About Us

Laura Finaldi, Elizabeth Djinis and Brian Ries host the Herald-Tribune’s “Inside MTV’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 (go back to episode 2), we’ll fill you in. 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.

Elizabeth Djinis, a staff writer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, grew up with some of the people you’ll see on the show. She’s not blonde.

Laura Finaldi, a staff writer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, has a lovely singing voice and is also not blonde. She’s also new to the area, so she isn’t as jaded to the beauty of the Siesta Key as the other two.