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Mark "Tiki" Woods

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Mark Woods, aka TikiTender, is a DJ radio personality on our station. He is also a bartender, owns a business called Fun Coast Bartending and is a social media specialist. DJ Tiki's outgoing personality, his knowledge and love for beach music, especially, reggae, ska & calypso, is what landed him his role as a DJ personality at Surf 1700.

Tiki's love for beach music doesn't just start and end with Surf 1700 AM. It actually began with him being a regular guest on the Island Time Radio Show based out of Berea, OH. Island Time Radio is a trop-rock music program that streams worldwide via the internet. Tiki makes regular contributions via phone from the deck of the Golden Lion Cafe (his bartending home since 2005) in Flagler Beach or whenever he is out and about near the beach as he spends half his life beach side right beside the Atlantic Ocean. In his segments Tiki talks music, cocktails, and Flagler Beach news.

In regards to his social networking skills, if you find a new and exciting social network, chances are  Tiki is already there.  Terminally connected, Mark keeps several restaurants, musicians, and even the city of Flagler Beach on the minds of people in Florida and beyond via Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook, website development, and more. He is constantly at his craft and markets our station as well reaching out to people in Flkagler Beach and connects people around the globe to our lil' station here on the pier.

The story of Tiki's journey from Juvenile Corrections Officer to being a radio personality/ DJ to being named Florida's Favorite Bartender 3 times running could have been plucked out of a Jimmy Buffett song.   While working at a juvenile detention center in his home state of Missouri, Mark decided a few weeks in the sun would do him some good.  According to legend, he came to Flagler Beach, Florida on vacation and never went back.   When asked about this story, Mark just grins and says “Something like that.”  Truth or legend, Tiki found his home in the little town next to the Atlantic. Since landing here in February of 1996 Mark has worked at golf resorts, a golf vacation company, and bars.  He claims to feel like he has been on vacation for 15 years. Anyone who has encountered his fun-loving personality and easy charm would agree.   It was while working in a poolside tiki bar that Mark received his nickname.  TikiTender has since become known nationwide .  He has appeared in several local newspaper articles, regional entertainment magazines, and local radio shows.  Most notably, he was featured in a Daytona News-Journal article about twitter alongside Oprah Winfrey and President Obama.  In the past few years, Tiki's reach has been extended well outside of Flagler County.  He has appeared in columns in the Omaha World Herald.

If you meet Tiki in person you will likely have the time of your life.  Besides that, you will probably be envious of his really cool tropical shirts. Of the many benefits of his online presence, by far one of his favorites is having a clothing sponsor.  That's right, a bartender with a clothing deal.  Tiki is the official bartender of Mad Gringo Clothing, based in Omaha, Nebraska.   It all started with a stranger walking up to his bar and saying “Aren't you that TikiTender guy from Myspace?”

Tiki is no stranger to music. As a pup, he was a classically trained tenor.  His first public performance was as a 4 year old in his grandmother's church.  He went on to honors in music theater, vocals, and as a trombone player.   His vocal chops earned him the opportunity to begin college on a vocal performance scholarship at Baker University in Kansas.   But, as he puts it, “that was many late nights and cigarettes ago.”  Stage presence is stage presence, though.  You will still find Tiki spreading good times from the karaoke stage at local clubs.  He is very involved with the local music scene, to the point of launching a now defunct music showcase website, UDiscoverMe.com.  “Even though the site folded, I learned a lot about music promotions”, he said when asked about the site.

“I'm very excited to be part of the team at Surf 1700 AM,” says Tiki.  “I am approached on a daily basis by people wanting me to help promote this or that.  I can't wait to be part of this radio station's success.”

Find out more about the “Purveyor of Good Times” find him also on his official websites at www.tikitender.com and www.funcoastbartending.com

Donate to Surf 97.3 FM

SURF 97.3 Fm is a true community radio station, locally operated by volunteers from the Flagler Beach community. Local people create programming, design events, and keep the station up and running and on the air. All this programming is made possible thanks to the hard work of many dedicated volunteers and generous donations from people like you. Licensing, equipment, utilities, repairs... the costs will keep going up, year after year, but thanks to your support, SURF 97.3 will remain a vibrant voice in Flagler Beach and worldwide through our online stream.

We need your assistance to keep bringing The Sound of the Surf to your ears. So why not make a donation to show your continued support of Flagler Beach's only truly local community radio station? It's easy to do! With PayPal you can make a direct donation using your own PayPal account or your credit card. You can also become a monthly sustainer. Or consider becoming an underwriter for your business or organization; and in turn gain business exposure as a "thank you" message aired on SURF 97.3 FM. You not only get great exposure while you support your local radio station, you also become an integral part of the fight for a more diverse and open media that promotes the public interest and strengthens our community.

To find out how you can become an underwriter and support Surf Radio our email address is flaglerbeachradio@gmail.com. To donate via PayPal or using a credit card, simply click on the BLACK RADIO - DONATE to SURF 97.3 FM picture above. If you would like to donate even the old fashioned way, checks may be sent and made payable to SURF 97.3 FM, PO Box 1226 Flagler Beach, FL 32136.

No matter how you contribute, every dollar helps keep SURF 97.3 FM alive and riding the waves! Thank you and as always... Surfs Up!

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