Former WVJS news director Joe Bell dies at 77

Former WVJS news director,
assistant to 3 Ky. governors,
CEO of Ky. Fair & Expo Center
Worked at Owensboro station in the 1950s before serving in administrations of three Ky. governors and as CEO of the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center

Joe Bell, who worked as news director at Owensboro radio station WVJS (1420 AM) in the mid-to-late 1950s, died Tuesday.

He was 77.

Following his time at WVJS, Bell served as administrative assistant to Kentucky governors Bert T. Combs, Ned Breathitt and Wendell Ford, and later became CEO of the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center in Louisville.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda (Manley) Bell; sons, Tom (Christa) and Chris (Lisa) Bell; grandchildren, Sarah Smith (Thomas), Taylor, Christian, Caroline, Ethan and Keegan Bell; and great grandchildren Joseph and Clinton Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT) this Saturday, June 22, at the Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road in Louisville. Burial will be at a later date in the Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Ky.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hosparus of Louisville.


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