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!
Our plan to get the country running again! Or at least let politicians know we're p.o.'ed!
Let’s give them the finger!!
There’s probably not much we can do to end the government shutdown, but we CAN make our voices (fingers!) heard. Since our elected officials aren’t doing much more than pointing fingers at each other – I thought it was time we did a little finger-pointing of our own. Let’s let them know that no matter how hard they try to make “the other guy” responsible for this Bull-Spittle, we know exactly whose fault it is! Let’s send selfies of us...the American taxpayers, pointing the finger at THEM (the camera), so they know we’re holding each and EVERY member of Congress responsible!
Here's how to join the movement......
Step 1 - take your pointing selfie:
Step 2 - copy and paste the following message into your email - or write your own if you'd like:
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am hereby "giving you the finger" (which is to say I am pointing at YOU) because I believe YOU are to blame for the government shutdown.
While most of our elected officials are pointing their fingers at "the other guy," I and many other taxpayers are quite correctly pointing the finger of blame squarely at YOU. Why you personally? As a representative of the people, we expect you to find ways to avoid political posturing and drama, and we expect you to (at a very minimum!) keep our government functioning. I therefore expect YOU to do everything in your power to end the government shutdown! Please work tirelessly to persuade your fellow members of Congress that their constituents are no longer willing to
accept finger pointing as a substitute for problem solving, and that it's time to end the shutdown. Now!
Please also know that as this shutdown continues, come next election day I will have no problem pointing my finger at your opponent and giving them my vote, if necessary. Don't be surprised if a government shutdown also leads to a "shutdown" of your political career.
Thank you for your consideration,
A concerned taxpayer
Step 3 - use the email addresses below to make your voice heard (be sure to include/attach your "finger selfie"):
US Senators from FL
|Nelson, Bill - (D - FL)||Class I|
|716 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510|
|Rubio, Marco - (R - FL)||Class III|
|284 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510|
US Representatives from FL
Congressman Vern Buchanan
Congressman Tom Rooney
Congressman Trey Radel
Join us next week for Thursday night Football at:
24901 Sandhill Blvd #14
Deep Creek Commons
Punta Gorda, FL 33983
We had so much fun there last time, we can't wait to do it again!
Join us Thursday, October 10th as The New York Giants take on the Chicago Bears!
Enjoy Ice cold Bud Light and some great prizes!
Todd Matthews from the Kix Country morning show will be on location!
We'll see you there!
Here's a handy map so you can plan on being there!
Your "Nother Chance" Numbers for today...
1-4-5-9-27 and 34