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!
At Kix Country, we all are both amazed and thankful for the outpouring of love for our fallen hero, Michael Wilson. I just wanted to share a letter from Mike's Mom, Joanne who expresses her gratitude in this heartfelt letter. Please take a moment to read this!
Words can't express my gratitude for the overwhelming support my children and I have received since the Aug. 5 death of my beloved husband, Charlotte County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Mike Wilson. Although we are heartbroken, we are finding tremendous comfort in your love and kindness.
There are many people to thank, but I want to begin with the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office family. Thank you to all the patrol officers, the dispatchers, the detectives, the detention staff and the civilian staff who assisted, and continue to assist, my children and me.
To the Night Crawler Squad, our skilled EMS/Fire Rescue personnel and the dedicated doctors and nurses at Peace River Regional Medical Center - thank you for being there for Mike on that terrible night and for your valiant efforts to save him. Thank you as well for all of your support and kindness in the weeks since.
Thank you to my fellow nurses and my entire hospital family. You have reached out to us in so many ways since Mike's death. We feel your love. Thanks as well to our many friends, neighbors and family who have delivered meals, shared hugs and shed tears with us.
To the friends of
Thanks as well to all of the law enforcement officers from around the state who paid their respects at Mike's viewing and the funeral. Mike would have been so proud to see you there.
And to the staff of Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services, thank you for your professionalism and guidance through this traumatic experience.
And I cannot say enough about the fine citizens of our
Thank you all for honoring our hero.
Here's the latest video update on Project 240, The drift car project that Harbor Nissan is working on! I think you can tell already that this car is going to be a very powerful street machine!
Have you ever had a dream of working your way through school at a fast food restaurant? Well, I did! If you were a new Wendy's employee in the early 1980's, then you would have likely seen this video....It's cheesier than than the Triple with Cheese!
Poll Of The Day!!
What do you think? Should a radio station refuse advertising from a business, organization, or Television Network based on the fact that some folks in the audience perceive them to be tied to terrorism? Is there truth in the perception? Do we need to be more objective? In case you don't know what I'm talking about, This radio station, and many others, has aired a commercial for Al Jazeera Television Network, a network that is trying to gain an American audience.
Should radio stations air ads of this type?
My wife and I aren't in a hurry to choose our next car, so we're seeking public input. We're leaning towards something in the "pony car" category and we've been able to test drive both a late model Mustang and a 2013 Camaro. Have you voted yet in our "Pony Car Throwdown?" If not...please do!!
BTW, it's been suggested that I take every one who votes on an actual test drive - which I'm planning on doing! Stay tuned and check back often to find out how.