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
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So apparently an asteroid is set to just barely miss our planet sometime today, the 150 foot rock will pass through our atmosphere at just 17,000 miles above the planet and is set to travel lower then most of the Satellites that allow us to enjoy our current standard of living in addition to the technology that I am using to inform you about this near miss event.
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Speaking of such things...didja see the video of the meteorite that crashed in Russia? With 500 people injured, this was truly scary:
Here's another video of the Meteorite screaming overhead. Would you have panicked?
I would also like to use my blog today to share a video from Wednesday's live broadcast at the 3rd Annual Auto Sale at Sam's Club in Port Charlotte. The video was filmed in 1080 High Definition to recreate the feeling of you actually being in attendance at the event. I will be broadcast live from the Car Sale again this Saturday morning from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
I hope to see some you in attendance at the event.
What is even more cool is the fact that there is a safe at the event with a digital lockbox in which any one who attends can enter a five pin combination in an attempt to win the twenty five thousand dollars that is inside of the safe waiting to be won.
Later that afternoon, I will be on location for a second live broadcast at Mad Dogs Hot Dogs in Venice from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The venue will be hosting a hot dog eating competition at 3:00 PM that day. I would like to share a few videos from the sport of competitive eating to foreshadow the contest with all of you this morning.