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 2016 marked 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 who also dazzles with service at a popular local restaurant). I'm luckier than I ever thought possible. 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.
Beloit Cops Arrest Front-Porch Package Thieves
Around this time of year, lots and lots of packages are delivered to front doors--and there are plenty of folks out there waiting for the opportunity to grab them.
BBB’s Dennis Horton on Hiring Scams and Robocalls
Dennis Horton, Director of the Rockford Branch Office of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) joined the WROK Morning Show with some warnings and advice to keep the scammers away.
Winnebago County Republican Chairman Reacts to HQ Vandalism
The Winnebago County Republican party headquarters building was vandalized Saturday overnight with the words "rape" and "shame" spray painted all across the building.
Mountain Lion Reported in Wheaton
Money Magazine recently called Wheaton one of the best cities in Illinois. Apparently, a large cat has a subscription--and wants to check things out.
BBB’s Dennis Horton on Florence, Door-to-Door Scams
Dennis Horton, Director of the Rockford Regional Office of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), discusses two current scams working their way through the Rockford area.
‘Stranger Things’ Star Keeps Wedding Promise to Illinois Couple
David Harbour, star of Netflix's "Stranger Things," spent last weekend in Springfield making good on a Twitter promise.
2 Illinois Towns Named Best Places to Live by Money Magazine
Money magazine's list of "Best Places To Live In America" in 2018 includes two suburban Chicago towns--but unfortunately, Rockford isn't one of them.
Dixon Chemical Plant Explosion Forces Evacuation
Lee County Police and Amboy Fire along with surrounding fire departments from Sublette, Harmon and Dixon, were on-scene at the incident.
What’s With All the Dead Skunks on Rockford Streets?
About a month ago, I began frequently seeing skunks wandering around some yards in my neighborhood. Now, I'm seeing more--many of them after an automobile encounter.
Illinois’ Fall Colors Are Expected to be Awesome
We're about 9 days out from the start of Autumn, and according to those in-the-know, the fall foliage is going to get really pretty shortly afterwards.