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 just wanted to remind everyone that the Kix Country Cruiser and I will be on site at Palm Automall tomorrow afternoon from 4:00 PM until 5:30 PM with another of those "KIXMas Bash Ticket Stops" - selling tickets for the upcoming 2012 KIXMas Bash featuring Travis Tritt's Holiday Spectacular show. Even if you have tickets, you're encouraged to come by for the chance to win something very, very special!
Yahoo just recently came forth with a very interesting story about 13 Fast food Menu Items which have developed Cult like followings, I saw this appropiate to share with you all due to the recent development that the McRib by McDonalds is set to be back in stores.
The KFC Double Down Sandwich gained fame for being a bunless sandwich, this sandwich subsitutes two fried pieces of chicken for the bun and is stuffed with bacon, two slabs of cheese, and the Colonels Sauce.
The famous Sweet Potato Fries by White Castle are known for being packed with healthy vitamins and served with a cinnamon dipping sauce.
The McRib needs no introduction what so ever.
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Breaking News out of Hollywood comes in the form of the infamous Lindsay Lohan being arrested once again in the Chelsea section of New York City, this time for third degree assault. Apparently, Lindsay got into a quarrel with a woman at Club Avenue around 4:00 AM which resulted in her assualting the woman after it escalated. Interestingly enough is the fact that Lindsay has been banned from this club earlier this year for tweeting on Twitter that Justin Timberlake was cheating on Jessica Beall with another woman.
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It looks like it is one of those mornings for the A listers of the limelight, recent revelations of Hollywood now say that Demi Moore has found another young Muse in the dating scene. Apparently, Demi met the 26 year old Vito Schnabel who is a famous art dealer at Naomi Campbells 50th birthday... ever since that evening, the two have been a couple and now everyone knows about it.
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POWERBALL MADNESS UPDATE
Two Jackpot ticket winners have been anounced according to officials, one of them was purchased in the state of Arizona with the other going in Missouri.
These two winners will split the jackpot down the middle at $293.75 million a piece with a cash option of 192.5 million a piece. Additionally, nearly 9 million individuals won smaller prizes so it was not all in vain.
Here is Coverage from around the Country as ABC News covered last evenings power ball ticket stop.
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