The Writer's Block

Jim Christina


Jim Christina is certainly no stranger to the entertainment world. For years he played with a popular acoustic vocal group in the Seattle/Tacoma area in Washington State. The band Sundown became a name in the field until Jim moved back to Southern California. 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 ‘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. Jim and Bobbi think this is a wonderful opportunity to allow writers their say, the audience to learn what makes the writers tick and let the public know where they are going in the future.
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Bobbi Bell


No stranger to co-hosting on radio, 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 Bobbi joins host Jim Christina as his side kick on “The Writer’s Block,” a longtime dream of Jim’s. Bobbi is passionate about the written word and how it is interpreted in prose, poetry, on screen, and in song. She is passionate about 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 developed the OutWest Creed for their "brick and click" OutWest Boutique and Cultural Center: 1. To Bring the Mystique of the "West" (fact, fiction & legend) to a the marketplace 2. To Introduce artisans, musicians, and makers of specialty products to a worldwide audience 3. To nurture 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 to give listeners the opportunity to hear from talented, engaging, and thought provoking authors, poets, and songwriters of all genres. Tune in every Thursday at 8:00 p.m. (PST) to Writer’s Block with Jim and Bobbi! Have a question for Bobbi? Contact her at

Show Time: 
Thursday 7:00PM - 7:59PM
Show Description: 

The premise of The Writer's Block with Jim Christina and Bobbi Bell is to talk to writers of all ilks and get their thoughts, ideas, how they come up with their stories, lyrics, poems, etc. Dig into their heads in a looser format and certainly not scripted. All writers are welcome from novelists, non fiction, poets, musicians and historians, All are welcome. For booking email

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