Mike Kiniry

Producer
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A big year, at least amongst birders, is an unofficial competition to see who can see or hear the most species of birds within a given geographical area. This can be done within a state, country or, even, the world.

Christmas Day has come and gone, but the 12th day of Christmas, January 6th, has even more weight in some cultures. Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, a traditional Catholic holiday is celebrated on the 6th of January through much of Latin America -- and arguably, most so, on the island of Puerto Rico. Sanibel poet Joe Pacheco brings us this piece remembering his first tropical Christmas.

We'll sit down for the hour with Nathan Hill. The Naples-based novelist's first book, "The Nix," took the literary world by storm in 2016. We'll ask him what the onslaught of literary fame has been like, and how it felt to learn that great American novelist John Irving had compared his work to Charles Dickens.

We're joined live in studio by the five members of Captain Joe and the Bottom Feeders. The Bottomfeeders are a bluegrass band led by fishing guide Captain Joe McNichols. He was joined by Sharon Morrison, Pat Morrison and Larry Wicker in 2010, and Angela Girdley came aboard in 2017. They've been pickin’ and grinnin’ ever since. They play mostly traditional bluegrass music, but throw in a few other songs that are favorites from the past. They say their goal is to create a pleasing sound while having fun and entertaining those who care to listen. They play at venues throughout Southwest Florida, including bluegrass festivals, local shows, special events and parties.

Hallmark Channel


The holiday season is upon us — and with it, the season for the hopelessly romantic TV movies that have become a tradition for many during the month December. Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movies have become such a sappy staple, the likes of even Netflix has now begun to imitate the art of the feel-good films this season.

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