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.
The Secret Sister Gift Exchange Is Back–And Illegal
The “Secret Sister” gift exchange (SSGE) campaign quickly became popular in 2015 through Facebook posts, and remains popular (and still illegal) in 2019.
Sunken ‘Ghost Ship’ Found In Lake Michigan
The schooner, which went down in Lake Michigan in 1891, may be one of the most intact shipwrecks ever found in the Great Lakes.
Local Fundraising Effort Turns Out To Be A Scam
If someone's recently hit you up for a donation to the Ellis Elementary basketball team, there's something you should know.
Ice Castles Will Have A New Home In Lake Geneva
Last year, Ice Castles were downtown along the shore of Geneva Lake. This winter, they'll be heading to a famous golf course.
Frigid Lake Michigan Becomes Surfer’s Paradise
What's the difference between November surfing in Maui and November surfing in Lake Michigan? I'm guessing attendance.
The Rock River Valley Blood Center Needs Platelets
Platelets support blood clotting and give those with leukemia and other cancers a chance to live.
Two Rockford Parks Are Looking At Suspension
The Rockford Park District says both Alpine Hills Snow Park and Alpine Pool are on the chopping block.
Don’t Forget To Turn Clocks Back This Weekend
Daylight Saving Time (DST) was first enacted by the federal government March 19, 1918, during World War I, as a way to conserve coal.
Bill To Allow College Athletes To Profit Clears Illinois House
The Illinois House on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill allowing college athletes to profit from their names and likenesses.
Twitter Reacts To The Midwest’s Halloween Snowstorm
Halloween 2019 has got it all. Some serious cold, lots of wind to make it feel even colder, and let's not forget the snow and ice.