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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I am sure that you heard last evening's breaking headline regarding the very talented yet troubled country musician Mindy McCready, who unfortunately took her own life.
Suicide is a very touchy subject. It is incredibly selfish act - especially when committed by someone with small kids, yet also frequently the act of someone who's mental instability renders them unable to make proper decisions.
My heart goes out to her family, kids and fans...as they're the ones left to wonder, why? How? And, what now??
I had my own business/personal difficulties with Mindy that go way back to beginning of her career, and I admit a certain amount of bias.
That said, the one thing I could never have challenged her on was her voice. She sang like the very same angels in her hit song "10,000 Angels." And that's the part of her we will all miss. The bottom line (to me): what an incredible waste of talent.
If you know someone who is struggling with life, I would like to invite you to share this website with them...
It's a great online resource for your loved ones of family who may benefit from it as we all navigate these wavy waters that we call life.....
Here a few of my favorite photos taken at yesterday's fundraising event for the Animal Welfare League at at the POPS Port of Call.
Here are two photos of the dogs who decided to take a break during the event.
Dub's Subs was on site at the event offering plates of their area famous Root Beer enfused Ribs in addition to other food items.
Cornhole was a crowd pleasing favorite at the fundraiser
Here is a video from Saturday's Live Broadcast at the annual Hot Dog Eating Contest at Mad Dog's Hot Dogs in Venice. This video is of the first round which will serve as a teaser for tomorrow in which I show you the Double over time videos which did not end well for one of the eaters....