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.
Here Are Some Of The Weirdest Places To Visit In Illinois
You've probably already visited most if not all of the "mainstream" places to visit here in Illinois. With that done, are you ready to get a little weird?
Did You Know You Can Take A Week Long Cruise In Illinois?
So you want to have a really fun, week-long cruise experience, but you're not really that into the idea of leaving the United States, given the current pandemic situation.
Check Out The “Why Do ____” Questions Illinois Is Asking Google
I recently stumbled upon an article from 2017 that talked about things that residents of each state had been Googling. In specific, the piece shared what each state typed in after the words "Why Do."
Illinois Has 16,000 Miles Of Roads To Plow, Needs Plow Drivers
Several states are facing a shortage of salt-truck and snowplow drivers going into the winter season, and what do you know---Illinois is one of them.
Why Is Illinois Planning To Test Deer For COVID-19?
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) confirmed on Monday that the department will work with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to test up to 1,000 deer for the virus between now and March 2022.
Is Warming Up Your Car Really Illegal In Illinois?
Now that we've really moved closer to constantly frigid mornings, you're going to see more cars being warmed up each morning in Rockford area driveways.
Why Illinois Might Be Looking At A Thanksgiving Turkey Shortage
According to the experts, it's not just turkey that could be in short supply around here, it's chicken, too.
Here’s Where Illinois Ranks on List of Safest Midwest States
It's pretty much a given that on nearly anyone's list of life's priorities, safety and security is right up there at the top of the list next to health. The home monitoring/home security business is booming for a reason.
Walmart Recalls Aromatherapy Sprays Linked To Midwest Deaths
Another day, another recall. However, this recall is different that the ones we've reported on throughout 2021 because it's not something you drink or eat--it's something you spray into a room.
Midwestern Cow Tipping Is A Myth, According To Scientists
A friend of mine, an east-coast city slicker type, has frequently suggested to me that I "go tip over a cow, or whatever it is you people do for fun."