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 will inevitably serve as foreshadowing for the next subject in todays blog in a very freudian manner, Eric Hartsburg is the manner who auctioned off real estate on his face on Ebay during thie years election cycle... The kicker is that he got a Mitt Romney Tatoo and is not stuck with it while netting just 15k off the transaction. He cites that he is dissapointed with the result, although the argument here is not as to whether getting a campaign tattoo for a certain candidate is a dumb thing to do, getting a tattoo on your face for any politician is a really dumb thing to do. There is nothing wrong with having a tattoo, but in a very difficult economy such as this one we are in, you really need to think of how your present yourself to others.
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Is the Human Race Losing our Intelligence?
Scientists and University Professors alike are currently combining perspectives and theories that the agriculture age was the starting point for a decline in human intelligence. It is said that the days of having to quickly make decisions regarding hunting, shelter, and earning things on their own were the golden days of mankind being intelligence. Once, humans began to rely on their enviornments and social structures, critical thinking slowed down and it has been shrinking as civilization progresses forward.
This is certainly a thought provoking argument which is being put forth, after all tribal tattoos came to fruition back when tribes began to form "gangs" and used the markings for identification of each other... today you can make money auctioning you body to be tatted on EBAY.
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Click here to read more about the tattoo artist who has been banned from his daughters parent career day for promoting a alternative life style. Here is the video which speaks in further detail.