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.
Former Governor Rod Blagojevich Is Suing For The Right To Run Again
Back in 1962, Richard Nixon, after losing to Pat Brown in California's gubernatorial election, uttered the famous quote "you don't have Nixon to kick around any more, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference."
Huge Beef Recall Includes Products Sold In Rockford
Over the past month or so we've seen food product recalls of salads, pet foods, and muffins, all for different reasons. Two had a problem with Salmonella, another involved the potential for listeria. Now comes another recall, and this time it's beef.
Rockford Area Residents Are Being Tricked By Fake Amazon Reps
During the heart of the pandemic, online sales were absolutely through the roof. Even though COVID-19 seems to be on the downside, the bad guys are still furiously trying to grab your online shopping money and more.
Iowa Man Claims To Have Taken Photos Of Bigfoot
It seems as though we just can't get away from Bigfoot. It was a little over a week ago that Joe Dredge wrote a piece on this site about a Bigfoot and Bigfoot baby possibly being filmed in Michigan.
3 Illinois Cities Drop Bizarre “Opposite Sex Clothing Ban”
When alert listener Paul shared this story with me, he concluded by asking me if I "even knew that this was a thing." I guess my answer would be yes, but no.
Where’s Your $345 Payout From Facebook? It’s Been Delayed
In the interests of full disclosure, I'll happily confess to not being a Facebook user. Sure, we use it at the radio station to share things like this with you, but as far as personal use goes, I'm really just not interested.
Mask Mandate Is Back At Illinois Driver’s License Facilities
When the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) says that it is fully adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new masking guidelines, it's a pretty safe bet that others will follow suit.
The Horrifying Reason Why Illinois’ Starved Rock Got Its Name
When you've lived in a state for your entire life, it's sometimes jarring to find out something about its history that you had absolutely no idea about.
Illinois Has The Highest Taxes In America, Says New Study
If you've lived here in Illinois for any significant length of time, you already know that you're paying a lot in taxes of all sorts. But did you know that our state was taking this much from you?
Rockford Gets A Great View Of Twin Meteor Showers Wednesday
Looking back over the first half of the year, 2021 has been chock-full of interesting celestial events that have been visible to Rockford and the Rockford area. We're not done yet.