Yes, this is me...whatever that means...and thank you for the kind words.
First, just let me say that Bellgab makes me a little nervous and I don't plan on stepping in to this world often because it doesn't really belong to me. Yes, I'm one of the biggest Art Bell fanatics here ...but now I'm sort of on the other side...and it's called 'Bellgab' so honestly I have no reason to post and probably shouldn't... but I have received plenty of email suggesting I say something so here I am...and most of you here can be tough...really tough...as you should. So yeah, I'm scared and I type this with total caution.
Second...I (we) started the FADE to BLACK program the day after Art left the air, again. I was so happy to have him back (just like most fans here) and when he made his sudden departure I couldn't live with it and the only way to get my Art 'fix' was to just go it alone and do my own show. We had already made the format change here at KJCR about two months before joining forces with Dark Matter...we were going to go with another network (the show wasn't the same as FADE to BLACK and in fact had a different name) when Art's departure just sped things up a little...Keith and Dark Matter gave us the opportunity and we ran with it.
Third...starting this month we are going four days a week...with Monday being a 'best of' replay and then live Tue-Friday. The reason this wasn't done before is quality. The amount of work going into a 3-hour live show every day is something you just can't put into words...everyone here is booking guests (only the best will do), working on the website, facebook, youtube, twitter, research, email, editing, audio, video...it is literally a 20 hour a day gig for all of us...then after all of that we still have to do the show! Quality is the most important factor and this show will always strive to be the best it can, period...just adding one more three-hour show is making it an eight day work week. You have your standards of what you think a good or great show should be...but trust me so does Keith and so does Art...and we try to make sure that each and every broadcast is the very best that it can be with no excuses. Keith and I talk immediately after every show and it's like visiting the principal's office...he and Art have the very highest expectations and I only say this because everyone here needs to know that second best is just not an option for anyone involved. When you listen to FADE to BLACK think about that...it's not a joke.
I am honored just to be able to post here with FTB being the subject...please, everyone...check out the show and I sincerely hope that you can get a little of your Art 'fix' out of it until his return ...just like I do. All the best- jimmy.