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.
Dentists Warn Parents About A New TikTok Challenge
It was just a few weeks back that we learned about a dangerous new challenge that TikTok users were being exposed to. That was the "Benadryl Challenge." Now, we've got another one.
Illinois Weed Sales To Out-Of-State Folks Almost Doubles
The dollars coming in to the state from Illinois residents buying legal recreational marijuana continue to rise month-over-month, and sales to those across state borders are really jumping.
Students/Parents To Sue IHSA For High School Sports Cancellation
Well, it looks like they want to play. Today, parents and advocates of student athletes plan to file a lawsuit to pressure Illinois lawmakers and educators to re-open schools so fall sports can begin.
Illinois Facebook Users Can Apply For $400 Lawsuit Payout
Your cut of the action is part of a massive $650 million class action settlement over a state privacy law involving Facebook and its collecting of images and information.
Illinois Officials Say “Fill Out That Census!”
Officials said a 1 percent undercount is equal to $195 million lost to Illinois and local communities.
New Survey Names Illinois’ Favorite County Fair Food
Although, given the current COVID-19 mess we're still dealing with, we might not get to eat any of these things this fair season.
Rockford Police Have A Scam Safety Reminder For You
You may be "plugged in" enough to know about all the latest scams working their way through the Rockford area, but in case you're not (or you have a friend/family member who isn't), the Rockford Police Department wants to make sure you're in the loop.
Rockford’s Discovery Center Museum Earns Travelers Choice Award
Discovery Center Museum is the nation’s 5th Best Museum for Families according to USA TODAY/10Best.com, and one of 12 museums included in Forbes.com’s article, "The 12 Best Children’s Museums in the U.S."
Illinois Weed Sales Bring In Over $63 Million In August
If you recall earlier this year, arguments raged back and forth over whether marijuana dispensaries should be labeled "essential" during the pandemic shutdowns across the country.
Record For Most Fish Caught In 24 Hours Set In Illinois
Jeff Kolodzinski (aka "Marathon Man") began fishing for 24 hours straight near Peoria at 9am Wednesday, and hooked over 2,645 fish by 9am on Thursday.