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
Got a lot of requests to replay and post one of our goofy tax-time songs..."President O." Enjoy:
GREAT slideshow of the "Best Parenting Tweets Of The Week"
Huffington Post recently ran a great article in regards to tweets from parents who were reminded how challenging parenting is when the little ones are at home 24/7 during Spring Break.
Click Here to check out the article to see the rest of these hilarious tweets
Today's Viral Video of the Day
Ballgames and interactive themes from the scoreboard go hand in hand these days, A dad teaches his girls some new (ahem) "dance moves" at a recent ball game.
Make sure to let me know what you think of it in the poll below!
Lisa Bauso is a photographer who took photos of her what her daughter Bella would bring home in her pockets everyday while she grew up... Bella then added her own captions and submitted these photos to the web when she revisted them at 18 years old.
What they came up with is incredibly fun and sweet!
Click Here to check out the rest of these adorable photos
If I keep polishing my delivery and honing my skills....
Maybe, just maybe I'll hit the big time too!
Nah. But it is possible for radio personalities to strike it rich!
Legendary DJ Casey Kasem is selling his way over-the-top Los Angeles home for a cool $42-million bucks.
Click Here to read more....
This past weekend saw several icons in Country Music performing together at the Academy of Country Music Awards as Taylor Swift, Tim Mcgraw and Keith Urban performed "Highway Dont Care" together on stage.
Check out it out below....
This video runs a close second for the Viral Video of the Day....
Check out this very well made video which shows two dogs playing some bluegrass which you will love.
The Internet has become a utopia for aspiring magicians who post their tricks to youtube..
I have shared several videos with you recently of drive thru magic stunts and today... I would like to share this video of a human chair prank that is hilarious.
I would like to leave you with this absolutely stunning video from NASA which is made of video, photos, and compute models taken from the International Space Station.
Make your mark on this beautiful planet that we all call home today!