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!
For the person who has everything….and I mean EVERYthing: check out this Taxidermied Mice Chess Set from an Etsy seller!
Poll O' The Day
Check out these old Commercials from the 70's and early 80's....See if you recognize the guy in the 7 UP Commercial!
Every Child should have something to open on Christmas Morning...Yet, for many area families, there will be nothing to unwrap. That's where South Biscayne Church and their Christmas Presence Program comes in, making many kids' wishes come true!
If you or someone you know is struggling this season, simply make a wish list of your family's material needs, and bring it to South Biscayne Church, 13000 Tamiami Trail in North Port.
Distribution of Donated Gifts will be this Sunday, December 15th...so, if you're able, Please help the Christmas Presence Program by adopting and shopping for a local family in need. Call South Biscayne Church today at:
941-426-3817 for more information.
If there's one person on reality TV we can relate to....it has to be this guy! He's got a heart of gold, and the soul of a 10 year old! Watch as Uncle Si learns how to pack a box to help kids!
This man is one of our heroes!
We'd like to thank Tom from The Greener Cleaner in Port Charlotte for visiting with us and telling us about their eco-friendly Dry Cleaning Process...I, myself have enjoyed the services of The Greener Cleaner for years! They are part of the reason I'm always so well pressed and good looking....cough cough! They pick up your clothes, comforters, curtains, rugs, at your home or place of business and return it faster than you can say their name!
Find out more about the Greener Cleaner and what they can do for you right here
Or Call them at 941-764-0053
On The Program Today:
One of Hollywood's most prolific and experienced stunt coordinators, and a man who's worked on several "Fast And Furious" movies with the late Paul Walker. His name is Wally and he's not willing to say a lot about the recent tragedy, because he's just wrapping up the latest "Fast And Furious" movie - and everyone involved has been asked to keep things on the "down low." But he has performed and coordinated stunts for hundred of TV shows and movies, from "CHiP's" and "The Rockford Files" in the 70's to all eight seasons of "Dexter," which just recently ended. He's got some amazing stories and has worked with some amazing people over the years, and he's bound to share some really interesting details from behind the scenes in Hollywood. Todd's "Hollywood Hookup"...his wife Stephanie, will join him and Wally this morning...
We love this one!
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