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.
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Pritzker’s Executive Order Okays In-Person Summer School
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J.C. Penney will begin closing 154 of its stores next week in what it is calling the first phase of its efforts to shrink its footprint.
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The parent company of Rockford's ShowPlace 16 and Machesney Park's ShowPlace 14, is the largest movie theater chain in the world.
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Amazon, Target, Walmart, Apple Make Changes Due To Looting
Nationwide unrest in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has prompted some major retailers to scale back deliveries and close stores.
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