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
Make sure to play along in Today's Morning Mystery - I will be giving out hints help you win a free meal at the Saltwater Cafe in Nokomis....if you call in with the correct answer.
Remember our recent discussion of how annoying the Ke$ha girl is? Well..I still have no love for her, and nothing seems scarier than the proposition that she might start a country music career!
Fear not...she's not! But a fan of hers put together a video of a country styled version of the Ke$ha song "Die Young." It's actually pretty good, and I definitely think it's better than the original! Hey Ke$h...here's what the song sounds like without Autotuning:
You can also see the original - if you have a strong stomach, by clicking HERE.
The ability to film one's self doing extreme stunts has become a staple of the viral video community... Here is Today's Viral Video of the Day that features the World's Largest Rope Swing.....
Being the nostalgic guy that I am, I thought this might be fun! Starting today a new feature called "Throwback Thursday" in which I will share videos and photos from the golden era of advertising and beyond. If you're like me and miss the "good ole days," this should be fun.
May as well start with one of the most iconic commercials ever made...
If you thought that was an old one, you will definitely get a kick out of this one from the depths of television's early days:
Sweet Brown who is well known for her "Ain't nobody got time for that" statement during a news interview.
which can be seen here
She has found fame on the internet once again by being the star of an commercial for an attorney representing injured persons, You have to see this to believe it...
Conan recently ran a hilarious piece on his show a few evenings ago in which he shared a funny montage of newscasters ironically saying the same thing.... You will get a kick out of watching this
And here's that video I was talking about, of a student video-recording a teacher stealing from kid's back packs! The REAL crime here if you ask me was the principal telling the student to delete the video! Seriously?!?!