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Cherokee natives have new TV series

Friday, December 7, 2012

'My Flipp'n Brother' to air on A&E

"My Flipp'n Brother,'" a new series on A & E television, follows the crazy antics of home renovators, flippers, and brothers Randy and Ronnie Florke.

Former Cherokeans, left to right, Ronnie Florke, Randy Florke, and Jesse Escue, are featured in a new TV show, "My Flipp'n Brother" on the A&E Network. Photo contributed
In each episode, Randy (the brains), Ronnie (the brawn) and their friend, interior designer Jesse Escue (the referee), attempt to purchase, renovate, and sell homes in upstate New York.

Will drama between these very different personalities destroy makeover plans? Or can they laugh off their struggles, finish the job and turn a profit?

All three of the principals in the new series were born in Cherokee.

Randy Florke, the son of Donald Florke and Karen Salmen, attended grade school in Cherokee and middle school in Storm Lake, then returned to Cherokee for high school, graduating from Washington High School.

He headed east a short time later, was employed for several years as a model, and has since become a respected stylist, designer and renovator whose innovative sense of style can be found in the pages of "Country Living" and as a regular media contributor with appearances on the Today Show and features in "Metropolitan Home."

Ronnie graduated from Storm Lake High School, and joined his brother, who had moved to New York in 1981, in the year 2000, when the demand increased for construction work.

Jesse Escue, who graduated from the former Willow High School in Quimby in 1984, is the son of Marcia and local auctioneer Frank Escue, who still maintains an office in downtown Cherokee. Jesse graduated from Iowa State with a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture in 1988 and started working for Randy in 1994, when Randy had an antique store in Greenwich Village in New York City. He then started in real estate, and moved to Sullivan County in upstate New York several years later.

"My Flippin' Brother" debuts on the A&E television network on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 12 noon CST. Check your local listings for A&E channel information.

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