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
Is this VW Superbowl ad racist – or just cute? The PC Police are already condemning it…
Good parenting, and really really bad parenting are also among our trending topics today. This toddler was forced to get a tattoo by its own mother! Warning...this is very disturbing...
Then there's this father whose broke curfew one too many times and was sentenced (by dad) to a week’s worth of wearing this tee shirt – with dad “mean muggin’” the whole school. Don’t know how much it cost the guy to have the t-shirt made up, but the lesson itself is priceless!
Now, you tell me: which of these is the good parent and which is bad? If you can't decide, please seek professional help!!
I will be having Gator Dave and Ken Taylor on this morning's show for an interview about the new location of West Wall Boatworks which is located in Port Charlotte just north of Toledo Blade. I will be posting videos of this interview on my blog tomorrow morning for you to check out.
Here are a few photos of the shop for you to give a look.
Click Here to see the entire photo gallery.
Click Here to visit the store's website.
You can also call them at 941-875-9630 or visit them on site at 787 Tamiami Trail just north of Toledo Blade in Port Charlotte.
You KNEAD to see this to believe it. And btw, my spelling hasn't gotten worse - you'll understand why I spelled it that way when you watch this.
Man makes bread appear in his hand from nowhere.........
"btw the croissant trick comes in at about 4:00 minutes"
The "knead" pun makes sense now, right? Yes, I know It's not funny...but at least it makes sense.
As promised, here are two videos of the David Gerald Band performing original blues tunes during their set at the 2013 Chili Fest in Laishley Park last Saturday.
I will include two more videos of the band performing on tomorrow's blog and then the awards ceremony on Friday's running of the blog.