I am a baby boomer. My generation spans 1946 -1964.  I am not sure what defines those years and who decided them but that is the deal.  I was born in 1959, as the 50’s were ending and the 60’s were making their way into the world.  I was four years old in my babysitter’s basement while she cried and ironed clothes, watching a funeral on the black & white television. I knew something bad had happened but was too young to understand that President Kennedy had been assassinated and everything was about to change in America.



On this World AIDS day in 2016, Florida has the highest rate for new HIV cases in the country! Due to cutbacks with the state health system and awareness down in the millennial generation, HIV/AIDS is still very much alive and well. Yes, we have had significant advances since the 80’s when HIV/AIDS was a death sentence to so many. The profile was higher with celebs like Rock Hudson and child hemophiliac Ryan White bringing attention to the new disease. The newer generations still need information regarding prevention. They must understand that this disease is still a very real problem in 2016.

Justin Johnson


Justin Johnson, one of the world’s leading ambassadors for cigar box guitars and handmade roots instruments, will be the featured performer at WSLR’s Third Annual Cigar Box Festival on Saturday, November 26 at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. 



During Season 4 of American Idol Simon Cowell predicted Carrie would” sell more records  than any previous Idol.” He was right and then some none of us saw coming! Underwood is the queen, sweetheart and darling of country music. Everyone from kids to the elderly packed Amalie Arena in Tampa on Wednesday night to watch Carrie hold court.

What’s New at SRQ?


“We’re like the Whole Foods and Tampa airport is a Publix,” said Rick Piccolo, President and CEO of SRQ airport, when asked why people would fly out of Tampa instead of our lovely boutique airport.

Forks and Corks, A Food Lovers Delight


Tickets for the tenth annual Forks and Corks food appreciation event go on sale November 7. The party is presented by the folks at the Sarasota / Manatee Originals restaurant group.

Stone Crab Festival In Cortez Honors Local Fisherman on November 5 and 6


The 5th Annual Stone Crab Festival is set for Sat., November 5th and Sun., November 6th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (and later at the restaurants) and it’s free! Word on the street – it’s one of the most widely attended events of the season and it happens in one of the only historic, working fishing villages in the state. Cortez – the little fishing village with a BIG presence.

Some Humor! The Singles Scene, 200000 BC


“Life In The Boomer Lane”, Renee Fisher has some great humor this morning!  Modern humans believe they created the singles scene. But, as one of our esteemed presidential candidates would say, “Wrong.”