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.
Peoria Food Bank Receives Massive Donation Of Apples
It's going to take volunteers some time to sort through about 17,000 pounds of freshly picked apples.
Area Health Departments Issue Statement On Vaping
The health departments of nine Northern Illinois counties have something to say about the recent spate of health problems sustained by vape users.
Rockford’s Crime Rate Is Down Compared To Last Year
Compared to the 1st nine months of 2018, violent crimes, property crimes, robberies, aggravated assaults, shots fired and auto thefts are all down.
WalletHub Ranks Illinois’ Best Colleges and Universities
Another way to look at it might be "Hey, you're going to accrue a massive amount of student loan debt, so why not spend it at these places?"
Stockton Man Wins ‘Best Bagger In Illinois’ Contest
I can tell you the secret is to create a cushion of eggs on the bottom of the bag, then dump the heaviest stuff on top. Or, something like that. It's been a few years...
Chicago Is America’s ‘Rattiest City’ Once Again
We're not talking about rats who tell the Feds where the bribe money came from, or the inflatables that unions set up outside businesses that attract their ire.
WalletHub: Rockford Near Bottom In Economic Growth
To determine where the fastest local economic growth has occurred in the U.S., WalletHub compared 515 cities of varying population sizes based on 17 key measures.
Illinois Red-Light Cameras Rake In Over $1 Billion
Illinois drivers have shelled out more than $1 billion in red-light camera fines over the past 10 years, according to new analysis by the nonpartisan Illinois Policy Institute.
Drunk Passenger Grosses Out Entire Flight From Chicago
Warning: This story might not be suitable for those who get queasy easily. However, it might make a bad flight that you've taken seem a little bit better.
Cub Fan Sues The Cubs For Stealing His Idea
The fan (maybe "former fan") says he had a deal in place with the Cubs, but that deal fell through when the ’84 team was eliminated in the playoffs.