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
The political correctness police are at it again...and this time they've collared Florida's necktie. Ha! Get it? Collar?? Aaaanyway, the complaint is that the new Florida logo, which was designed to attract new business and bring more jobs to the state, is sexist because it includes a necktie. What do you think? Please take our Poll Of The Day below...
Heard us talking about the Punta Gorda Wine and Jazz Festival? Interested in going? Here are the details. And btw, I really meant what I said about loving the music of Sergio Mendez. I'm a die hard country fan, but this guy is a jazz legend!
Click HERE to visit the festival website
or call: (941)639-3720
Here’s extended version of the Go Daddy “Perfect Match” commercial from the Superbowl. Be sure to turn your speakers WAAAAAY up so you can enjoy the sloppy sound effects!!
Which was the best Super Bowl commercial? Only viewers in Sherman, Texas; Ardmore, Oklahoma and Glendive, Montana know the answer to that question because they're the only ones who got to see it. Will Ferrell's Old Milwaukee Beer commercial was by far the greatest ad, but it only aired in those three small television markets.
Although, I missed this one somehow. The new “Topless” Fiat commercial! Even though it seems a little racy, believe it or not, it would have received my wife’s blessing because she wants one:
EPIC Viral Video! This one you gotta see. A TV reporter gets knocked out by a guy he was questioning about unethical business practices:
I would like to share a few of my favorite photos that were taken at the Wildlife on Wheels Fundraiser for the Peace River Wildlife Center, these photos were taken at Muscle Car City Museum and feature some of the beautiful American Muscle that was on hand there.....
Click Here to Check out the Entire Photo Gallery with over 50 images of amazing cars
I would also like to share this highlight video with your which pertains towards coverage of all the cars in attendence at the event in 1080 HD.
Had someone request we post a funny bit from yesterday's show, the one where Barack Obama is lecturing an audience on gun saftey. If you missed it, go ahead and click below to listen and enjoy: