"I was born and reared (if you'll pardon the expression) in a small town in West (By God!) Virginia. How small was it? The 7-11 closed at 5. There was only one massage parlor, and it was self-serve. The sewage treatment plant was a two-holer with a moon on the door. I graduated Valedictorian at Logan High School (with a D+ average), attended Davidson College in North Carolina (where I made straight A's...the rest of my letters were a little crooked) and was graduated from West Virginia University with a B.A. in History (minored in sex education... people kept stealing the visual aids). Later, I spent two years as an officer in the U.S. Army, (originally, to avoid the draft, I left the country. I couldn't afford the cost of living in Canada, so I moved to South Vietnam) during which time I served in Vietnam. (I was cited for once throwing myself on a plate of warm chipped beef on toast... didn't get a purple heart, but later came down with an inflamed liver)."
"I came to the sunny Tampa Bay Area in 1970. I was on the original broadcast team for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (I did the locker room shows when they were 0 and 26 it was like having to go to the Republican locker room after The '96 Presidential Election), was with The Tampa Bay Bandits (skoal stains all over my microphone), was voice of the USF Basketball Program (I knew they were in trouble when they recruited a center named "Shorty") and the Tampa Bay Rowdies (strange sport used their feet instead of their hands which made it painful when they scratched their crotches). I've also been the voice of The Jerry Lewis Telethon (Jack's Kids), Gasparilla and Festival of States Parade Coverage (I loathe a parade), Hosted The Buccaneer Coach's Show for five years (I asked Coach John McKay about the team's execution after a particular game, and he replied, "I think executing them is a good idea") and the Noon Show, Pulse Plus, on Channel 13 for nearly six years, hosted "Harris Live" at weekdays on WFLA-TV, Channel 8 (is going from 13 to 8 a move up or a move down?). And can now be seen on ABC Action News (Channel 28). Basically, I'm a radio person. I have a better face for it, although some folks say I have a voice for newspaper. Just ask my wife, Joy and my son, Jackson."
Here are two videos you might enjoy… the first involves New England Quarterback Tom Brady… poking fun at himself, which is pretty neat…
The second is a song done by JJ McCoy about two of our favorite subjects… the Military and the Sunshine State, including mentions of Ybor City…