Gene is the voice you hear at the start of every show we do. We would make him do that intro live every Saturday. It was interesting at times to hear Gene crank out the opening after his 3rd or fourth Bud Lite. Gene died in 2019 but his legend will live on forever at the start of every one of our shows.
Back when we started the show we didn’t have a video component and there was no Facebook page. We started to add guests from the community, from the Chamber of Commerce, Town Council, County Board Members and others. We added Facebook Live and YouTube. The show began to catch on in the community and with only one weekly newspaper covering the news it gave residents another choice.
Today, we have over 3,000 followers on Facebook and it’s growing every day. Our Saturday shows are viewed anywhere between 1,000 and 3,000 times. We also offer the show as a podcast for anyone who prefers to listen and we can be heard on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio and other podcat platforms, in addition to our website www.beachtalkradio.com
As a compliment to Beach Talk Radio, and with the closing of the Island Sandpaper in July 2020, we decided to launch BeachTalkRadioNews.com, a news-focused website and e-mail newsletter to keep the community informed about all the news taking place on Fort Myers Beach.