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 County
Today's Notha Chance Lotto Numbers
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Here is what I have been talking about over the radio.
Buzz Feed recently published an article that displays 16 amazing transformations of animals who were at rock bottom before being properly taken care of at an animal shelter.
Hats off to the people who dedicate their lives to taking care of those who have no voice.
Before Photo of Cedar:
After Photo of Cedar... Amazing Right?
Check out the rest of the amazing transformations by clicking here
Americans Eat Snow?
Here is the fake propaganda video which is what the government of North Korea shows to it's citizens...
Could anyone really fall for something so silly?
And since when does a cup of snow coffee steam like a hot liquid would?
Here is a short higlight reel from yesterday which shows a bit of the inside at the grand opening of the new location for Publix Supermarket on Peachland.
Here are a few photos of people who attended the grand opening of the new Publix Supermarket while I was broadcasting live from the new location.
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I would also like to share a few photos with you composed of the inside of the new Publix on Peachland from yesterday's live broadcast.
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What was this guy thinking?
Check out the following video of what you should not be doing when you are on top of the Chrysler building...