Thursday, June 01, 2006

KNYE Gets Needed Help

Ramona Bell at KNYE



Karen Jackson, the new Station Manager of KNYE, 95.1 FM, in Pahrump, Nevada, has a lot of career experience and success in many areas of business. But not in running a radio station.

A friend of Ramona Bell, Ms. Jackson took on the prodigious job of running KNYE when Art Bell left the country to marry a 23-year-old Filipina he met on the internet, before his wife of 15 years, (and owner of KNYE) Ramona had been in her grave 10 weeks.

Not coming from a radio background and needing some help with learning the ‘ropes’, Ms. Jackson called on two experienced Radio engineers; HAMS and former friends of Art & Ramona Bell whom Ms. Jackson had met on their prior visits to Pahrump, KNYE, and the Bell’s home. She requested them to facilitate her ‘learning curve’ with the needed new radio skills.

Greg Sousa W6EZV, was in Pahrump from May 15th to the 19th, 2006. Jim Watkins KI6GU, was in Pahrump from May 16th to the 18th, 2006. They taught Ms. Jackson how to use and adjust Adobe Audition, among other things.

They also took KNYE ‘live’ and took questions from listeners. Below are pictures of them on-air.


Greg Sousa


Jim Watkins









I have no idea what Greg Sousa was paid, but Jim Watkins supplied me with a copy of his paycheck, before cashing it:










This was apparently an agreeable arrangement all around. Ms. Jackson got the help and tutoring she felt she needed, and Greg Sousa and Jim Watkins earned a few extra bucks (probably not enough to pay for their gasoline) and were able to help out, in Ramona’s name.

The only fly in the ointment turned out to be Paul Bowman W7MAG, who it would seem, became enraged when he found a picture of Jim Watkins KI6GU, working at KNYE on his http://www.hamcams.com/ that Greg Sousa W6EZV, had posted. He ‘bumped’ Greg’s HamCams spot almost immediately.

This development was surprising, but not, to me. Does Paul Bowman feel he is Art Bell‘s business manager? Has he been legally given ‘carte blanche’ over Arts affairs (what a pun)? Art Bell hired Ms. Jackson, and he is her ‘boss’, not Paul Bowman.

Much more likely, was Paul just angry in a petty sort of way, to see a picture of Jim Watkins on his precious HamCams page, when Art Bell had directed him to ban Jim from the popular site? After all, it IS his site, or at least he hosts and maintains it per original request from Art Bell, so he can do what he wants with it. He can pick and choose who may use it, but in doing so, he lets the rest of the world see his nasty feelings in an unintended way.

I for one am glad to see KNYE, one of Ramona’s pet projects, being cared for so professionally, (even if it is making Art Bell more money), by Ms. Jackson. Congrats to Ms. Jackson, Jim Watkins, and Greg Sousa for doing the right thing! Finally, I think Ms. Jackson hired the right people for the job; KNYE’s audio sounds much better now...

12 comments:

Freddie said...

I guess the only bright spot in this whole thing is that Art Bell has left the country. I am glad that we are from that old sick bastard.

I just wonder, won't Art Bell be mad that Jim was at Art's radio station, since they did have a falling out?

Bill Crowell, W6WBJ said...

I don't understand why Art Bell and Paul Bowman wouldn't appreciate the help that Greg and Jim were trying to give them. It sounds to me like they are a couple of complete ingrates.

bob said...

this story is bullshit...all lies....and yes freddie...art is really pissed jim was at the station, as greg passed him off as someone else...as jim and greg had never met karen at arts as stated...the check is a phoney...the whole story is a bullshit lie except for greg being asked out by karen to help her on a program....there was no on the air shows....no changes to the station audio, as only art can do that via the web. and when karen found out who jim really was they were asked to leave...jim was passed off as someone else,,,when paul saw jim at knye on gregs webcam slot he removed greg from the program as everyone had been told jim is not to be allowed at arts house or the station.

KI6GU said...

For the record, what Evvy stated in the Grudge Report is accurate except for a couple of minor errors which were not her fault. They are that Karen had met me prior to my last trip to Pahrump. She had met Greg at Ramona's funeral, but she had never met me before. However, she had been introduced to me by Greg on the telephone and she knew fully well who I was and she agreed to Greg's suggestion that she bring me out to Pahrump to help her learn how to do audio editing and multitrack recording for radio production. We also agreed to my rate of payment for producing commercial spots for the station whether from Burbank or while in Pahrump. That rate of payment was $50 per commercial. Evvy was also mistaken about altering the audio settings of the station. That was not done, however it can be done at the station and it can not be done over the internet as there is no remote control of the audio processing chain via the internet. Other than that, Evvy's account of the event is 100% correct. The check image I sent her to post was altered just as a practical joke on Art as I knew he would shit a gold brick when he saw that. The actual amount of the check was $200.00. That was $100.00 for the two spots I did while there and $100.00 for my cost of gas getting to and from Pahrump.

