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
John Grabau here in for Todd Matthews who is out of the studio on a business trip... no confirmation if it's in regards to the upcoming Country Fest Concert, but there are whispers around the office today.
Shakes on a plane?
Click HERE to read more about the FAA probe into the Harlem Shake which took place on a plane while it was in flight
Here is a video of what got these kids intro trouble...
Notha Chance Lotto Numbas
3 - 4 - 5 - 9 - 29 -38
This past weekend served host to the first ever Florida Fest 500 that took place in downtown Punta Gorda at Laishley Park. The event paid tribute to the landing by Ponce De Leon which happened 500 years ago, this event served to celebrate the history and lifestyle of Floridians since that historic date.
I would like to share a few videos with you from this weekend so that you many of you can relive the memories made at the festival or just see what you missed out on in the event that you were unable to attend.
Here is a video of the Ski-A-Rees Professional Water Ski Team performing a few stunts on the Charlotte Harbor
Here is a video of Marchella Brown singing some amazingly executed Opera at the Festival
Here is a video of the Jeff Rosebush and the Red Tide Band performing at festival
Here is a video of Mote Marine Demonstrations and the Mobile Aquarium from yesterday
The Florida Fest 500 was also captured in photographs which I would like to share with you this morning as well.... The following photos feature the first day on March 2nd, 2013...pictures from Sunday will be shared tomorrow.....
Here is one of my favorite photos composed of people who attended the Festival on Saturday.
Click HERE to see photos of event patrons from Saturday
Here is one of my favorite captures of Food from Saturday
Click Here to see more photos of food and atmosphere from the kickoff day of the festival on Saturday.
Here is one of my favorite captures from Saturday that features Mac Martin and Michael Haymans performing in this photo
You can see photos of all of the bands performing by clicking here