Hi, I'm Mandy James. I'm a proverbial Midwestern girl that was born and raised in Minnesota don't chya know, but thanks to radio, I now call Illinois home. I fell in love with radio at a very young age; my career actually began when I was just 5 years old. I would walk around my grandma's house, pretending to be a DJ while interviewing people with her curling iron. Shortly after I turned 6, I decided to take a 24-year hiatus to get my act together and finally landed my first real job in radio as a polka DJ when I was 30. After spinning records and reading farm news for 5 years, I finally ended up here, in Rockford, where I enjoy doing things such as taking long naps on the couch, eating carbs and watching Netflix. Sometimes I like to do all three at the same time. I also love waking up with you every weekday morning on the Steve Shannon Show from 5:30 to 10 a.m. Thank you for making me part of your day.
Rockford’s Yolo’s Sweets is in Need of a Christmas Miracle, Can You Help?
Sadly, another small business has closed it doors; but they're not ready to give up just yet.
Illinois Pastor May Be in Possession Of the Real-Life Santa’s Remains
A reverend who lives outside of Chicago claims that he owns a piece of Santa that allowed him to sit with kids, jump up chimneys and run with reindeer.
This Lively Labrador is Patiently Waiting for Santa to Find Her a Forever Home
All our pet of the week wants for Christmas is a furever home.
Starbucks Wins the Holiday Season with Their Christmas Tree Frappuccino
Ho, Ho, holy reindeer, you only have five days to try the Starbucks Christmas Tree Frappuccino; here's what's in it.
6 Ugly Christmas Sweaters That Only People in Rockford Would Wear
Ugly Christmas sweaters so unique that you can't buy them from Amazon, Etsy, or Target.
Rockford Bantamweight Nearly Blown Away in Yesterday’s Winds
If it wasn't for this yield sign, this poor Rock River Disposal driver would've blown away.
Wisconsin Moves Forward With Plans to Drug Test Food Stamp Recipients
Wisconsin is about to become the first state to drug test adults that are applying for food stamps. Should Illinois do the same?
A Case of the Chicken Pox Has Been Confirmed at a Rockford Elementary School
Parents are being warned of the signs and symptoms of chicken pox after a case was been reported at a local elementary school.
Ho, Ho, OH; Former Rockford News Anchor, Whitney Martin, is Expecting Her First Child
It looks like Whitney Martin's Christmas present is on back order until Mother's Day.
Rockford Named One of the Most Magical Christmas Towns in Illinois
Who says you need snow for a magical Christmas? Not Rockford.