Weird Florida http://blog.wlrn.org en This Floridian Life: Ira Glass On Our Weird Stories http://blog.wlrn.org/post/floridian-life-ira-glass-our-weird-stories <p>There's been an ongoing debate among the staff in our newsroom about whether Florida really is weirder than the other states. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In December, we set out to produce a feature -- one segment -- about the weirdest stories of the year. Those stories spilled into <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/florida-weird-heres-what-was-weirdest-year" target="_blank">three separate segments</a></strong>, and we could have easily kept going. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:37:19 +0000 Alicia Zuckerman 29209 at http://blog.wlrn.org This Floridian Life: Ira Glass On Our Weird Stories Florida Flops Are Big Winners On Late-Night TV http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-flops-are-big-winners-late-night-tv <p>We've always known Florida is a weird place, but now the rest of the nation seems to be catching on -- and they think we're funny.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:39:18 +0000 Hillary Lindwall 28522 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Flops Are Big Winners On Late-Night TV What Makes Florida So Weird? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-makes-florida-so-weird <p></p><p>Orlando Sentinel interviews Charlie about what makes Florida so weird.</p><p><a href="post/what-makes-florida-so-weird" target="_blank">Click here to watch this weird video &gt;&gt; Mon, 10 Jun 2013 19:28:54 +0000 Mia Laurenzo 15556 at http://blog.wlrn.org What Makes Florida So Weird? Improbable Tales of the Real Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/improbable-tales-real-florida <p></p><p>05/15/13 - Wednesday's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><strong>Topical Currents</strong></a> is with veteran Florida journalist and raconteur Jeff Klinkenberg.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the tradition of the great Al Burt, </span>Klinkenberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> discovers the quirks and funky aspects of our diverse and often unusual state.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He’s found that a low register tuba blast can trigger bull alligators to bellow.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That and more in his book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><a href="http://amzn.to/1034uqN">ALLIGATORS IN B-FLAT:&nbsp; Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida</a></strong>. &nbsp;</em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</em><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://twitter.com/topicalcurrents">Topical Currents&nbsp;</a></span></strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">at&nbsp;1pm on&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wlrn.org/schedule/WLRN" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(62, 72, 122); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><b style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">WLRN-HD1</b></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;rebroadcast at 7pm on&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wlrn.org/schedule/wlrn-hd2" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(62, 72, 122); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><b style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">WLRN-HD2</b></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;and audio on-demand after the live program.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 14042 at http://blog.wlrn.org Improbable Tales of the Real Florida Lake Placid Celebration http://blog.wlrn.org/post/lake-placid-celebration <p>In celebration of Lake Placid’s recent accolade as being named America’s Most Interesting Town by Reader’s Digest, the Tour Lake Placid Society hosted a premier screening of WLRN’s Weird Florida:&nbsp; On the Road at the Caladium Arts and Crafts Co-op.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 21:58:04 +0000 Mia Laurenzo 11256 at http://blog.wlrn.org Lake Placid Celebration Big Weird Florida Bash http://blog.wlrn.org/post/big-weird-florida-bash-0 <p>From the shadows of Ashley’s Restaurant fans gathered<br>for a Big Weird Florida Bash !!<br><br>Over 100 people showed up for a special screening of the new episode of WLRN’s Weird Florida: On the Road Again.