Weird Florida

Ginger Photography Inc. / Locust Projects

A group of Florida teens is embracing their inner "Florida Man" with an art exhibition at Miami's Locust Projects which, every summer for the last six years, has handed its gallery over to high-schoolers for the Locust Arts Builders program.

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.

Click here to watch this weird video >>

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.

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.

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