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!
Good Morning Kix Country
The recent peanut butter recall got me thinking about a peanut butter kind of product I used to enjoy as a kid. I'll date myself by admitting this, but going back to the 70's, I remember I used to love a peanut butter spread that had flavors mixed into it. Banana was my favorite, although chocolate was a close second, followed by vailla and cinnamon. I couldnt remember it's name until a similarly obsessed listener emailed me and reminded me it was called Koogle, and it was made by Kraft. Anyone else have a fond memory of a snack or food product from their you that's no longer made? What old-timey food item would you like to have brought back? Click HERE to email me you answer.
I would like to share this acoustic cover of Gangnam Style by PSY. This trio of talented musicans are three Korean Americans who live in the city of Berkeley in California. They actually did very well with this and it has a very different sound to it which is done more seriously as opposed to being done as parody. It sounds like something you would hear in a hipster Jazz lounge.
Of course, I could not let you walk away from the blog today without sharing a parody of Gangnam Style, I do not think there is a more rediculous version out right now. This video is made up of Klingons from Star Trek giving us their version of the hit song.
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