Senior Director of Sponsorships and Events
Europa will be performing both days of ARToberFEST from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm on the main stage. Since 1994, the band has built a loyal following that continues to grow. In fact, the band has headlined ARToberFEST for 3 years.
Jimmy Bubaloni, often referred to as “Jimmy B” is opening for Europa. An experienced accordionist and entertainer, he will be performing his unique German sound. Jimmy B has entertained guests at MGM/ Disney Studios for 6 years and still occasionally plays there. He will be performing from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm on both days of the festival.
ARToberFEST is an Oktoberfest-themed event featuring German cuisine, beer, local vendors, and entertainment, and showcases the work of award-winning artists, from the community and throughout the country. ARToberFEST is produced by the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce and the City of Winter Springs. For more information about ARToberFEST please visit wsfota.org.
The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit business membership association. With corporate offices located at 376 N. Central Ave., near downtown Oviedo, the purpose of the chamber is to serve as an advocate for business and civic interests within our communities. For more information on the Chamber, please visit www.oviedowintersprings.org.
The group “Europa” from Orlando, FL has been entertaining audiences since Feb of 1994 in Florida and around the country. Their largest venue they perform at annually is at the City of Orange, California’s International Street Fair that has average attendance of 700,000 people over 3 days. They have performed 18 years in a row and built a wonderful fan base that comes out to see them every year. Europa’s diversity and awesome professional sound is what keeps many clients calling them back year after year! Listen to the samples of songs posted from their recordings and you’ll hear a fresh new approach to German and other International standards that the group is know and loved for.
Find out more about Europa and listen to samples of their music at www.theeuropaband.com/
Affectionately known as ”Jimmy B” to his many friends and associates, Jimmy is a professional accordionist / entertainer and has been for many years. Jimmy performs as a soloist and also has a band of up to 5 musicians. You can find him performing at conventions or restaurants, or at any special occasion. He has a genuine love for the accordion and often gives of his talent to help promote the instrument. Jimmy performed at MGM/Disney studios for 6 years and still plays there on occasion. His repertoire includes Italian, French, Irish, German, Dixieland, smooth Jazz and Continental selections. http://www.accordions.com/jimmyb/
Meet and Greet your Emcees
Arnie Lee Nussbaum
House Emcee-Arnie is the house M/C for the Oviedo Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce. Arnie is also an M/C for the City of Winter Springs Florida and has hosted countless cultural & charity events all over Central Florida. Whether it’s calling a parade, or a radio, website or TV voice over Arnie has one of the better known voices in Central Florida.
Brian Morgan Kirkland
One of Florida’s premiere air talents and hosts, Brian has been entertaining Central Floridians for more than 30 years as Brian Morgan on the radio, TV and at live events and now as host of My Hometown, weekdays from 3-5pm on 1520 WBZW in Altamonte Springs. Brian taught radio production and programming at UCF, currently runs three Internet radio stations and helps parks, cities and corporations make more money with his company Big Bark Communications in Oviedo. bigbarkcommunications.com.
Allison Walker Torres
Allison is Spectrum Networks News 13’s entertainment reporter & Anchor. Allison interviews some of the biggest celebrities in music, TV and movies. If it’s happening around Central Florida, count on Allison to cover the latest in entertainment and celebrity news, with special coverage only for Spectrum Networks News 13 customers. Allison’s new program In Focus is a 30 minutes public affairs program. The show features a roundtable of newsmakers representing a range of perspectives, including local officials and expert analysts as they tackle topical issues of importance to Floridians. In Focus airs Sundays at 11:30 am and 8:30PM after Political Connections. We welcome the 3 time Emmy award winning Entertainment Reporter & Anchor from Spectrum Networks News 13!
Erik von Ancken
Erik von Ancken is a two-time Emmy Award winning television news anchor at Local 6 (CBS), a proud dad, and a Winter Springs resident!
Erik joined the Local 6 News Team in 2003 days after the tragic loss of space shuttle Columbia. Since then he has covered almost every shuttle launch at Kennedy Space Center, including the Return to Flight mission of Shuttle Discovery in 2005 and the final Space Shuttle launch and landing in 2011. He’s weathered the brush fires, hurricanes and tornadoes of Central Florida and Erik has covered countless national stories including President George W. Bush’s visit to Sarasota for what was supposed to be a routine trip on Sept. 11, 2001.
Erik grew up in Scarsdale, N.Y. and graduated from the State University of New York’s Binghamton University. He holds a degree in economics and a minor in Spanish.
He got his start in journalism with an internship at CBS affiliate WBNG-TV in his college town. At WMBC-TV in New Jersey Erik covered the metro New York City area. There he learned to shoot, edit, report, produce, anchor – you name it. Erik also reported and anchored at ABC affiliate WWSB-TV in Sarasota.
Erik’s reporting and anchoring has earned him more than a dozen prestigious awards, recognizing him as one of the best and most trusted journalists in the southeastern United States. He has been honored with Emmys for both his anchoring and reporting along with several nominations for his storytelling and investigative work.
You can catch Erik anchoring at 6 p.m and 11 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Drop Erik a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. & Miss UCF
Madison Daniel & Angelo Baldado
Angelo is in his second year at the University of Central Florida studying for a Social Work degree, with a Theatre Minor. He currently is involved with UCF Athletics on the Spirit Team, a Student Orientation Coordinator in the First Year Experience Office, the Volunteer UCF Student Director, and Mr. UCF 2017. He hopes to volunteer with the Peace Corps after he graduates, and to pursue a Masters in Social Work when he comes back.He enjoys to read, dance, volunteer, and to spend time with his family and friends on his free time. He is looking forward to being a part of the BBQ Blowout, and is excited for all the festivities!
Skid has been heard on Central Florida airwaves since 2003. For nine years Skid was a member of the WWKA morning show. Skid started his career in broadcasting doing mornings at WCOL in Columbus, Ohio. In 2012, Skid moved to Washington DC to produce and co-host the nationally heard â€œBoxer Showâ€ on WMZQ.
When not on the air, Skid can be found acting in Community Theater, Film & Commercials and at Universal Studios. Skid enjoys spring training baseball, the theme parks, bad horror movies and the beach. He also loves watching (and complaining about) the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns.
Skid loves the Central Florida community and has helped out many different charities such as Toys for Tots, The Ronald McDonald House and Second Harvest. He is so happy to be re-connecting with Central Florida at 103.1 The Wolf.
Jenn was a Collegiate volleyball athlete who intended on majoring in Psychology, Criminal Justice, Elementary Ed, and General Studies. She then decided to focus on one major, gave Communications a try, and the light bulb went off in her head. Jenn began her broadcasting career at The Wolf in Orlando, and has worked at several stations in Orlando including WOMX, WOCL, and WQMP. She has a fish named Fishgerald, a dog named Stich, and two children. Girls. The drama. Now she adds juggling a morning show to her crazy life with one of her best friends. That friend? First name – Murph. Last name – Dawg.
Randy Perry is an active member of the Oviedo-Winter Springs Chamber, serving on the Arts Fest Committee, the Taste of Oviedo Committee, the Economic Development/Government Affairs Committee, and regularly participates in the Real Estate Connection, the Let’s Connect, Winter Springs Business and Oviedo Business alliance groups. Randy grew up in the Central Florida area and graduated from Florida State University. He is a REALTOR with Metro Realty Group in Winter Springs.