The Fuzzy Mic

Kevin Kline

After retiring from a 30-year, major market morning radio career, I'm often asked what I miss the most about the job. I miss 3 C's...camaraderie, creativity but most of all, conversation.

The Fuzzy Mic is built around creativity and conversation to develop camaraderie. The 4 focus areas are: Mental Health, True Crime, Music and Sports.

So, while The Fuzzy Mic allows me to fill some professional voids, it's my sincere hope that maybe you'll find something personally fulfilling in it too.

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Episodes

A Raw Glimpse Into Conquering Personal Demons
2d ago
A Raw Glimpse Into Conquering Personal Demons
Battling inner demons is an all too familiar narrative, but when David Shamszad peels back the layers of his struggle with bipolar disorder and addiction, it takes on a profound resonance. His raw and honest recount of hitting rock bottom and clawing his way back into the light offers not just a story but a lifeline. As we navigate the often misunderstood nuances of mental health with David, you'll be touched by his vulnerability and emboldened by his message of hope. This episode is a testament to the transformative power of recovery and the indomitable human spirit.From the grips of a suffocating depression to the dizzying heights of manic success, David's journey underscores the importance of therapy and medication in managing mental health conditions. His intimate discussion about self-medication and societal stigmas reveals just how hard it can be to seek help—and how crucial it is. The candid conversation further delves into his personal battle with alcoholism, the escalation of substance abuse, and its profound effects on personal relationships. It's a stark reminder of the internal turmoil that fuels the cycle of addiction and the undeniable impact it has on both the individual and those they hold dear.As David's narrative unfolds, his path from self-destruction to a fulfilling life of purpose emerges as an inspiring blueprint for change. His commitment to sobriety, coupled with the unwavering support of his partner, paves the way for professional success and personal growth as a father, partner, and entrepreneur. This is more than just an episode; it's an emotional expedition through pain, redemption, and the enduring belief in second chances. David's upcoming book, "Coming Up for Air," encapsulates this entire journey, promising to be a beacon for anyone seeking to navigate their own path to wellness.
Florida's Wildest Crimes: Vampires, Gators, and the Unthinkable
Feb 20 2024
Florida's Wildest Crimes: Vampires, Gators, and the Unthinkable
As we peel back the curtain on Florida's most bizarre crime stories, veteran journalist Frank Stanfield joins us to unravel the peculiar, the haunting, and the downright jaw-dropping from his book, "Vampires, Gators, and Wackos." Imagine the most outlandish cases possible—now multiply that by the Sunshine State's penchant for the extraordinary. Frank's expertise leads us through the dark alleys of crime reporting, sharing the stories that have both captivated and shocked the nation, including his chilling recount of the vampire cult murders.But our journey with Frank isn't just about human misdeeds; it's a wild airboat ride into the heart of Florida's untamed wilderness. Here, alligators and invasive pythons aren't just part of the landscape—they're central characters in tales of nature's ferocity and the challenges of environmental conservation. Frank's vivid storytelling doesn't shy away from the harsh realities faced by those who encounter these creatures, both in their natural habitat and in the legal wilds of courtrooms.Finally, we anchor our discussion in the very human element behind every headline. We reflect on the resilience shown by humans in the face of natural disasters and the complex web of accountability and forgiveness that unfolds after tragedy strikes. As Frank bids a heartfelt farewell, we're reminded of the enduring power of family and community support, a theme that resonates deeply with all of us who've tuned in to the Fuzzy Mic for tales that are as true as they are unforgettable. Join us as we explore these compelling stories, where the bizarre becomes the norm and where each narrative invites us to look beyond the surface.
Tales of Morning Radio Glory and Life's Unscripted Moments
Feb 13 2024
Tales of Morning Radio Glory and Life's Unscripted Moments
