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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Yesterday's way too hard "Morning Mystery"...
It won't be long until the hot weather arrives in Florida, and when it does the sale of Slurpees, Icees and other frozen drinks are expected to soar. In spite of that, not many people know there's a chance their frozen treat could contain a pretty nasty-sounding surprise. What is it and how can you positively avoid it, while still enjoying a refreshing frozen treat?
* This surprise additive may SOUND nasty, but it's actually not going to hurt you.
* To avoid this little "bonus," choose wisely. Even without knowing what choice to make, there is around a 75% chance you'll choose correctly, thanks to the way most places sell these drinks.
* Let's at least help you figure out how to avoid this substance...whatever it is. It's as simple as choosing the right flavor. Coke is a popular one...and that's fine. Lemonade, other citrus flavors and grape are good choices too.
* This substance doesn't sound very appetizing, but it is very useful. You'll also find it in some of the most expensive perfumes on the market.
* One more word about flavor choice. DO NOT rely on what you learned about colors in kindergarden. Sometimes they fool you into thinking this flavor is actually blue!
* After hearing today's answer, if a friend chooses this flavor, you'll likely think they're a horse's rear-end! Or more accurately - the backside of a beaver.
What's the substance OR how can you be sure to avoid it?
Answer: Artificial raspberry flavoring often comes from castoreum...a substance extracted from a beaver's anal gland sacs.
Avoid that blue-raspberry flavor and you'll be fine! BTW, as gross as this sounds...it's still my favorite flavor in addition to Flynn being particularly fond of it as well.
Congratulations to Tiffany Hartzell for being the only one to correctly guess the anwser in a large field of participatns from yesterday.
Here she is…the Texas woman who called 911 because she was out of cigarettes. See if you can figure out what immediately grabbed MY attention from her mug shot????
The Florida Frontier Days is set to kick off shortly today in which Bayshore Live Oak Park will be transformed into the era of the Pioneer Days which will make for a pefect family outing that is set to be complete with food selections from the era, several history lessons, plenty of interactive demonstrations, in addition to live music.
Check out these videos from last year to get an idea on what this two day celebration will consist of......