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.
5 of the Best Ugly Christmas Sweaters in Rockford
Who's sweater is better?
Give to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by Taking the Ugly Holiday Sweater Challenge
A Rockford retailer has launched an ugly holiday sweater challenge to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; you just have to do one thing.
This Bouncing Bassador Is In Need of a New Ho-Ho-Home for the Holidays
Meet Lucy, our newest pet of the week from Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary.
7 Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas That Scream Rockford
Every Rockford lover deserves to wake up on Christmas morning to find these seven things in their stocking.
Rockford Kids Create the Cutest Christmas Cookie Recipes
We asked the smallest members of our listener family to create their own Christmas cookie recipes and we need some milk stat.
9 Yummy Holiday Cocktails in Rockford That Will Warm Your Grinch-ish Heart
If alcohol is what you need to make it through the holidays; fake smile your way through it with these seven yummy cocktails made at these Rockford hot spots.
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.