When Tim Tuttle and I sit down with mics between us, it's more than just a catch-up between old radio comrades—it's a journey through the heart of morning radio's heyday. Imagine peering into a world where every conversation sparked with creativity and each day was a performance that kept listeners riveted. Our latest episode captures that essence, from the laughter-filled recollections of our very first show in '96 to the heartfelt discussions about the transformative power of letting go and personal growth. We're bringing the backstage to your speakers, sharing tales of our years together in radio. The Super Bowl week in Las Vegas looms large in our chat, as we tie in family stories highlighting the thrills and perils of risk-taking. And don't think we've forgotten about the celebrities—we're spilling details from our run-ins with Taylor Swift and the resilience of Toby Keith, to the unexpected charm in a game of golf with Charles Barkley.But it's not all about the past; we're also looking forward. In a heartfelt exploration of life's deeper rhythms, we discuss the liberating art of meditation and the complexities of forgiveness. This episode isn't just a nostalgia trip—it's an affirmation of the constant evolution of life and career, underscored by our shared laughter and the timeless wisdom we've picked up along the airwaves. So, if you're ready to be entertained and perhaps even find a nugget of wisdom to carry into your own life, our reunion episode is the place to tune in.
Beyond the Mic with Joe Martinez, Voice of the Octagon
Feb 6 2024
Beyond the Mic with Joe Martinez, Voice of the Octagon
Imagine stepping into the electrifying world of UFC and boxing, guided by the resonant tones of Joe Martinez, whose announcing prowess is as legendary as the fighters he introduces. Our latest episode takes you beyond the spotlight, into the heart of a man whose life is a tapestry of high-octane adventure, deep spiritual conviction, and raw human emotion. Through his stories, we traverse the rugged terrains of off-roading camaraderie, grapple with the intense pressures of the combat sports arena, and confront the internal adversaries of anxiety and impostor syndrome.With Joe at the microphone, we navigate the philosophical corridors of life's greatest mysteries and tragedies, exploring views on death, faith, and the imperfect human condition. He opens up about the delicate balance of humility and confidence, the role of divine guidance, and the impact of maintaining a steadfast relationship with God. Joe's candid reflections on his ministry work underscore the profound difference we can make through simple acts of kindness, offering listeners a moment of introspection on the threads of compassion that connect us all.Closing out with a behind-the-scenes look at the craft of ring announcing, Joe discusses the fine art of elevating fighters' stories without overshadowing the spectacle itself. His anecdotes about the sport's personalities, the quest for authenticity in the public eye, and the universal life lessons learned in and out of the ring, paint a vivid picture of the unique intersection between personal identity, professional passion, and overarching purpose. Join us as we celebrate the voice that commands the roar of the crowd and the whisper of the soul in one unforgettable conversation with Joe Martinez.
Grilling Dahmer: Unraveling the Psyche of the Milwaukee Cannibal with Author, Robyn Maharaj
Dec 19 2023
Grilling Dahmer: Unraveling the Psyche of the Milwaukee Cannibal with Author, Robyn Maharaj
I still remember a misadventure from my high school days that echoes the thin line between mischief and the darker paths of crime. Join us as we embark on an exploration of the human psyche and the shadows of crime, weaving my personal escapades with the chilling narrative of Jeffrey Dahmer. My guest, true crime author Robyn Maharaj, shares insights from her book "Grilling Dahmer" based on Detective Pat Kennedy's notes, as we dissect the motivations and police oversights that allowed the Milwaukee Cannibal's reign of terror.Venturing through the haunting corridors of Dahmer's quest for companionship, we unravel the profound connection between him and Detective Kennedy. Robyn's expertise and the poignant stories from "Grilling Dahmer" cast light on Kennedy's empathetic interrogation techniques that uncovered the gruesome reality of the Dahmer case.Closing the chapter on this episode, we contemplate the enigmatic end to Dahmer's life behind bars and the rare glimmer of understanding in his interactions with his birth mother. Through the lens of Maharaj's compelling narrative and the legacy of Kennedy's work, we gain a rare glimpse into one of the most harrowing criminal investigations of our time. This thought-provoking conversation promises to engage and enlighten, offering a sobering reminder of the long-lasting effects of crime and tragedy on individuals and society at large.