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
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We have two great ideas for what to call the ugliest truck trophy at next weekend's truck show and competition. Which is your favorite?
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Get any damage from Andrea? Please share your photos with me HERE. Got a few shots to share of our office awning that got shredded during some high winds yesterday....
The internet has become a hot spot for daredevils to attempt to one up each other...
This is one of those videos that makes your jaw drop.
Here is a heartfelt video of a police officer helping a group of ducklings trapped in a sewer that I would like to share with you to get this Friday kicked off on the right start.
I would like to share the newest video with you from Taylor Swift who collaborated with Ed Sheeran for this ballad that is titled "Everything Has Changed".
Carrie Underwood recently made a very touching tribute to the victims of the Tornado in Oklahoma during a performance of "See You Again", Check it out below...
I shared several videos with you of Newscasters making some very mistakes and inappropiate comments while on air on yesterday's blog, I would like to share this video of Jimmy Fallon editing clips of the iconic Brian Williams to make it appear as if he is singing a Snoop Dog song, This is Hilarious!
Sprinter Justin Gatlin of the United States recently made headlines when he beat Usain Bolt at a race in Italy which is big becuase not only did he predict that he would, but it is also his redemption after previously being banned from running for a positive banned substance test.