Weird Florida

Stuart Mullenberg

There's been an ongoing debate among the staff in our newsroom about whether Florida really is weirder than the other states.  In December, we set out to produce a feature -- one segment -- about the weirdest stories of the year. Those stories spilled into three separate segments, and we could have easily kept going. But still, maybe it  just seems like we're weirder because this is where we are, this is what we know. Isn't New Orleans weird? Isn't Chicago?

Florida Flops Are Big Winners On Late-Night TV

Feb 27, 2014

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.

Comedian Seth Meyers premiered a new segment called Fake or Florida on his show "Late Night with Seth Meyers." Meyers read news stories to his contestants, who had to guess whether the stories were fake or actually happened in Florida. Meyers prefaced the segment by saying whenever he hears weird news, the setting is always Florida.

What Makes Florida So Weird?

Jun 10, 2013

Orlando Sentinel interviews Charlie about what makes Florida so weird.

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http://www.jeffklinkenberg.com/

05/15/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with veteran Florida journalist and raconteur Jeff Klinkenberg. In the tradition of the great Al Burt, Klinkenberg discovers the quirks and funky aspects of our diverse and often unusual state. He’s found that a low register tuba blast can trigger bull alligators to bellow. That and more in his book, ALLIGATORS IN B-FLAT:  Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida.    Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program. 

Lake Placid Celebration

Mar 21, 2013

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:  On the Road at the Caladium Arts and Crafts Co-op. 

Show times were 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.  It started out with a full house of 68 people, the second showing had 55, and the third had 44 for a total of 167 people who watched the video.  Everyone loved it.  There was a drawing for a free book and DVD, which was later donated to the Lake Placid Public Library.

Big Weird Florida Bash

Mar 21, 2013
Photo by Michelle McArdle

From the shadows of Ashley’s Restaurant fans gathered
for a Big Weird Florida Bash !!

Over 100 people showed up for a special screening of the new episode of WLRN’s Weird Florida: On the Road Again.   This event took place at Florida’s well-known haunted eatery, Ashley’s Restaurant which lasted until 11pm.  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.  
Books and DVDs were sold as well as a raffle for giveaways. 

Weird Florida: On the Road Again

Feb 27, 2013

Big Weird Florida Bash !

Feb 25, 2013
Photo by Gary Lester

From the shadows of Ashley's Restaurant, catch the spirit at the

BIG WEIRD FLORIDA BASH !!
SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH 5p.m. till closing !!!

Charlie Carlson Makes Movie

Feb 13, 2013
Photo by: Tracy Robinson

Florida’s Master of the Weird, Charlie Carlson busy on the set of ‘ASHLEY’S SHADOW” a film based on his novel by the same name.  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.

Highlights from Weird Florida Event

Feb 13, 2013

(Theme from Twilight Zone echoes in your head while you read this…)

Picture if you will…

A television studio transformed into a circus sideshow.

A woman eats fire and throws knives at a human target.

A skunk ape lurks in the shadows.

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