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
Told ya the "Harlem Shake" viral video craze was going to take off! It probably won't last any longer than any other internet fad, but for now - it's huge. I found a compilation of some cute versions involving parents and their kids.
Click HERE to see all of them.
Here's my favorite one...namely because the family has a couple of cute poms that got in on the act:
Hmmm....wondering if any of our local families (who I credit with being VERY creative...hint hint) would like to send me their version??? I'd certainly make it worth their while.
Must See Video Of The Day....and if your jaw doesn't drop, check for a pulse. PLEASE remember: miraculously no one got hurt in this accident!
Guys...here's a last minute Valentine's idea that's guaranteed to work, and it's cheap! It will however require some effort on your part...I know, buzzkill.
But seriously, making her (or baking her) a decadent PINK dessert is guaranteed sexy. The catch is you HAVE to make these with your own two hands!
Having the Publix bakery do it for you is cheating.
For those of you who are looking for a quick and healthy avenue to deliver on this gift idea, try combining greek yogurt and freshly sliced strawberries to create this mouse style dessert.
For those of you who are looking to make a statement, this cookie sandwich styled cake uses chocolate, raspberries, rose water and crystallized rose petals for an awe inspiring look.
Click HERE for recipes that range from easy to expert.
The WORST Valentine's Day Ad....ever. Really.
As longs as we're sharing photos, here's one I guess you'd have to file under "Worst Valentine's Fail Ever"
I would like to leave you today with a few photos yesterday's live broadcast at the 3rd Annual Sam's Club Car Sale... We will be there on Saturday morning from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM for those fo you who missed the event...
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