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 County
It is great to be back, I have not felt like myself since I have been away and I am immensely enjoying as each minute passes here in the Kix Country Studios. Thank you for the warm reception back and I am looking forward to sharing the airwaves with you all this morning.
The Election has come and gone with the majority of the popular vote being in favor of the result which has seen re-election of President Barack Obama. This past year has been one of the most partisan operating procedures which both parties being responsible. We have also had to endure several grueling months of very spiteful and negative campaign advertisements which has taken its toll on the morale of our society. The objective truth that we can all agree on is that we are all in this together and some of us may not be happy with the result from Tuesday. Our ability to voice our own opinions is one of the greatest freedoms we enjoy in America, but it is extremely important that we do not take it for granted, nor do we impose our beliefs on others. We are currently involved in two wars overseas with a very uncertain future in terms of finances, a tough road lies ahead and it is imperative that we remember the great words uttered in John Dickensongs patriotic ballad which go like this "United We Stand, Divided We Fall". We the people should set an example for both our leaders and the youth to follow, let it begin by the way we treat each other on a daily basis.
This recent story about a Mcdonalds Owner who has decided to fly a flag upside on the subsequent day following the election, she is saying it was a mistake by an employee, but the fact that flew all day and she only changed her story after being hound by the local press suggests that she may have been making a political statement. Let us not follow this example moving forward..... I am not making an allegation that she did it on purpose, but every action of our existance should always take the opinions of others into consideration.
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Lady Gaga recently set a shining example for others to follow when she decided to donate one million dollars to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, While most of us could never afford to give even a small fraction of the amount she gave... it none the less was very well done on her part. There are tons of local charities that can be helped in our community of Charlotte County, some of them do not even require money or time being given... you could promote activism through the avenue of Social Media.
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If you would like to donate to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund, click here
Lastly, I would like to share this recent devlopment with you in regards to the newly discovered " Super Earth "... this year has been filled with news about the final frontier in regards to the rover Curiosity landing on the Red Planet, several new planets found outside our solar system and this is the newest development.
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