Weird Florida

Storytelling
6:37 am
Fri March 14, 2014

This Floridian Life: Ira Glass On Our Weird Stories

Ira Glass, host of This American Life, says Florida is one of the best places there is to tell stories -- and also, very 'F'd up'.
Credit 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?

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Weird Florida
3:39 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Florida Flops Are Big Winners On Late-Night TV

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.

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Weird Florida
3:28 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

What Makes Florida So Weird?

Charlie Carlson with the head of a mummy compliments of Ripleys's Believe It or Not!

Orlando Sentinel interviews Charlie about what makes Florida so weird.

Click here to watch this weird video >>

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Improbable Tales of the Real Florida

Jeff Klinkenberg
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. 

Weird Florida
5:58 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Lake Placid Celebration

Lake Placid Unique Trash Can

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.

TV Stories
5:46 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Big Weird Florida Bash

Ashley's Restaurant
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. 

Aired 2/27/13 on WLRN Channel 17
8:42 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Weird Florida: On the Road Again

Weird Florida
4:56 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Big Weird Florida Bash !

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 !!!

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Feature Film
3:24 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Charlie Carlson Makes Movie

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.

Weird Florida
11:18 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Highlights from Weird Florida Event

The Great Cindini

(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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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

WLRN-TV’s Documentary, “Weird Florida: On The Road Again”

Charlie Carlson and Lady Isabel.
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:

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Weird Florida
12:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

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

Answer the quiz below and you just might get a copy of this very unique book. You have to watch the show to answer, of course!
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. 

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Documentary
11:46 am
Fri December 21, 2012

A New WLRN Documentary "Weird Florida: On The Road Again"

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.

The Hollywood resident got the idea for the documentaries after spotting Carlson's 2005 book, "Weird Florida: Your Travel Guide to Florida's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets." Taking a cue from the classic series "Ripley's Believe It or Not!," the WLRN show also has segments on creepy legends such as a lake monster in the city of Frostproof and a "skunk-ape" north of Lakeland.

"It's not your typical PBS travel show which tells you about the types of food, the culture, the area and [has] these beautiful sweeping aerial pans,'' Laurenzo says. "'Weird Florida' is campy. We take a look at these roadside attractions."

Posted at 11:46 a.m. Friday, December 21:

WLRN takes viewers on a trip through Florida in search of weird places and whacky people, with its new documentary Weird Florida: On the Road Again !  This exciting new documentary was produced due to the tremendous success of the first television special Weird Florida: Roads Less Traveled, which has aired on PBS stations from Miami, Florida to Juneau, Alaska.  To fulfill the desires of weird fans everywhere, the bizarre journey to Florida’s zaniest places will continue in this all new Weird Florida: On the Road Again.

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Television
10:00 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Give us your HONK if you’re WEIRD photos

Weird Florida producer Mia Laurenzo showing off her goodies

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.

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Television
3:00 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Weird Florida Visits Boca Chita Key and Finds.. Weird Stuff

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.

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