St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman to hit Margaritaville radio waves

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St. Pete may not be the official Margaritaville, but Mayor Rick Kriseman will be bringing a cheeseburger in paradise to XM radio listeners later this month.

When programmers from XM channel 24 asked Kriseman to be a guest host, the answer was absolutely yes.

“I am excited to be a guest DJ on SiriusXM Radio Margaritaville,” Kriseman wrote in a statement. “I’ve been a Jimmy Buffett fan for a long time, and this is a special opportunity to play some great songs. I hope everybody tunes in.”

According to the mayor’s communications director, Kriseman has already recorded a segment introducing various Buffett tunes.

Kriseman chose songs he felt had special meaning to him and the burg.

Just a little sneak peak, one of them was handpicked from Buffett’s 2010 benefit concert in Alabama when he raised money and tried to woo tourists to the Gulf Coast despite tar balls popping up on beaches as a result of the BP oil spill.

Expect Kriseman to give a Buffett-fan intro to each of the songs for a little less than a half hour.

The radio spot will air August 13 at 11pm, August 15 at 9am, August 17 at 11pm, and August 18 at 9pm. For those who don’t rock the subscription-based XM, his segment will also stream for free at

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email