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
Gift shopping for a smoker in your life? We introduced a new local business offering "E-Cigs" this morning, which many have used to help kick the habit. If you want to find out more, please call VaporLicious in Port Charlotte at (941)875-9182.
If you are still looking for gifts to give, pay attention to our lists (below), "Gifts That Men/Women Almost Always Get Wrong!" One item on the women's list is "gadgets" (technology, gizmos, etc.) because guys are pretty particular about the kind of phone/video game console/flat screen, etc. that they want.
I likewise want to share this link with you from WIRED of this year's biggest flops in the field of technology. Get your man any of these, and you better get a gift-receipt too!
The IOS 6 Maps has earned an infamous reputation for mislabeling towns, cities, landmarks, and getting users losts which earned it the worst tech product of the year by Wired...
Click Here To Read More
Must See Video Of The Day!
Here is a very rare video of a golden eagle which tried to take this man's child off with him when he swept down to grab some lunch. Thank God the little boy was okay!
(WARNING: The video contains the "S-Bomb" - but wouldn't you let loose with an expletive if you saw this happen??)
The wife and I have spent four days so far lighting and decorating "The Tree," and we’re still not done! I really am happy we have this monstrosity in our home, but it has turned into a major project rather than a quick holiday pastime.
Yes, we have still have the top half to go – I may have to rent a cherry-picker to get the job done. Took some close ups of our fave ornaments too.
If you missed these on this morning's show, here are the lists of gifts which are typically given incorrectly by both men and women alike.
Gifts women get wrong:
Clothes – he hates receiving clothes
Gadgets – she opts for the cheap ones rather than the best
A man bag – he can’t pull it off
Soft toys – he’s not manly enough
Shoes – he only needs one pair
Jeweler – his buddies would never let him forget it
Chocolates – she’s only buying them so she can eat them
A meal out – because she wants to go
Aftershave – there’s nothing wrong with his old faithful
A framed photo – too sentimental
Gifts men get wrong:
Underwear – the wrong size, too slutty or too sexy
Toiletries – the wrong brand
Perfume – she don’t like the smell of
Kitchen utensils – a blatant insult
Cheap jewelry – he’s a cheapskate
Chocolates – that she doesn’t like
Shoes or slippers – in the wrong size
Vacuum cleaner – insinuating she should clean more
Flowers – forgetting her favorite
Exercise clothes or DVD – suggesting she is fat