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
The 36-Hour Giving Challenge is on!
Please help if you can...we have through 7 PM tomorrow night to get matching funds for important causes. You can help the homeless, animal welfare charities, and environmental causes. Personally I'm recommending we all help with arts and humanities organizations like the Charlotte Players! Please click below to find out how...
Proof that the Mayans were right...just a little off with their calculations??
A disturbing recent development that hits close to home has revealed another sinkhole has formed just two miles from the last sinkhole in the city of Seffner which cost a man his life.
Here is a video of the new sinkhole which formed in plain view for cameras to capture...
More proof that the Mayan's calculator battery was weak??
On the other side of the pond, Egypt is now facing around 30 million locusts in their backyard as they migrate north. This influx of locusts is destroying crops in the region and causing a panic due to the fact that it coincides with the bible story regarding Passover.
Click here to read more and see stunning photos of the swarm
And in Britain....
A Real Life Batman brought a criminal in that he caught stealing...
I would like to wrap up coverage from the Florida 500 Fest which took place over the weekend on today's blog, here are a few more videos from this first ever of it's kind event.
National Recording Artist Beth Wood Performing the Florida Fest 500 at Laishley Park
Here is another cut of Beth performing on Sunday
Here is a video of a live Performance by Still Friends at the Florida Fest 500
Here is a video of Up the Creek performing at the Florida Fest 500
Here is a video of an Interview with Ken Lovejoy and Jeff Collins at the Florida Fest 500
Michael Haymans and Mac Martin performing at the Florida Fest 500
Additionally, I would like to share a few photos with you from the second and final day of the Floirda Fest 500 that took place on Sunday.
Here is one of my favorite photos that show people who attended the Festival on the final day.
Click Here to check out the entire photo gallery of people at the second day of the Festival.
Here is one of my favorite photos that shows some of the great atmosphere which was on hand at the second day of the festival.
Click Here to check out the entire photo gallery of atmosphere at the second day of the festival.
Lastly, I would like to share a photo with you composed of Beth Wood performing on Sunday at the Florida Fest 500
Click Here to check out the entire photo gallery of musicians performing on the final day of the festival