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!
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This weekend is shaping up to be just as busy as last weekend with a lot going on in the area. Clear Channel Radio is teaming up with Florida Weekly for the 2013 Family Fusion which is being presented by Don Gasgarth's Charlotte county Ford and Fawcett Memorial Hospital.
This event will see over ten thousand residents in attendance with numerous business demonstrations, prize give aways all day long, fashion shows, and the Easter Bunny himself. Stop by the Port Charlotte Town Center Mall on Saturday to check out this very cool event.
I am thrilled to say that I have been invited to broadcast live at the "Bring Your Peeps" Spring Fling event which is taking place this weekend at South Biscayne Church in North Port this weekend. This event is open to the community free of charge with free food for everyone, a kids entertainment zone, music, and an easter egg hunt with over 15,000 Easter Eggs.
Click Here to read more on this awesome event and see the full weekend schedule that the church is holding at the church.
Today's the big day!
The FGCU Eagles who have been the bracket buster of this years College Basket Tournament and entered the stadium with a 1 in 2000 odds of winning it all. The team has won several games in the tournament against iconic college hoops teams and are looking to continue that trend this evening when they square off against the Florida Gators at 10 PM tonight. The team has had some very energetic performances in the tourney with an emphasis on frequently dunking the ball through the hoop which has seen the school and city renamed to DUNK CITY. Here is a music video made that got it all started....
Viral Video of the Day
Check out this adorable video of these of a Adult Panda and her Cub playing together
While we are on the subject of animals being cute, check out this video of thirty wolves howling at the same time which took place at a wolf sanctuary in Indiana which is absolutely stunning.
Honda just debuted the new 2014 Honda Odyssey and it comes with a feature never previously implemented in a vehicle before... This minivan will come with a vacuum cleaning system installed in the vehicle that is sure to make the car a popular choice for families moving forward.
Here is a fun spirited video for you to give a look at this morning which will definitely put a smile on your face. Television is slammed with so many advertisements for medicine these days that it gets to be quite overbearing - but here is an alternative medicine commericial that you have never seen before. You may even want to give it a try this evening as you forget about the work week.
Have a Great Weekend and Enjoy Your Easter Everyone