Born in Philadelphia to Catholic parents with gypsy blood coursing through their veins, John was brought to South Florida at a very early age as his parents tried to stay one step ahead of the law. (Just kidding – but every bio needs a catchy opening)
Growing up in Hollywood in the late 1960s and early 1970s, John spent his youth as most youth do; reading comic books, fantasizing that he was a super hero and wondering what the neighbors were having for dinner. When attending Hollywood Hills High, John realized his future would involve writing because he had the math skill of a 5th grader and he had no interest in athletics. Graduating with a semi-respectable grade point average, John went to Florida State University where he majored in Communications because everything else seemed like work.
After graduating FSU with semi-respectable grades, the real work began; John set out to find a job. Since “the first man on the moon” and being Hugh Hefner were already taken (damn you Hef), John went to work at 940 WINZ – a news/talk radio station in Miami – as a producer. He was eventually promoted to reporter and then to the assignment desk, where he lost most of his hair (pulled it out actually) covering breaking news and coddling finicky reporters.
Somewhere in the late 1990s he made the switch to Newsradio 610 WIOD where his news shows won numerous Florida Associated Press awards for “best newscasts”, etc. After 25 years in the ‘news radio’ business, John was downsized out of a job in late 2005. In early 2006, he was hired by CBS4’s web department where he has been ever since.
John is not what you really call a ‘newsie’; in fact, he hates watching news networks like CNN, MSBC, Fox News with their talking head shows where the experts go ‘blah blah blah’ all day long. So what does he like – probably every thing you do; from watching the guys blow stuff up on Mythbusters, to Rachael Ray whipping up a 7 course dinner in 30 minutes (or less) and re-runs of NCIS. His down to earth lifestyle is reflected in his writing. He takes the information & facts and puts them into a story that both enlightens and informs – and sometimes will even make you laugh.
If you’re planning a trip to Universal Studios Florida or the Islands of Adventure this summer, it’s going cost a bit more.
Inspired by one of the fastest sharks in the ocean, SeaWorld Orlando has announced a new hypercoaster named “Mako” will open next summer in a new shark themed area of the park.
He’s back. Jack the Clown, Universal Orlando’s master of the murder, the maker of mayhem and dealer of death will return for the park’s annual Halloween Horror Nights.
The King is coming back to the Universal Orlando Resort. Wednesday morning Universal Orlando confirmed on Twitter that a new King Kong attraction would be opening in 2016.
A former Chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party is challenging first termRepublican Congressman Carlos Curbelo for the state’s District 26 seat.
A teen who was critically injured when he was attacked by three teens in 2009 and set him on fire has been arrested in Palm Beach County on drug charges.
A watch thief with an impeccable sense of timing stole an expensive Rolex from woman at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
A fight in a dark alley turned deadly for a Hollywood man early Sunday morning. Just before 2 a.m. Hollywood police officers were sent to an alley off Taylor Street after someone called to say two men were fighting.
Florida Lotto and Powerball players are hoping they’ll have better luck this Wednesday to win lots of cash.
Screams, dreams and nightmares. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night through the end of the month ghouls, ghosts and insane zombies roam the Village of Horrors on the grounds of Ft. Lauderdale’s War Memorial Auditorium.