Hosting the Q105 Saturday Night Dance Party at Club Dubai in Tampa
Gotta say thanks to my buddy Dave “Flash” Morgan for letting me fill in for him this weekend for the Saturday Night Dance Party. It hit me on the drive home that as we get older and life sometimes can become less about your passion and more about paying bills that I haven’t had that much fun on the radio in 15 years. Some of these songs I hadn’t played on the radio since my first station back in 1990 in Portland, Maine where I grew up.
While I was listening to the music, I remembered a friend I had in high school who lived here in Tampa. He’d constantly talk about how much better the radio stations were in Florida. Last month I bought a contraption that converts cassettes to MP3. He would mail me cassette tapes of the music and DJ’s on stations in Miami and Tampa like The Power Pig & Q105. I even found a couple clips from the early days of Bubba The Love Sponge on WFLZ. We never had music or shows like that in Maine and hosting the Dance Party this weekend brought it all back.
If you live here in the Tampa area and grew up in the late 70s to the early 90s, you’ve got to get to Club Dubai in Carrollwood some Saturday night. DJ “Matt That Brat” is a phenom. I’m not one that hypes DJs much. In fact, I’ve always kind of dismissed them at times for their talent… never again. Matt really brings it all back with energy and a true passion for the music that we partied to back in the day. In a way, it felt like this would be the best ‘last show’ ever to wrap up my on air career. In fact for the last song of the broadcast, I had him play the first song I ever played on the radio in 1990… Ice Ice Baby.
The place was packed. I got to give away a trip to Oktoberfest in Germany. Plus everyone was hyped up with the Super Freestyle Explosion concert at Amalie Arena in town with Stevie B, Taylor Dayne, The Cover Girls, Lisa Lisa, Lisette Melendez, Debbie Deb and a bunch more.
Here are some of the pictures and highlights. The first few segments are from the Q studios. The live club broadcast started at 9. Thanks to everyone who came out and made this night so memorable.