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
John Grabau here for the out of studio Todd Matthews, I would like to thank you for joining me this morning. Chef Rolf from the Saltwater Cafe will be joining me in the Kix Country Studio for discussion pertaining to this evenings New Years Celebration at the Restaurant which includes an all day long happy hour, an extravagant surf and turf menu, as well as today's special which is a whole main lobster, a side of homemade swiss bread, a side of corn on the cob, and a side of red skin potatoes for just $16.99
Click on the following link to read more.... www.saltwatercafe.com
Here is a video of the 17 foot Python which crashed a picnic in our state that you heard me talknig about on the radio today.
Here is a video of an interview with Laura Miller of Perfections Salon who gave Todd a testimonial during the live broadcast at Vaperlicious from two Saturdays ago.
I would like to share a few videos with you which recap the year that was 2012 for your favorite morning drive radio personality.
Here is a video of Todd Matthews interviewing Jennifer Reeves and Captain Rick Murphy at the Win Dixie Live Broadcast back in April of this year.
Cooking Demonstration by Fish on Fire at the live broadcast at Win Dixie with Florida Fishing Report back in April
Here is a video of an interview with Britt Matthiessen of Crossroads which has recently been relaunched that took place at the halfway mark of this previous year, the interview is composed of discussion pertaining to the organisation's future being in jeopardy back then.
Here is a video of when the Kia Hamster made a dash to visit Mad Dawgs Hot Dogs who were providing a free lunch for patrons at Sunset Kia of Venice when Todd was live broadcasting at the Venue back in June of this year.
Here is a video of Jimmy West and the Raps O Dee performing at Automarket Place in Port Charlotte Florida before they officially opened under that name.
Here is a highlight reel of vehicles participating the Classic Car Show at the Mens Monster Mania Bash at South Biscayne Church.