Otis Futch, Ranger at the El Jobean Fire Tower

Otis Futch, Ranger at the El Jobean Fire Tower

When granddaughter, Cortney, asked if I would interview her grandfather who lived here for his 90 years, I knew he had history, but I didn’t know how deep this history would take me.  Join me as Otis shares his life here in SWFL. for the past 90 years. Hear Otis’s story of how he met his wife who was working at the Hotel Charlotte Harbor. Thank you Cortney  Otis is a piece of the areas history.

Loving the Radio Station

Loving the Radio Station

One thing I must be clear on, I love this radio station and its volunteers.  It has added joy to my life. I believe in it’s mission “Building Community through Open Communication”.  I see the fulfillment and need within the area community from Venice to Punta Gorda over to Englewood.  I’ve already learned so much that I, in a million years, would have never believed or intended I would learn, especially at this stage of my game…you know the game..LIFE.  Many people know me as the lady that wears so many different hats.  It is true.  I wear many hats, real and the other kind.  I’m really involved in community from Punta Gorda to North Port and everything in between.  Blah blah, blah.  But now as I look back I wonder what was RJ Malloy and Gale West thinking when they first started  to recruit me in 2012.  I didn’t come on board till Dec 2015.  Have you heard my voice??  Who wants to listen to that?  But then I realize that I have met many interesting people on my journey through life….and it’s about them…not me.  It is about my passions.  I’ve been given a platform to share those passions  hoping in a small way that  I can enrich, open up opportunities and give a voice to those that may not have a voice.    I’ve always been called the Barbara Walters of my family or the inquisitive one by my fellow leadership peeps.  I’ve always been curious, which has gotten me into trouble a few times in life.    Sure, I’m a believer and support all the other causes, both monetarily and by volunteerism, but in my heart I have a burning desire for the things that bring joy or curiosity to most.  I have met the most amazing volunteers and people/guests.  Not one person is paid at the radio station.  Insane as it may seem, I’ve seen better quality volunteers from admin to tech to show hosts than better than many I have managed through out the years in business.  Those with hidden talents that I don’t even think they knew they had.  I know I have found home.

SE Peace River Ghost Trackers

SE Peace River Ghost Trackers

Scott & Sprout from the Peace River Ghost Trackers share some of their paranormal tracking experience.  Station Manager RJ Malloy joins the trio and shares his recent research and experience at his own home, the historical Winchester home in El Jobean.  Listen, if you dare.  One of my most fascinating shows to date.

Writers on the Air with show host Loretta Martin
Exposed Behind the Door–Gina Battle and Donna Valenti

Exposed Behind the Door–Gina Battle and Donna Valenti

Donna, and Gina discuss their upcoming show Textures, Tones and Textiles with Reception at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First St, Fort Myers, FL 33901
Opening August 4th 6:00pm-10pm
 — with Gina BattleMichael PinckneyJanie Barbata DukeLB WMDharma T LefevreKathy Nicholson Wood andDonna Valenti.

Much laughter erupts as Donna exposes Gina. Join this three some as they laugh their way unveiling and revealing some surprises for their guests.

Exposed Behind the Doors…Vintage Finder’s Warehouse, Dean & Diane Castellano

Exposed Behind the Doors…Vintage Finder’s Warehouse, Dean & Diane Castellano

American Pickers come to North Port, well almost.  Dean and Diane Castellano are those pickers right here in North Port.  There warehouses of antiques and pickings are right off of Toledo Blade across the Highway from the Imagine School, close to I 75.  Who knew?

Listen to how these two got started in this fascinating bus   They go facebook live at 10am on Wednesdays check it out.    https://www.facebook.com/vintagefinderswarehouse/

Exposed Behind the Doors Courtney Leigh Hardin

Exposed Behind the Doors Courtney Leigh Hardin

Currently from Dallas, TX Courtney Leigh Hardin is a an artist, singer, financial planner, interior designer, author and illustrator, plus a sweepstaker.  Courtney  explains  her book “Mouse and Pod”.  The book is based on her own feelings of growing up as a LGBT child.  “Mouse and Pod” is a must read for any child or adult that is struggling with who they are.

Courtney is, also, an avid sweepstaker.  She and I met at sweepstakes convention in Orlando  and ran across each other at the Sweepstakes Convention in Las Vegas.  We talk about  Courtney’s first year of sweepstaking where she won two cars, cash, a trip to Los Angeles with a  walk on role on New Girl with Zoe Deschanel and a trip to Las Vegas .

You can find “Mouse & Pod” https://www.amazon.com/Mouse-Pod-Courtney-Leigh-Hardin/dp/0692647619 or  https://www.facebook.com/MouseandPod/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

https://www.facebook.com/MouseandPod/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf this is a facebook live of us after the interview, I was shot it was 3 am our time.

 

 

 

Sleuthing-Eye Opening Tales of the Past Historic Spanish Point with John McCarthy

Sleuthing-Eye Opening Tales of the Past Historic Spanish Point with John McCarthy

John McCarthy, from the Historic Spanish Point, is well versed in the History of this area from the archaic to today. John’s undeniable expertise draws us into the past reminding us why it is so important to preserve the middens, Historical sites, protecting the history, so we never forget who these people were and why our area is so important to the history of our country and the world.

SE Virginia B. Andes

SE Virginia B. Andes

Virginia’s story isn’t typical of a woman who was born in 1919.  Virginia B. Andes  graduated from Kent University,  joined IBM Corporation in 1944, initially working inside a “Tent City” in  Endicott, NY on punch card equipment during WWII.  In an era where few women broke into professional positions, Virginia broke through that glass ceiling working her way up to senior systems engineer.  Virginia was a  visionary philanthropist.  Listen to her story told through people who knew her well, Laura Amendola, financial planner and friend,  and Suzanne Roberts, Exec. Director of Virginia B Andes Volunteer Community Clinic.  Because of Virginia’s vision her legacy impacts people daily.

BD-Adeline Seakwood

BD-Adeline Seakwood

Adeline Seakwood started out as a Palmer Model. Her first movie was North by Northwest with Carey Grant. Learn where Adeline found her niche in her 50 year career in the Film and TV industry. Adeline was awarded recently for her contribution in the industry. Find out why. Adeline is known locally as the Sunshine Lady of Punta Gorda. The well known Nanette Leonard is the daughter of Adeline.