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.
IDOT Needs to Jump in on the #InMyFeelings Challenge ASAP
We thought the ketchup debate highway sign was funny, but this is funnier.
Illinois Dad Drives to Find His Daughter a Kidney Donor
An Illinois dad's rear car window has lead us to a heartbreaking story of a dog looking to find a kidney for his beloved human, Maddie.
Illinois State Rep Accused of Catfishing Men With Revenge Porn
An Illinois state Rep is expected to resign today after he was accused of releasing nude photos of his ex-girlfriend online.
Prepare to Be A-MAZED By This Sunflower Maze at Leatherberry Acres in Baraboo
We've heard of a corn maze before, but a sunflower maze? You have to see this.
WARNING: If Your Child Has Asthma, Don’t Let Them Eat Dragon’s Breath Candy
A Florida mom has a warning for parents with children who have asthma about a trendy candy that almost took her son's life.
Illinois Man Develops Allergy to Red Meat After Tick Bite
If you love red meat, you'll want to stock up on the DEET, because getting a bite from this kind of tick could change all of that.
Rockford Ranks #2 in Illinois in Human Trafficking
Rockford is currently ranked number 2 in the State of Illinois for human trafficking.
Knead Carbs? Panera is Making a Double Bread Bowl and OMG
Knead carbs? Then you'll love the double bread bowl.
Extremely Vulgar; Racist Graffiti Spotted on Garages in Rockton Neighborhood
You won't believe your eye when you see what 4 teens did to a garage in quiet Rockton neighborhood.
Madison is Getting a Unique ‘Pay What You Can’ Restaurant
Something pretty unique is cooking up in Madison.