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
I would like to share this classic with you all as we are currently less then 24 hours from Thanksgiving, Here is a video of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving in it's entirety for your viewing pleasure to help ring in the holiday.
My wonderful wife and I went out last evening for a night away from the kids (our dogs) at one of the hottest spots in Charlotte County, I am of course talking about Visani Comedy Club in Port Charlotte which is where we enjoyed an amazing dinner for two and were treated to amazing live entertainment by two well traveled and absolutely hilarious comedians.
I am of course speaking about the headlining act which was the illustrious Michael Winslow of silver screen fame who performed several very impressive renditions of movie and song reenactments that you have to see to believe.
A rare hidden gem in the comedy scene came in the form of the opening act which saw Derrick Tennant performing a very hilarious and inspiring act which doubled as both an entertainment and motivational presentation. Derrick is a former well known radio jock like myself who took up comedy and has seen great success with it despite strong obstacles in his way.
They have one more appearance tonight, and I highly recommend both the food and the fun at Visani. Click HERE to find out all the details.
Here are a few pictures from last evening that I would like to share with you.
Here is picture of Michael Winslow during his days on the beat and patrolling the streets in the Police Academy.....
And here is the photos from last evening..........
As badly as I wanted to share some of my crowd pleasing recipes with all of you, I have to keep it under tight raps or I have been threatened to have been ex communicated from some of my loved ones. I will offer a few of these recipes from some of the best chefs in the game as a consolation, I am confident that these will serve as a consolatory offer. Here is a video which shows in great detail on how to create the infamous Turducken which is a turkey stuffed with a chicken and then baked.
Giada De Laurentiis offers this recipe of Skewered Greek Salad to readers via the article provided below.
Making it a reality consists of a few simple steps in taking a skewer, then you mount it with a cheese cube, a tomato, an olive, and a slive of an onion which is then drizzled with a vinaigrette of your choice.
Alton Brown of Good Eats offers his signature Tart Cranberry Dipping Sauce.
The process of bringing it to fruition consists of taking a pound of cranberries and two cups of orange juice with three cups of ginger ale. Two tablespoons of Maple Syrup and two tablespoons of light brown sugar are also added to the mix, a orange and half tablesppon of kosher salt is also added. The next step is to take all of these ingredients and put them into a stainless steel saucepan which is brought to a boil, the heat is then reduced and stirred over the course of 45 minutes which should produce a halfway reduction. The sauce is now ready to be served and can be used in numerous ways.
Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa offers an unconventional side dish which is appropriately titled "String Beans with Shallots". It is a very easy dish to create which begins by sauteing String Beans with Shallots that are seasoned by salt and pepper to provide a unique taste on the palate.
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Here is Robert Deniro and Billy Crystal channeling their inner Thanksgiving
As requested by one of our facebook friends, here is the list of 6 unexpected ways to make other people like....
1. Embrace your embarrasing moments - Based on research from the University of California in Berkeley... showing embarrasment demonstrates you want to fit in and get along with others, which in turn makes those witnesses your embarrasment like you.
2. Be a skilled schmoozer - According to research published by the American Psycholohical Association, using ingratiation ( the psychological term for trying to make yourself more likeable) during an interview by praising the the company, building a rapport with the interviewer, and maintaining good eye contact resulted in better interview.
3. Flaunt Designer logos: Researchers at Tilburg University in the Netherlans tested how displaying designer logos increased cooperation with and influenced observers views of the subject. In one case, study volunteers collecting money for charity brought in an average of of twice as much more at each house visited when wearing desginer clothes then clothing without.
4. Mimic Others Body Language... We like others more who mimic our body language according to a study published in the journal of personality and social psychology.
5. Tilt you head... Tilting you head which exposes your carotid artery gives off the appearence that you are more vulnerable and not a threat to your surroundings.
6. Request a favor, the reason this works: we generally reserve favors for those we like, so you can know if this person like yous by doing this,you can also trick their subconcious into liking you by asking them for a favor and make sure that you thank them which is very critical.