About Us

Elizabeth Djinis, Brian Ries and Wade Tatangelo host the Herald-Tribune’s “Inside MTV’s ‘Siesta Key'” podcast. [Herald-Tribune staff photo / Mike Lang]
Some of us grew up on reality television. Some of us grew up on MTV (back when “Yo! MTV Raps!” was a thing). But we all know Siesta Key inside and out. We live here. We grew up here. And, we’re reporters.

That’s why we started the “Inside MTV’s ‘Siesta Key'” podcast.

You’ll undoubtedly be able to find all the snarky comments and biting criticism of MTV’s newest reality show all over the internet, but we have inside knowledge of the places, the people and the scene where “Siesta Key” takes place.

If you want to know more about MTV’s ‘Siesta Key’ than just who’s sleeping with whom,  who got drunk and did something stupid, or why two of the cast posed in bikinis while covered in blood (wait for episode 2), we’ll fill you in. Listen to episode 1, subscribe on iTunes (or your favorite podcast app) and keep checking back here for the latest.

Meet the (pod)cast:

Brian Ries, digital editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, has spent 35 years living near Siesta Key, and even lived in the heart of the beach bar scene when he was in his 20s.

Wade Tatangelo is the entertainment editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and has written about bars, bands and the beach for decades.

Elizabeth Djinis, a staff writer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, grew up with some of the people you’ll see on the show (which also means she’s not a middle-aged guy like the other two). She’s also the nice one, kind of.