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.
A Record Number Expected to Hit the Road this Thanksgiving
In the interests of full disclosure, my grandmother didn't have the decency to live over the river.
How Much Should You Spend on the Holiday Season?
If you're one of those organized folks who's spent some time with a calculator figuring out your holiday budget down to the last red cent, congratulations.
Website Declares Rockford to be the 5th Most Dangerous City in America
While we get many things right here in Rockford, studies continue to say that crime is the real albatross around our city's neck.
In a State with Plenty of Weird Festivals, Lombard’s Might be the Most Bizarre
The Land of Lincoln plays host to some of the more offbeat festivals in the Midwest. For example, we have the Turkey Testicle Festival in Byron, the International Horseradish Festival in Collinsville, the Popeye Picnic in Chester, and the Superman Celebration in Metropolis. Next month, Lombard will …
NIU Named to ‘Safest Colleges in America’ List
Northern Illinois University in Dekalb says that their number one priority is community safety.
Illinois Attorney General Warns of Solar Eclipse Scams
What are a few pairs of injured eyes to a scam artist?
Weird, Strange, and Bizarre Laws Still on Illinois’ Books–Part Two
Last week in this space I posted a piece called "You Probably Didn't Know These Things are Against the Law in Illinois." To be honest, I thought that would be the end of it. I mean, how many bizarro-world laws can one state have? Turns out, thanks to some research by alert lis…
What Happened to All of the Monarch Butterflies?
My wife and I were talking about butterflies the other day (I know, how exciting, right?) and we both were wondering whether it was just our childhood imaginations, or are there a lot less Monarch butterflies around the Rockford area today than there were years ago? Turns out, it's not our imag…
How Do Illinois’ School Systems Compare with the Rest of the Country?
When matched up with school systems from all over the U.S., Illinois does surprisingly well, according to a new study, published today.
Which Member of the Chicago Cubs Draws the Biggest Paycheck?
That's easy, right? It's gotta be Kris Bryant. Nope. How about Anthony Rizzo? Wrong again. Okay...Jon Lester? It's not him, either.