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
Harry who?? Wow..I hadn't realized how much Taylor Swift has grown up! Check this photo of her in a designer gown at the Brit Awards.
Also, for the record, I like her bangs and hair, but it seems I'm in the minority. Had a spirited debate the other night with my teenage niece Kate, who says her hair looks terrible. What do you think??
(there's a poll below the picture)
Now...YOU tell me what you think of Taylor's new hairstyle and bangs??
I managed to get Lady Gaga out of our lives for a few months (hip surgery...so she says), and now I want to take aim at Ke$ha. Parents there's a pretty good chance your kids listen to her music, or even worse idolize her. That's bad. Very bad.
She's another one I accuse of acting outrageously in order to get attention, and sadly it works. Earlier this week she confessed to drinking her own urine (blech!). She also has her own reality show (who doesn't?) from which the following video clip is taken. I think her actions speak for themselves:
If you are not feeling depressed that Kesha has her own television show which probaly does not consist of much more then what you just saw...
You can now simulate the feeling via the avenue of two new videos games recently released in which you play the role of a down and out individual who must naviagate through the character's life with a variety of phobias, fears, and no way out of the funk in which the only way you win the game is to end the character's life.
Strange Days that we find ourselves living in, arent they?
Here is a screen shot from the game "Actual Sunlight"
What do you think is a more ridiculous avenue of entertainment....
the new show starring Kesha or the new video games simulating the lives of a person suffering from depression.
Let me know by voting in the Following Poll:
A big thank you goes out to Eddie for sending me the following news article, Eddie heard me discuss this yesterday morning and he graciously provided me with this link about this fourty seven dollar venti espresso with just about everything else you can add to it....
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