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!
I've been asked lately to keep track and occasionally comment on how much time is left until I reach my 20th anniversary at KIX Country. The only way I could think to stay on top of it was to create a sort of toteboard, and keep changing the numbers. When you hear me refer to "Todd's Twentieth Toteboard" in the future, this is what I mean. Yeah, I know...pretty crappy artwork, but it gets the job done!
Conspiracy theorists are going nuts over this one! There's no doubt that Jay Z is a mighty force in the world of music...but capable of time travel??? That's what some are wondering about this photo from 1935 that shows an apparent Jay Z lookalike. Hello...has anyone ever heard of a coincidence??
Just for reference, here's a recent photo of the "real"
And everyone is talking about the latest episode of Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" restaurant TV show. The owners either were insane prior to his visit - or became so because of Mr. Ramsay's "less than charitable" personality - but either way they've made complete idiots of themselves on national TV and social media. Watch this clip, and remember - Mr. Ramsay was there because THEY invited him!!
WTF(udge)? Here's that video of a woman who was kicked off a plane for continually singing "I Will Always Love You," and refusing to stop. She didn't even stop when escorted in cuffs off the plane after it made an emergency landing.
Got a story about a flying car….yes, a flying car(!) that crashed into a tree. This video is from the Maverick company, located in Florida, that manufactures flying cars. They’re on of MANY flying car companies. How have I not heard of this before??
An abandoned apartment in France has been discovered some 70 years after anyone last lived there, at the outbreak of World War II. Full of (now) antique furniture and valuable artwork, it recently sold for almost $2-million dollars. Other than a thick layer of dust, the apartment appears virtually untouched by the ravages of time! Click HERE to see the rest of the pics.
Good Morning Kix Country
Today's "Notha' Chance" numbers:
9 16 18 27 40 42
Yet another example of why they're called the "Always Exciting South Biscayne Church." Alligator wrangling at every service! No, not really, but there was the need to politely suggest this go back to his comfortable retention pond behind the church yesterday after their 11 AM service. Worth noting: the female voice you hear is that of my wife, asking about taking the little guy home to OUR place. And yes, she was serious!
My wife makes it so hard to say "no!" She wants to make a pet out of the gator...and offered the following in her defense:
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." Genesis 1:25
How's a husband supposed to argue his point IN church and WITH God???
Yesterday saw the Always Exciting South Biscayne Church awarding Tara Tillman as the winner of the Queen for a Day Contest courtesy of Turning Heads Salon and the Wyvern Hotel.
Here is a photo of Tara taken yesterday morning...
The Florida Veterans played the opening game of the 2013 playoffs in the UFFL semi pro football league and unfortunately did not come away as the winner. Regardless, I would like to share several photos with you from the game...
You can check out the entire photo gallery of over 70 photos by clicking HERE
Here is the viral video that is making a splash over the internet of the latest running of Pumpcast news from the Jay Leno show...
Astronaut Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station recently became the first person to create a music video in space... Check out the following video of Chris performing the iconic Space Oddity by David Bowie which is backed by stunning visuals in high definition.