&nbsp;&nbsp; This event took place at Florida’s well-known haunted eatery, Ashley’s Restaurant which lasted until 11pm.&nbsp; In addition to the screening, there was live music, a real séance led by The Great Cindini, and a remote broadcast on Spookhunters Radio from America’s skeptical ghost hunter Owen Sliter. &nbsp; Thu, 21 Mar 2013 21:46:16 +0000 Mia Laurenzo 11255 at http://blog.wlrn.org Big Weird Florida Bash Weird Florida: On the Road Again http://blog.wlrn.org/post/weird-florida-road-again <P><A href="http://youtu.be/mwYOnjk9IYI">http://youtu.be/mwYOnjk9IYI</A></P> <P>The Master of the Weird and his canine companion hit the road in search of more wild, wacky and weird adventures all over the Sunshine State.&nbsp;They travel over 1500 miles in search of unusual people and&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; places . . . and find Florida’s best-kept secrets and oddest legends!&nbsp; <EM>"Weird Florida: On the Road Again</EM>", tonight at 8 pm on WLRN Channel 17!</P> <P>A WLRN Original Production!</P> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:42:39 +0000 James March 10043 at http://blog.wlrn.org Big Weird Florida Bash ! http://blog.wlrn.org/post/big-weird-florida-bash <p><strong>From the shadows of Ashley's Restaurant, catch the spirit at the </strong></p><p><strong>BIG WEIRD FLORIDA BASH !!<br>SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH 5p.m. till closing !!!</strong></p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 21:56:01 +0000 Mia Laurenzo 9947 at http://blog.wlrn.org Big Weird Florida Bash ! Charlie Carlson Makes Movie http://blog.wlrn.org/post/charlie-carlson-makes-movie <p>Florida’s Master of the Weird, Charlie Carlson busy on the set of <strong>‘ASHLEY’S SHADOW”</strong> a film based on his novel by the same name.&nbsp; The movie is set in 1934 and centers around the real-life unsolved murder of Ethel Allen, a nineteen-year-old local who was found brutally murdered on the shores of the nearby Indian River.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 20:24:18 +0000 Mia Laurenzo 9355 at http://blog.wlrn.org Charlie Carlson Makes Movie Highlights from Weird Florida Event http://blog.wlrn.org/post/highlights-weird-florida-event <p><em>(Theme from Twilight Zone echoes in your head while you read this…)</em></p><p>Picture if you will…</p><p>A television studio transformed into a circus sideshow.</p><p>A woman eats fire and throws knives at a human target.</p><p>A skunk ape lurks in the shadows.</p><p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:18:04 +0000 Mia Laurenzo 9319 at http://blog.wlrn.org Highlights from Weird Florida Event WLRN-TV’s Documentary, “Weird Florida: On The Road Again” http://blog.wlrn.org/post/wlrn-tv-s-documentary-weird-florida-road-again <p></p><p>01/09/13 - Wednesday's &nbsp;<strong>Topical Currents</strong> features Florida raconteur Charlie Carlson and his “curious canine,” Lady Isabel, his adopted full-bred boxer. &nbsp;They’re the focus of a WLRN-TV documentary, “<a href="http://wlrn.org/weirdflorida">WEIRD FLORIDA:&nbsp; ON THE ROAD AGAIN</a>.” &nbsp;They travel over 1500 miles across the Sunshine State in search of unusual people and places . . . and find Florida’s best-kept secrets and oddest legends.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 7459 at http://blog.wlrn.org WLRN-TV’s Documentary, “Weird Florida: On The Road Again” Weird Florida Quiz: Watch, Answer, And Get A Free Book! http://blog.wlrn.org/post/weird-florida-quiz-watch-answer-and-get-free-book <p class="yiv811269445MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p>If you live here, you know: Florida is&nbsp;<em>weird.&nbsp;</em></p><p>It’s so weird, we sort of take it for granted.</p><p>Which is part of why WLRN is proud to present <em>Weird Florida: On The Road Again.</em>&nbsp;This latest hour-long documentary is the follow-up to the tremendous success of the first television special&nbsp;<em>Weird Florida: Roads Less Traveled</em>, which has aired on PBS stations from Miami, Fla. to Juneau, Alaska.