I was born in Buffalo, NY, but moved to Florida at a young age so I'm technically a "Florida Cracker." I grew up in Sarasota (go Pine View Pythons!), went to college in Gainesville (go Gators!), and settled into the Port Charlotte area about 20 years ago (what do we cheer for here anyway?).
When my dreams of becoming a Calvin Klien underwear model fell through (I know...look at me! How could they turn me down?) I fell back on the only thing I've ever been any good at - radio broadcasting (how sad is that??). I joined KIX Country 19 years ago and I've seen a lot of things change in that time. The community around me has changed a lot, and the radio business has changed more than I ever thought possible.
Many locals remember I used to have a radio partner, Bob Alexander. Sadly the shrinking economy forced many businesses, including ours, to downsize and now I'm flying solo. That's one of the changes I could really have done without, honestly. I'm probably not supposed to even say that - but I've always been an open book on the radio and I'm too old and stubborn to stop now. Besides, the boss never reads these things anyway. Really! Watch me thumb my nose at the establishment: hey boss - I've been stealing used coffee filters for years! Wow...getting that off my chest was a thrill.
One of the more positive changes in the radio business has been the opportunity for a little town "deejay" to broadcast to a much larger audience, now that we're "nationwide" on I Heart Radio. Be sure to download the app for your smart-phone or tablet today (Sorry, they make me say that). But it's always a blast to hear from people listening in other parts of the country. Even if most of the time they're contacting me just to let me know how stupid my latest opinion was.
Nowadays I call Deep Creek in Charlotte County home, along with my incredible wife Stephane and our baby-boy (of the furry variety) Tooie - an eight pound Pomeranian.
All in all it's been a crazy ride over the last couple of decades - anyone here during Hurricane Charlie can attest to that! I'm hoping that I'll be able to celebrate my 20th anniversary with this station (in November of 2013), but that largely will depend on the local economy. If things get bettter - I'll still be here, so please go out and buy all the new cars, furniture and mattresses you can afford! The more YOU spend, the more likely there will be a need for me to stay put. So, by all means, run up a butt-load of debt and let's make this thing happen!
Seriously, thank you for a long and rewarding gig so far. And by rewarding I mean mentally, emotionally and even spiritually - but certainly NOT financially. Not a complaint, just a clarification!
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I would like to share a few videos with you from last year's Memorial Day Ceremony by the Military Heritage Museum. I would also like ot say thank to all current serving members of the military and past serving veterans as well.
You have made an enormous sacrifice in your life to protect our country and you are appreciated.
Here is the latest advertisement by K Mart which is slightly less offensive then their first commercial which had the internet and talk radio in a collective uproar, this version is just controversial enough to have a similar effect.
Matt Damon has recently recruited several of the biggest names in the entertainment business to participate in his toilet strike with him which is aimed at getting people all over the world access to clean water.
The list of supporters includes Olivia Wylde, Sir Richard Branson, and Bono... all of which can be seen in the following youtube video...
Youtube has hosted the national comedy week on their channel with a ton of great material for those who are fans of comedy, Rhett and Link are two youtube personalities who recently saw their submission go viral...
Check it out below...
Amanda Bynes arrested last night for….wait for it….throwing a bong out her apartment window!
The story link is below, as well as a photo gallery of some of her most recent, bizarre selfies
Click HERE to see this fourty five page photo gallery
Click HERE to read the full scoop on this developing story
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As promised... here are three videos from the Peace Officer Memorial ceremony which took place at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, I will be sharing two more videos with you tomorrow from the event so make sure to come back to see that. You tube is still taking a long time to get them uploaded!
Here is a video of the Memorial Ceremony taking place on Tuesday evening.
Here is a video of Marchella Brown singing a beautiful tribute song at the beginning of the Ceremony.
Here is the opening speech of the Ceremony which also features a speech and peom reading by Sheriff Bill Prummel. You will have to pardon the static noise, that is the result of a plastic bag moving around as our camera man attempted to keep the rain off his camera.
I would like to keep the theme of peace keepers going with a few videos that will relate to this.
Here is a hilarious clip from the Matlock show
Here is another great clip from Miami Vice
Here is another great clip from 21 Jump Street ( The Tv Show)
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Today's Toteboard Total...I'm beginning to think I'm going to make it!!
You can help catch an alleged credit card thief! If you recognize the suspect in this surveilance photo, please call the Chralotte County Sheriff’s Office at (941) 639-2101, and ask for Detective Phillip Senger
Last evening was the Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony, which took place at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge in Port Charlotte. I would like to share some photos from last evening's ceremony, and highly recommend we all say a silent "thank you" (or not so silent one!) to the brave men and women who keep us safe, sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice in the process.
Click HERE to check out the entire photo gallery of this memorial... stay tuned to my blog for the videos...
Frank Desguin was recently honored by the Charlotte County Cultural Center for his outstanding contribution to area humanities and culture. Here are the photos from the event...
Click HERE to check out the entire photo gallery over at our sister station's website...
Here are a few videos of live performances from the 2013 Hibiscus Festival...