Harold Bell met Muhammad Ali in 1967 on the campus of Howard University. It was a time in Ali’s life when he was being ostracized by many for refusing to be inducted into the U. S. Army because of his religious beliefs. After his inspiring talk with hundreds of students who cheered his every word, Ali asked for someone to take him on a walking tour of DC. Harold Bell stepped forward and volunteered to lead the tour. The rest is sports and community history.
In 1970, Bell became the first black in DC to host and produce his own radio sports talk show “The Original Inside Sports.”
In 1974, Muhammad Ali flew Harold and his cameraman/producer and Rodney Brown to Chicago to discuss a proposed television special. Ali would be my special guest. We had breakfast and arrived at hotel around 7:00 am and I called Ali’s room and he answered the phone. The rest is sports media history.
Harold Bell is the Godfather of Sports Talk radio and television in Washington, DC. Throughout the mid-sixties, seventies and eighties, Harold embarked upon a relatively new medium–sports talk radio with classic interviews with athletes and sports celebrities. The show and format became wildly popular. Harold has been an active force fighting for the rights of children for over 40 years with the help of his wife through their charity Kids In Trouble, Inc. To learn more about Harold Bell visit his official website The Original Inside Sports.com.