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 2019 will mark my 18th 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 28 years, with two (now grown) children, Spencer (who does voice-overs for audio books and commercial voice-over work, too), and Molly (a graduate of 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.
You’ve Gotten Vaccinated, Here’s Where You Get Free Stuff
Sure, you told people you were getting the COVID-19 vaccination because you wanted to protect yourself and others from the virus, and you want us to get back to normal. Admit it, you did it to get free donuts and stuff.
Former Bears QB Jay Cutler And Ex Sued Over Dog Bite
On the big list of things people have sued famous athletes over, this one is really pretty far down the list. However, having a large powerful dog chomping down on your hand while you're trying to do your job does have a tendency to bother some people.
Illinois State Police Give 150 Day Extension On FOID/CCL Cards
The Illinois State Police (ISP) are well aware of the incredible backlog of Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Cards (FOID) and concealed-carry licenses (CCL) waiting to be renewed, and because of that, they've given a 150-day extension to those of us who've seen our cards expire.
Rockford Is Looking Into A Scooter-Sharing Program
Back in 2018, Rockford introduced Lime Bikes to the city, with mixed results (depending on which opinions you're listening to), now the City of Rockford planning and development committee has approved a pilot program for scooters.
Rockford Area Residents Should Avoid $1,400 Unemployment Offer
Being unemployed sucks, as most anyone who's ever been there will tell you. What sucks even more is trying to subsist on your unemployment checks while wondering when a job will open up.
Illinois Travel Group Says Weed-Using Drivers Take More Risks
With recreational marijuana sales in Illinois setting new sales records almost every month since last year's legalization, AAA Chicago is out with a warning about driving stoned.
Illinois Hotel Revenues Drop 80% Due To Pandemic
The American Hotel and Lodging Association's (AHLA) report on the state of the hotel industry in 2021 and going forward is, to say the least, not a pretty picture--especially here in Illinois.
Starting Today, Illinoisans 16 And Older Are Eligible For Vaccine
If you've been patiently (or otherwise) waiting for your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccinations taken care of, your chance to roll up a sleeve is here.
22 Illinois Billionaires Make Forbes Richest List
I always look forward to reading the annual Forbes "World Billionaire's List." It's the reading equivalent of binge-watching Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. I don't even mind that my chances of making the billionaires list is just about the same as it was being adored on …
Can You Drink Alcohol After Getting The COVID Vaccine?
Let's say you've done everything that's been asked of you. You paid attention to the information regarding availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, made your appointment, and got the shots. Can you celebrate with a beer, cocktail, or glass of wine?