panel discussions and interviews. They continue to present new authors’ works through their ongoing “Rendezvous with a Writer” events. Vice President of the Western Music Association California Chapter, Bobbi enjoys meeting songwriters and musicians who have a love for the music of the West – including Western, Folk, Roots, Americana, Bluegrass, Swing, and Rockabilly and she actively seeks venues and ways to promote their music. Since 2009, with her husband Jim, they have hosted evenings of live music captured on film by their community’s local media center, SCVTV. Known as SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series, these intimate live acoustic music concerts have been enjoyed by audiences throughout the world through SCVTV’s website. Bobbi is excited about joining Jim Christina on The Writer’s Block. You can tune in every Thursday at 8:00 p.m. (PST)
I’m looking forward to a fun conversation on Thursday night. Please join us if you can.
To Your Success,