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
This evening will see either our current President Barack Obama being relected to office or the challenging candidate in Mitt Romney being selected by voters. The race has been highly contested from the get go and has been in full throttle as of late. The swing state of Ohio has became a focus point of both campaigns with both campaigns hitting the pavement in that state. Obama chose to spend the last few days of the campaign in the states that are crucial to a successfel relection, those states were Iowa and Wisconsin which have seen a resurgence of support for the GOP as of late. Challenger Mitt Romney spend the past few days in Florida, Virginia, and New Hampsire which are important to his chances of victory.
The candidates also decided to integrate A List Musicians to their campaign as Mitt Romney allowed supporters like Kid Rock and the Marshall Tucker Band to provide atmosphere at their rallies.
The rallies for President Obama featured the musical talents of Katy Perry, Jay Z, and Bruce Springsteen as his final rallies.
The Race is currently too close to call, we will know the result by the end of this evening and the overbearing advertisements will go away starting tomorrow. It is very important that everyone gets out to vote this evening, the race for the senate seat in Florida is on the ballot, in addition to nearly a dozen amendments up for consideration. Additionally, there will be several local government positions decided by the end of tonight in local candidate races. We are very lucky to be able to participate in this electoral process and I hope that everyone practices their right to vote.
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Recent Developments have been brought to light about the immense effect that the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy may have on this evenings election, no disrespect is meant to any one who has been effected by the storm. It is very interesting to see about how much of a fallout that this storm may potentially will have on this evening.
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