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.
Area Cooling Centers Are Ready If You Need Them
It's another really, really hot day. If you're in serious need of a cool down, some nice people in the Rockford area are ready to help.
Rockford Not On List of Illinois’ Top Museums
Rockford Art Museum, Burpee Museum of Natural History, and the Discovery Center Museum all failed to make IllinoisTop200's list of the state's top 10 museums.
Chances of Seeing a UFO in Illinois? Slim
Whether you believe in UFOs from another world, or think the whole idea is a load, there's no denying that some states have a lot more sightings than others do.
Illinois is the Nation’s 7th Best State to be a Cop
It's not easy being a law-enforcement officer, but some states offer better conditions than others.
Check Out Illinois’ Top Ten Most Scenic Spots
To celebrate Illinois' bicentennial, the organization Illinois Top 200 lets Illinoisans vote every two weeks on the most inspiring leaders, greatest books, top businesses and much more.
Illinois Tourism Numbers Set Record
Nearly 114 million people traveled to the state last year to “Enjoy Illinois” and give a $1.1 billion boost to the state’s economy.
Palatine Firefighters Rescue Kid From Claw Machine
As parents, we're supposed to warn our kids of the dangers in life like drugs and alcohol, crossing streets, talking to strangers, and more. It's time to add the "claw machine talk."
Forbes Names OSF HealthCare Best Employer in Illinois
The Forbes report also says that OSF HealthCare ranked 46th out of 500 large companies throughout the country.
Illinois Gas Prices Are Rising Steeply This Spring
Don't worry, it's only gasoline. I mean, who uses much of that stuff? Oh yeah--everyone.
New Study Says Illinois is a Really Fun Place
Before looking at the numbers in a new study by personal finance website WalletHub, my own guess at our state ranking was way off. Chance are, yours was too.