|Elvis at 77: Somewhat craggy, sad to say|
Traci Cloyd works double duty. To HOT 105 FM listeners, she is a bright, effervescent, and straight-talking radio personality who adds local flavor to the Tom Joyner syndicated morning program. However she's also adept at working behind the scenes as the station's news director, which literally puts her on call 24 hours 7 days a week.
A local media veteran with more than 20 years of experience in the South Florida market, Traci's built an impressive resume that includes on-air interviews with numerous celebs of every stripe and distinction, among them Rosie O'Donnell, Denzel Washington, Dr. Robert Atkins, even President Bill Clinton, and then-Presidential candidate Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. This time around, New Times turned the tables and put her on the receiving end of some Qs and As.More »
Fortunately, other talented artists that have emerged from South Florida achieved far happier results while gaining superstardom. Here are a few examples of some hometown heroes that took the national stage by storm.
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|He's got the key to our hearts: A proud Petty reaffirms his root|
Born October 20, 1950, Petty's budding interest in music came about when his uncle, who was working on the set of the Elvis Presley film Follow That Dream in Ocala, invited his ten year-old nephew to watch the proceedings. Petty also got to meet Presley, and in short order, he was hooked.
He allegedly traded his slingshot for a box of Elvis 45s.
Born under the most milquetoast moon ever, Winston Hubert McIntosh on the 19th of October 1944, would never play game to bullshit and/or bullshitisms. Christened Peter Tosh after a horrific accident, after a tenureship with Bob Marley.
His untimely death in 1987 at the age of 42 is proof positive that no good deed goes unpunished! When that three-man gang incurred itself on his house on September of 1987 there would be no telling.More »