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
This pic will make you think, and no it is NOT Photoshopped: it's a shot of the Vatican being struck by lightning the same day as the Pope announced his retirement. Hmmmm...
New Internet Craze...expected shelf-life = 12 minutes!
These internet fads come and go so fast that if you blink, you might miss this one too. Rest in peace planking, owling, tombstoning, horsemanning, teapottng, deading, koalaing, etc. Say hello to the "Harlem Shake."
BTW, this is by far the most annoying so far, so let's hope my twelve minute prediction is accurate! To participate, all you have to do is video record yourself and some peeps gyrating in a silly fashion to a terrible, terrible song called "Harlem Shake."
Apparently part of the charm (challenge?) is that at least one participant must be wearing a helmet of some kind. Here are some examples:
Here's the alleged "original" that supposedly started the whole thing
And now, whole offices and workplaces are getting into the act:
Valentine's Day help for men. And interesting article from askmen.com has broken down good gift ideas into one's that will please each of her senses.
One of the suggestions to stimulate the sensation of taste is a monthly membership to Milkmade Ice Cream Club which produces two unconvential ice cream flavours per month and then delivers it via bike to those who live in New York City.
Victoria Secrets is always a popular destination and this is a gift for those of us in Florida who will be shopping for the upcoming holiday can actually purchase and afford. The article suggests the Angel Lotion line which goes for twenty bucks a piece, great gift for us floridans who are not acclimated to the occasicanl cold weather which comes and goes until spring is fully in effect...
An excellent choice to provide an idea atmosphere during Valentines Day evening would be to purchase this box set by Phil Spector which will provide a soundtrack for the night with your signifgant other or the one you are courting that will last for years to come.
One of the most famous sterotypes for a woman would be that she wants a man who can make her laugh, that is why this DVD featuring the very talented Louis C.K.i heavily recommended as a great gift for the holiday...
Click HERE to see dozens of great suggestions for the upcoming holiday...
I'm very excited about this weekend's National Florida Mopar Weekend car show at the Elk's Lodge in Punta Gorda.
I've owned collector cars from all the American manufacturers (GM, Ford, Chrysler, etc.), so I have no strong loyalty to any one in particular.
One of my favorites was my 1965 Dodge Dart GT with 40,000 original miles, and it's original small-block V-8 and auto transmission. It was tremendous fun to drive and I really wish I had never given it up.
Of course I say that about all my old rides......
For more info on this weekend's event,
just head to SWFMOPAR.com
I would like to leave you today with a few photos taken at this past weekend's Taste of Punta Gorda Festival in Punta Gorda... We snapped over a hundred photos at the event and the albums have been split into two parts for easy viewing....
Click Here to check out all of the photos....
And Lastly.... Here is a highlight Reel composed of everyone who participated at the 2013 Taste of Punta Gorda shot in 1080 HD....