The following are facts: Both Greg and myself were in Pahrump and we stayed at Karen's house while we were there. Greg was there more days than I was because I had to work here in LA part of that week. Both Greg and myself got paid. I recorded two spots for a Bar-B-Cue restaurant in Pahrump and I helped Karen to learn audio editing and multitrack recording using Adobe Audition. I went on the Air live and played music as a DJ twice for approximately two hours each time. I also took requests and put some callers on the air. Part of the reason I was brought out to Pahrump was to help Karen get used to doing a live radio because she wanted to start doing a contest where the license plate of a car spotted in town with a KNYE bumper sticker would be read on the air and then the person would have 95.1 minutes to call the station and win $95. We did in fact do that contest however we did not have a winner while I was there, but Karen did tell me that she had a winner the next day after I returned to home. By the way, this contest was apparently done by Ramona in the early days of KNYE and that's where Karen got the idea. I talked to Arts ham buddy Gene (I don't recall his call sign at the moment) on two meters, as did Greg, while we were there. So he could vouch for us being there. Greg and I were also both on 3840 from my mobile briefly one night talking to Billy and Steve. I am sure some people overheard that conversation. I know some people are saying that the pictures on the Grudge report are from a previous visit to Pahrump. They are not. I have more pictures including some of me and Karen together in the production room of KNYE. Karen did not work at KNYE during any of my previous visits to Pahrump. Paul was out of town when Greg and I were there and I'm sure that when he returned and got wind of the fact that Greg and I were there, he blew a gasket. I don't think that Paul or Karen have told Art the whole story because Art would be livid if he knew what went on in his absence. Karen could loose her Job. That's why They are denying that it happened. But it did happen exactly the way I said it did and I can prove it. If anyone is interested, I will be happy to provide a scanned copy of my unaltered $200.00 check from KNYE and although I can not speak for Greg, I am pretty sure he would not mind providing a copy of his check. He was paid $1000.00 I can also provide many additional pictures of myself, Karen and Greg from this event. If you choose not to believe this, so be it, but this the absolute truth.

--Jim

KI6GU said...

For the record, what Evvy stated in the Grudge Report is accurate except for a couple of minor errors which were not her fault. They are that Karen had met me prior to my last trip to Pahrump. She had met Greg at Ramona's funeral, but she had never met me before. However, she had been introduced to me by Greg on the telephone and she knew fully well who I was and she agreed to Greg's suggestion that she bring me out to Pahrump to help her learn how to do audio editing and multitrack recording for radio production. We also agreed to my rate of payment for producing commercial spots for the station whether from Burbank or while in Pahrump. That rate of payment was $50 per commercial. Evvy was also mistaken about altering the audio settings of the station. That was not done, however it can be done at the station and it can not be done over the internet as there is no remote control of the audio processing chain via the internet. Other than that, Evvy's account of the event is 100% correct. The check image I sent her to post was altered just as a practical joke on Art as I knew he would shit a gold brick when he saw that. The actual amount of the check was $200.00. That was $100.00 for the two spots I did while there and $100.00 for my cost of gas getting to and from Pahrump.

The following are facts: Both Greg and myself were in Pahrump and we stayed at Karen's house while we were there. Greg was there more days than I was because I had to work here in LA part of that week. Both Greg and myself got paid. I recorded two spots for a Bar-B-Cue restaurant in Pahrump and I helped Karen to learn audio editing and multitrack recording using Adobe Audition. I went on the Air live and played music as a DJ twice for approximately two hours each time. I also took requests and put some callers on the air. Part of the reason I was brought out to Pahrump was to help Karen get used to doing a live radio because she wanted to start doing a contest where the license plate of a car spotted in town with a KNYE bumper sticker would be read on the air and then the person would have 95.1 minutes to call the station and win $95. We did in fact do that contest however we did not have a winner while I was there, but Karen did tell me that she had a winner the next day after I returned to home. By the way, this contest was apparently done by Ramona in the early days of KNYE and that's where Karen got the idea. I talked to Arts ham buddy Gene (I don't recall his call sign at the moment) on two meters, as did Greg, while we were there. So he could vouch for us being there. Greg and I were also both on 3840 from my mobile briefly one night talking to Billy and Steve. I am sure some people overheard that conversation. I know some people are saying that the pictures on the Grudge report are from a previous visit to Pahrump. They are not. I have more pictures including some of me and Karen together in the production room of KNYE. Karen did not work at KNYE during any of my previous visits to Pahrump. Paul was out of town when Greg and I were there and I'm sure that when he returned and got wind of the fact that Greg and I were there, he blew a gasket. I don't think that Paul or Karen have told Art the whole story because Art would be livid if he knew what went on in his absence. Karen could loose her Job. That's why They are denying that it happened. But it did happen exactly the way I said it did and I can prove it. If anyone is interested, I will be happy to provide a scanned copy of my unaltered $200.00 check from KNYE and although I can not speak for Greg, I am pretty sure he would not mind providing a copy of his check. He was paid $1000.00 I can also provide many additional pictures of myself, Karen and Greg from this event. If you choose not to believe this, so be it, but this the absolute truth.