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 17:00:00 +0000 WLRN Staff & WLRN 7438 at http://blog.wlrn.org Weird Florida Quiz: Watch, Answer, And Get A Free Book! A New WLRN Documentary "Weird Florida: On The Road Again" http://blog.wlrn.org/post/new-wlrn-documentary-weird-florida-road-again <p></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mwYOnjk9IYI?rel=0" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p><strong>Update 8 a.m. Sunday, December 23</strong>: "Weird Florida" On Page One</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.sun-sentinel.com/fl-weird-florida-show-wlrn-20121221,0,6620294.story"><em>The South Florida Sun-Sentinel</em> featured&nbsp;WLRN's&nbsp;latest documentary</a>, "Weird Florida," on its Sunday front page story on&nbsp;December 23. Reporter Johnny Diaz interviewed&nbsp;WLRN's own Mia Lorenzo:</p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(41, 39, 39); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">WLRN&nbsp;producer Mia&nbsp;</span>Laurenzo<span style="color: rgb(41, 39, 39); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;says she wanted to take viewers on a TV tour of seldom-seen attractions.</span></p><p style="margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(41, 39, 39); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">"I like it when viewers say, 'Wow, I really didn't know that' — especially people who live here,'' says&nbsp;Laurenzo, who traveled with Carlson, the dog and a cameraman for several weeks beginning in May.</p><p style="margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(41, 39, 39); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">The&nbsp;<a class="taxInlineTagLink" href="http://www.sun-sentinel.com/topic/us/florida/broward-county/hollywood-%28broward-florida%29-PLGEO100100403100000.topic" id="PLGEO100100403100000" style="color: rgb(0, 71, 93); text-decoration: underline;" title="Hollywood (Broward, Florida)">Hollywood</a>&nbsp;resident got the idea for the documentaries after spotting Carlson's 2005 book, "Weird Florida: Your Travel Guide to Florida's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets." Taking a cue from the classic series "Ripley's Believe It or Not!," the&nbsp;WLRN&nbsp;show also has segments on creepy legends such as a lake monster in the city of&nbsp;Frostproof&nbsp;and a "skunk-ape" north of Lakeland.</p><p style="margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(41, 39, 39); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">"It's not your typical PBS travel show which tells you about the types of food, the culture, the area and [has] these beautiful sweeping aerial pans,''&nbsp;Laurenzo&nbsp;says. "'Weird Florida' is campy. We take a look at these roadside attractions."</p></blockquote><p><strong>Posted at 11:46 a.m. Friday, December 21:</strong></p><p></p><p>WLRN takes viewers on a trip through Florida in search of weird places and whacky people, with its new documentary<strong> Weird Florida: On the Road Again</strong> !&nbsp; This exciting new documentary was produced due to the tremendous success of the first television special <em>Weird Florida: Roads Less Traveled, </em>which has aired on PBS stations from Miami, Florida to Juneau, Alaska.&nbsp; To fulfill the desires of weird fans everywhere, the bizarre journey to Florida’s zaniest places will continue in this all new <strong>Weird Florida: On the Road Again</strong>.</p><p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 16:46:21 +0000 WLRN Staff 6678 at http://blog.wlrn.org Give us your HONK if you’re WEIRD photos http://blog.wlrn.org/post/give-us-your-honk-if-you-re-weird-photos <p></p><p>Have you seen our Weird Florida crew on the road? If they gave you one of these stickers we want to see you pictures! And if you don’t have one, send us an email to mia(at)wlrn(dot)org, and we will get one to you in a hurry!</p><p>Because us weird people need to give fair warning to those around us. It’s only common courtesy.</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Mia Laurenzo 1129 at http://blog.wlrn.org Give us your HONK if you’re WEIRD photos Weird Florida Visits Boca Chita Key and Finds.. Weird Stuff http://blog.wlrn.org/post/weird-florida-visits-boca-chita-key-and-finds-weird-stuff <p>All of the Coral&nbsp;stone structures on Boca Chita Key were built by Mark Honeywell, the wealthy industrialist who founded the Honeywell Corporation.</p><p>Carl Fisher, a wealthy entrepreneur, was&nbsp;often invited to social gatherings hosted by&nbsp;Mr. and Mrs.&nbsp;Honeywell on the island. Fisher would bring along his&nbsp;famous pet elephant, Rosy, also attended the party on one occasion. Rosy gained national fame for serving as President Herbert Hoover’s golf caddy when he came to Miami.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:00:00 +0000 Charlie Carlson 1125 at http://blog.wlrn.org Weird Florida Visits Boca Chita Key and Finds.. Weird Stuff