Weird Florida

What Makes Florida So Weird?

Jun 10, 2013

Orlando Sentinel interviews Charlie about what makes Florida so weird.

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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

The Master of the Weird and his canine companion hit the road in search of more wild, wacky and weird adventures all over the Sunshine State. They travel over 1500 miles in search of unusual people and       places . . . and find Florida’s best-kept secrets and oddest legends!  "Weird Florida: On the Road Again", tonight at 8 pm on WLRN Channel 17!

A WLRN Original Production!

Big Weird Florida Bash !

Feb 25, 2013
Photo by Gary Lester

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

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.

Photo: Gary Lester

01/09/13 - Wednesday's  Topical Currents features Florida raconteur Charlie Carlson and his “curious canine,” Lady Isabel, his adopted full-bred boxer.  They’re the focus of a WLRN-TV documentary, “WEIRD FLORIDA:  ON THE ROAD AGAIN.”  They travel over 1500 miles across the Sunshine State in search of unusual people and places . . . and find Florida’s best-kept secrets and oddest legends. 

The official Weird Florida: On the Road Again trailer:

Weird Florida Quiz: Watch, Answer, And Get A Free Book!

Jan 9, 2013
Daniel Rivero


If you live here, you know: Florida is weird. 

It’s so weird, we sort of take it for granted.

Which is part of why WLRN is proud to present Weird Florida: On The Road Again. This latest hour-long documentary is the follow-up to the tremendous success of the first television special Weird Florida: Roads Less Traveled, which has aired on PBS stations from Miami, Fla. to Juneau, Alaska. 

Update 8 a.m. Sunday, December 23: "Weird Florida" On Page One

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel featured WLRN's latest documentary, "Weird Florida," on its Sunday front page story on December 23. Reporter Johnny Diaz interviewed WLRN's own Mia Lorenzo:

WLRN producer Mia Laurenzo says she wanted to take viewers on a TV tour of seldom-seen attractions.

"I like it when viewers say, 'Wow, I really didn't know that' — especially people who live here,'' says Laurenzo, who traveled with Carlson, the dog and a cameraman for several weeks beginning in May.

Give us your HONK if you’re WEIRD photos

Jun 26, 2012

Have you seen our Weird Florida crew on the road? If they gave you one of these stickers we want to see you pictures! And if you don’t have one, send us an email to mia(at)wlrn(dot)org, and we will get one to you in a hurry!

Because us weird people need to give fair warning to those around us. It’s only common courtesy.

All of the Coral stone structures on Boca Chita Key were built by Mark Honeywell, the wealthy industrialist who founded the Honeywell Corporation.

Carl Fisher, a wealthy entrepreneur, was often invited to social gatherings hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Honeywell on the island. Fisher would bring along his famous pet elephant, Rosy, also attended the party on one occasion. Rosy gained national fame for serving as President Herbert Hoover’s golf caddy when he came to Miami.

Weird Florida: Day 9 Wrap-Up

May 30, 2012

Just when our bodies are aching, our patience is low and the weather is hot and steamy, we have our best day yet.  If you’ve never been to Sarasota’s Circus Museum on the Ringling Estate, I have to say GO!  It was AWESOME!! Its an interactive museum and houses the biggest littlest circus built by Howard Tibbals. This model is a replica of Ringling Bros.

Weird Florida: Day 8 Wrap-Up

May 29, 2012

I’ve got to say with the weather the way it was, I was very skeptical about filming anything today.  We caught up with Weird Florida’s favorite Cryptozoologist, Scott Marlowe in Frostproof to talk about a monsterous serpent that killed a man in Lake Clinch back in the 1920′s.  Then we were supposed to head to the Green Swamp just outside of Lakeland to talk about an ax murder, but the gate was locked.  So then things got real interesting when we met with a wonderful Vietnamese man who has built this shrine to his parents and his homeland.  We just happened to stop by when we could see this

Weird Florida: Day 7 Wrap-Up

May 29, 2012

The Weird Florida team rolled into the quaint town of Lake Placid, a city known for its beautiful murals, unique trash receptacles and clown school.  We visited Toby’s Clown Foundation to catch a glimpse of the magic that clowning around can bring to people of all ages.  Then we drove through the city looking at all the majestic art that adorns the buildings in downtown Lake Placid.  It’s definitely a sight to see.