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
Have you heard of the Shark Whisperer?
Ocean Ramsey is a model, conservationist, activist, and now goes by the title as the Shark Whisperer.
She can hold her breath for six minutes straight and free dives with Great White Sharks out of Hawaii...
Check out the following video for a look at her swimming with one of the world's most dangerous predators.
Which brings to my mind something I recently saw on the internet...
Would Sharks be as scary if they had our teeth as opposed to the razar sharped ones God gave them??? You decide:
How about a poll?
Are these sharks as scary with teeth like ours, to the point that you would avoid swimming with them like Ocean Ramsey does? Or do they just look so silly that you wouldn't care less??
I would like to share two videos with you this morning from my an event I consider to be a career highlight: Saturday's live broadcast at Mad Dog's Hot Dogs hot dog eating contest. The contest went into TWO tie-breakers, and then a "sudden death" tie-breaker in which the last two contestants competed to see who could eat a single hot dog the fastest. THAT event broke the tie...in a rather "dramatic" way.
Here is a video of the first round of over time:
Here is the second tie-breaker round which ends with one of the participants...umm...losing. Yes, they lose the contest - but that's not the "loss" I need to warn you about.
PLEASE note, those with sensitive stomachs may want to skip this part:
Here are a few of the best photos from the Hot Dog Eating Contest
You can view the entire photo gallery by clicking here.
Congratulations to Dave Troop of Afterhours Bail Bonds for winning the competition, our hat's off to you! Just please don't vomit in it.