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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John Grabau here filling in for Todd Matthews once again, I am very pleased to say that I will leading you into the weekend via the airwaves this morning.
I would like to remind everyone that Todd will be broadcasting live tomorrow morning from 10:00 AM until Noon at Cramer Toyota of Venice which is located on the U.S 41 South Bypass Venice.
Todd will also be broadcasting live from the Habitat in Humanity office located in Murdock from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.
You heard me speaking about this over the airwaves yesterday morning and I would like to share this story with you today via Todd's blog page.
This year's running of the World Ugliest Dog competition is set to kick off today at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in California.
You can vote in a online contest that is just for fun and features the dogs who will be in this year's contest so that you can see what dogs are participating in the contest.
Click HERE to head over to the website to vote!
Click HERE to see the photos of the Alligator who crashed a picnic and started eating hamburgers which you heard me speaking about this morning.
Here is the latest commercial which shows the new video feature for Instagram
In light of the recent passing from actor James Gandolfini, I would like to share this touching clip of a past guest spot on Sesame Street with you of the late actor.
Here is a video of Ben Lapp playing guitar and playing basketball at the same time in harmony which makes for a very impressive watch.
Check out this video of these newly developed glass which were created to prevent facial recognition from cameras and social media platforms
Check out this video of a newly created alarm clock which has an anti snooze feature that is designed to make sure you get up.