Here’s What We Know, So Far

As we write this, we’re doing our best to get what news we can about the aftermath of Hurricane Michael and its impact on our extended family and friends.  Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is still closed, so we’re not sure if we’ll be able to fly into Panama City Beach this weekend or not.

A police officer tells us that the 3 story pine tree in our front yard is down but it fell AWAY from our house, not on it. The tree is resting on the power lines. No one has gotten close enough to thoroughly check our house but, the roof and windows appeared to be intact. No power & no water.

Johnnie’s Dad’s condo across the street from the beach has miraculously come thru without damage. He didn’t even lose power! Johnnie finally spoke to him today and he is fine. He stayed in Panama City Beach, but inland with friends who have a generator. That’s all we know at this point.

Sat. we will decide if we are able to fly down Sun. morning. We’ve had our tickets for months and were originally ticketed for last Sun, the 7th, but we re-booked because it was so hot! When we re-booked there was no talk of a storm. Talk about timing!

Our little corners of the gulf appear to have fared far better than many.

As stressed as we’ve been the past couple days just watching this horrible, historic event devastate the panhandle, our stress is nothing compared to people in areas east of Panama City Beach like Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe, Callaway, Panama City and others who found themselves getting a much more direct hit from Michael.  Our prayers are with them.

Thank you, so much, for your concern.  Your prayers were and are appreciated!

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14 Responses to Here’s What We Know, So Far

  1. Verna gembeck says:

    Very happy that you’re ok and your dad is doing well take care thank you for the updates.

  2. CCraig says:

    Thinking of you and your family.
    Thank you for this update.

  3. Sharron Klopp says:

    Glad to hear that Johnnie’s dad, Johnnie and you are alright. Prayers for you when you go out there and have to get through a mess as well as when you help your family and friends. God bless you.

  4. Joan M Stockhoff says:

    Steve and Johnnie:
    I cannot even begin to imagine the long hours of tension and worry that you both have gone through in the last couple of days. I am very grateful to God that I have lived up here all my life, this area is much safer place to live.

    I sat with my eyes just glued to the TV watching what was happening down there, hoping and praying that your family, friends and neighbors were safe through and that famous yellow house of yours and I kept that it was safe too.

    I do hope that you can get down there to see what has happened for yourselves. Just know that you and your friends and family are still in my prayers and I hope that your other part of the world begins to return to normal.

    Once you get down there if you have a chance, please keep us posted on how things are down there.

    Again, you both are in my prayers,
    Joanmarie in Downers Grove

  5. Sharon Stevenson says:

    Prayers for all.

  6. Cathy Bautz says:

    You beautiful people have been on my mind, constantly, since I heard about ‘Michael”, and SO HAPPY to hear that all of our prayers have been answered. I will continue to pray for you, and SO hope there is no serious damage to your home!

  7. gardengirl39 says:

    so glad to hear that Johnnie’s dad is ok and that your home is also. Praying for all those who’ve lost so much.

  8. Cathie Kukec says:

    So glad to hear Johnnie’s dad is alright and that your home seems intact. My heart brakes for those in Mexico Beach and points eastward. Couldn’t believe the photo of the airport under water!

  9. Renee Hughart says:

    THANK YOU for this update. We have been wondering about your little house & Johnnie’s dad. Hope you are able to get there soon. I know Dad will be happy to have you there. Thank God he is safe.

  10. Reenie Prine says:

    So good to hear your Dad is ok and did not lose anything. I know you are very anxious to get there and see for yourself. Lessons I learned from Irma, the quicker you set up an appointment with an adjuster from your Insurance Company, the better. Unless you will go up on the roof yourself, it is a good idea to call a roofer to check it out, sooner rather than later. There are also companies who send out drones to take pictures. A roofer can accompany the adjuster up on the roof and can see and point out any potential problems which saves having to call adjuster and roofer back since you will be in line with a lot of other people. Even if neighbors say they cannot see damage, better to be sure. I know you may already have a handle on this, but I thought I would make a suggestion or two since if I had known these things when Irma came through Naples, I may not still be waiting for work to begin on my roof. Things get a little crazy after a hurricane. Stay safe and still praying for all affected.

  11. D'Ann Hamilton-White says:

    Glad you guys and your Dad are safe, and no major damage to your homes. Appreciate the updates. When you get back to Florida, please keep us posted about what’s happening, when you have time. Bless you.

  12. Carol Richter Danielewicz says:

    Just found you guys again. I thought about you both when they announced the hurricane was headed in your direction. In fact; I wasn’t even aware you dad lived down there. I am so happy that you all are safe. Mother Nature is a wicked B**** sometimes. Do you have a show on some other station? I retired to Wis & next thing I heard you were gone. I was shocked! What is wrong with WGN? They broke a lot of hearts when you left, I’m sure. You are sorely missed. God bless & good luck in PCB.

    • Hi Carol! Glad you found us. Although we no longer face the demands of a daily radio show schedule, we still maintain our residence as part of the WGN Radio family with occasional “drive-by” shows and guest appearances. We’ll be back on Thanksgiving from Noon-3PM and we’ll be doing our annual New Year’s Eve show. We also consult and do occasional appearances on WKGC, in Panama City, Fl. Assuming the airport is open and we can fly down, we’re scheduled to co-host our 2nd annual Halloween special and mid-term election coverage with them. You can always find our where we’ll be by checking our Events page ( As we often say, this is the “someday” part of our life and we’re doing all those things we said we’d do someday, like writing books, recording and doing radio or tv when the planets align and the mood strikes.

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