I spent my formative years in Buffalo, New York where I learned to walk, talk, shovel snow and shiver. I eventually moved to Albany, New York where I refined my shivering and shoveling skills, (less snow, but colder)Finally, in 2008, I made it to SW Florida where it doesn't snow and the only ice you can find is in your drink. The heaviest piece of cold weather clothing I own is a hooded sweatshirt.
As a child I listened to the radio a lot. One birthday I got a transistor radio the size of a package of cigarettes, I could put it in my pocket and have music everywhere I went. I remember listening to the disc jockey's and wondering what it must feel like to reach out and "touch" so many people. Music, news and so much more (at home, in the car, on your bicycle), radio certainly was an incredible medium. At that time, you could only watch TV in the living room.
As one matures, the question of "...what am I going to do with my life," must be answered and addressed. Going through college, I had summer jobs working in the field of public health. It seemed like a good career path, so along the way I picked up a Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degree. But, what about the radio? OK, so after I finished those degrees, I wenrt back to broadcasting school. In that I couldn't decide between careers in public health or broadcasting, I decided to do them both! Public health Monday through Friday and broadcasting Saturday and Sunday. It wasn't always so neatly delineated, often I would be at a radio station at 5AM doing the morning news, and then head over to the health department to finish out the work day.
The fist radio station brave enough to put me on the air was a little place in the mountains of the Adirondack Park in upstate New York. I started Sunday mornings at 5AM, and one winter's morning I arrived at the station and checked the thermometer on the front porch, it read 30 below zero--I said to myself, someday I am going to work at a radio station in Florida!
My time in Albany was split between the State Heath Department and a couple of the fine radio stations in the area. One day New York State offered an "early out" for employees in certain retirement classifications. Look out Florida, here I come!
Shortly after arriving in Charlotte County, I was attending a festival at Laishley Park, and this fellow Todd Matthews was doing a live broadcast for some place called Kix Country. I went over to him, introduced myself, told him I had just moved to the area, and asked if he might have a job for somebody with a couple of decades of broadcasting experience. Apparently he did, and I have been here ever since.
These days, you will often here me filling in for Todd during vacations, holidays, high level business meetings, and the occasional case of influenza. I also make guest appearances on our sister station WCCF AM 1580. We have 5 stations here at Clear Channel to meet all of your listening interests.
So to wrap things up, I think Charlotte County is an outstanding place to live and work. I'm totally excited to be here. I've always enjoyed boating, my boat is in my back yard, and I can use it 12 months of the year. I have enjoyed my career in broadcasting and I am lucky enough to be on Kix Country. I'll see you around town, and thanks for listening!
My latest hobby is flying radio control airplanes, I got started this past January, it's harder than it looks--here's what you need for your first flight.