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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Here is a video of what you will hear me discussing on the show this morning.
A News affiliate for ABC recently said their reporters out to get a story from a mother who's daughter was the victim of a gun related crime, needless to say... the woman was not interested and the following downward spiral followed...
Here is another conversation you will hear me speaking about on the airwaves today, a couple who had killed a pregnant deer when their car collided with it in a road accident also saw the Deer give birth to twin deers, well apparently they decided to keep one of the baby deers and nurse it back to health. Five years later... neighbors are complaining and they have found out it illegal to keep the deer in their home state of Michigan.
Click HERE for more details regarding this amazing story.
BuzzFeed recently did a story on twenty six reasons to love Patrick Stewart
Here are a few of our favorites...
Here is a hilarious GIF from the list of reasons to love him.
Click HERE to check them all out
Simon Cowell was recently the victim of an egging attack by a woman during a recent episode of Britain's Got Talent by an exe contestant who felt slighted by not making it past auditions.
Here is a hilarious video of pedestrians at a bus stop being pranked by the wizards at Adobe in which they secretly photograph and photoshop the pictures while they wait for the bus.
Here is a video which recaps the recent win by Palace Malice at the Belmont Stakes