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Riley O'Neil

I consider myself lucky to have been born and raised right here in the Rock River Valley, a place that my family and my wife Amy's family have called home for generations. I was first hired at WROK in 1983, and except for a short departure, I've spent my entire career right here in Rockford. Halloween of this year will mark my 15th anniversary of hosting the WROK Morning Show, making me the longest-serving morning show host in the station's nearly 100-year history. Amy and I have been happily married for 25 years, with two (now grown) children, Spencer (who works for a major cruise company), and Molly (a student at Rock Valley College). When I'm not here at the station, I can usually be found at one of Rockford's many great, local events, either as host/master of ceremonies, or as an attendee. If we should meet, feel free to buy me 1 to 7 drinks.
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It’s Lawn Mowing Time Once Again in the Rockford Area, Don’t Be Like These Guys

Remember during the winter months when you were wishing for Spring? You wanted no more cold and snow, no more shoveling and shivering. You wanted Springtime weather and all that comes with it. Like lawn mowing and maintenance. Well, Spring has sprung in the Rock River Valley, and the lawn mowers are out, or soon will be.

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Did Any Rockford Area Easter Egg Hunts Have One of These Guys Show Up?

Rockford has hosted hundreds and hundreds of Easter egg hunts over the years, from "The Undertaker" and his world-record setting amount of Easter eggs a few years ago, to church egg hunts, and the traditional backyard egg hunts. Occasionally, those egg-gathering parties have had to deal with Mother Nature--but usually in the form of rain.

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The BBB Warns of Scams and Counterfeit Cubs and Blackhawks Tickets

If you're suspicious about an offer you've seen for great seats at a Cubs game or a Blackhawks playoff game, there's a good reason you should be. Scammers are looking to take your money--and leave you with a worthless counterfeit ticket.

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These Might Be the Lewdest-Sounding Town Names in the Midwest

A year or so back, I posted a piece in this space called "Some Illinois Towns Have Weird Names." Some of the Illinois towns mentioned as being weirdly named were: Goofy Ridge, Oblong, Lowpoint, Muddy, Ransom, and Preemption. Time to make the move from weirdness to lewdness.

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What Weird Things Are Illinoisans Searching For On Google?

A while back in this space, I posted a piece entitled "What are Illinoisans Asking Google About?" In a nutshell, it was a look at what each state, starting with our own, was asking Google about more than any other state. Some of the entries were a bit on the odd side, so today, let's go all the way to the weirdness.

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4 Reasons Why Golf in Rockford is Better Than Golf in Florida

As hardcore Rockford area golfers are no doubt aware, the area's golf courses are open and ready for action. Many golfers who just can't handle the long winter layoff from the links drop some serious cash every year on golf trips to Florida, which bills itself as a "Golfer's Mecca." Let me show you 4 quick examples of why Rockford golf beats the Sunshine State.

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