--Jim

bob said...

i must retract my posting and i
must apologize to jim and greg for
my posting, as i now find out i
was played like a piano for someones personal revenge. i was
assured what i posted was the truth, only to now find out it was
all a lie. i was used good and
have learned to not trust anyone on anything in the future. i am very sorry i upset you jim, but your reaction to me was warrented.
i have recieved phone calls and emails asking who these deepthroat persons were....i will keep that to myself, but i must state here due to the calls and emails that it was not art, ben or orv.
again, to jim and greg and evvy, i am very sorry for the post.

evvy said...

Jim ki6gu wrote:
>>>For the record, what Evvy stated in the Grudge Report is accurate

Jim, thank you for recounting your experience. You could have easily kept quiet & let me take the flack, and I would have! Send me those pics and I'll post (at least some) on the HamFanz Blog.

evvy said...

Bob k6mit wrote:
>>>as i now find out i
was played like a piano for someones personal revenge.

Bob. Sigh. Thank you for the 'apology'. It makes me a little sad that you didn't believe me.

I hope you review who your 'friends' are, and are not! Anyone who would 'use' you like that is no friend, but an enemy...

Want me to do a GRUDGE on what happed to you regarding this issue? Just forward me the info in question and I will be happy to 'expose' the scoundrels.

Why protect these people from public scrutiny? Do they deserve to be protected from what they have done?

If folks continue to 'protect' them, thinking they are friends, they WILL do the same to someone else in the future...

KI6GU said...

There is one other thing I forgot to mention in my earlier post. Despite the fact that Karen has no prior experience in radio, I don't think you could find a better person already in the Pahrump area to manage KNYE. She has business and sales experience and she has the passion and enthusiasm to learn the other stuff. I wish her the best of luck. I think she will do well.

n7js said...

It's amazing an event like this would solicit any re-action. From where I stand - it appears Jim and Greg were asked to do some legitimate work and they were paid for it. I'll admit, it is rather ironic and they probably did share a chuckle over it. An adult re-action from the other camp to this would have been "Ok, they got some chuckles, but we got some legitimate work done and paid them a paltry sum". Anybody else with professional broadcast experience would have charged $2,000 just to show up minus the chuckles.
The most amazing part of it - is it would elicit a re-action from individuals who are not even associated directly. Why? Apparently Bob was fed some information from a supposed "Deepthroat". I'm sorry but "Deepthroat" told the truth. I don't think the alteration of the check was a smart move, because that starts doubt in everyone's mind about what else was altered. But the fact remains, the check was real. What you have here is a Pinnocio and possibly Pinnocio's nose licker who made Bob look like a fool. The rest of us standing back trying to make sense of everything are rather perplexed. It is the very reason I take titles such as Morally Superior, Misfit, and A1 Operator and try to reduce them to absurdity. It is because the whole situation is absurd. Let's elevate it all and keep the truth rolling.
N7JS (aka Moral Misfit)

WB6BNQ said...


vache920 wrote:

If Karen could lose her job, then Why was any of this made public? Is it fair to Karen? Or is she merely a witless victim in the continuing "Art wars?"

Why further inflame Art, whom BTW I am no longer a fan of since Ramona's death, at the expense of Karen, with the check altered to
appear to be for $2,000.?

Hey, if Karen does not need the job, as in she is independently
wealthy, have at tormenting Art! Though if you were sincerely attempting to help Karen in her new position, then why was any of
this brought to public light? So much for remembering discretion is
the better part of valor.

Or was this all just a merry way to take a jab at Art, no matter whose expense it would in the end be of?

*just asking*


VACHE-zipping up my flame suit for asking that which I do not know of



Hello Vache,

No flame war here !

You exactly hit on the very question that came to my mind and, no doubt others. So, while the facts may be accurate, they do not always tell the whole story.

Is Art BEll a fuck up ? Sure he is and a damn fine one at that.

However, Art Bell's problems have to do with his complete dishonesty to his commercial radio audience and so-called Ham radio friends and his complete lack of candor, decency and honor. Art Bell has many faults BUT I will not bore everyone with the litany. Suffice it to say that all of this has nothing to do with the person employed as the "Station Manager" for KNYE. The "Station Manager" has no connection with the commercial ART BELL syndication or the Amateur radio environment.

The stated (to me on the air) purpose of Jim and Greg's trip was to show that ART BELLLLLLLLLL was not in control. So what ? And who cares ? It is pretty hard to be in "instant" control when you are on the other side of the Earth. That is why a "Station Manager" was employed. To trade on the fact that this "Station Manager" may need some help as a means to pull a prank, is to say the least, well, less then honorable.


Bill....WB6BNQ

KI6GU said...

Art isn't going to fire Karen unless he's willing to return to the states and run the station himself and finding someone as capable as karen is will not be easy at the rates Art is willing to pay. So it ain't gonna happen. But fear of the possibility explanes why Karen and Paul have not been 100% forthcoming in what they have said about all this. Oh and one other thing: Karen has trippled the sales at KNYE since she took over. Art would be a fool to fire her now; he's too greedy!

--Jim

 

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