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 2016 marked my 15th 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 25 years, with two (now grown) children, Spencer (who works for a major cruise company), and Molly (a student at 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.
Illinois Hunter Bags ‘One of the Largest Bucks Ever in America’
Keith Szablewski, of Johnston City, shot and killed the deer in November during the first weekend of the shotgun season, and experts are calling it a potential world record.
Illinoisans Are Planning On Hitting The Holiday Road
AAA Chicago forecasts that more than one-third of Americans, or about 112.5 million of us, will be traveling somewhere over the Christmas holiday.
Rockford Public Schools Are Starting Classes Later in 2019
The Rockford Public School District says they're changing the academic calendar to have the 1st day of school happen after Labor Day.
Rockford’s ‘Stroll on State’ By The Numbers
Stroll on State attracted an estimated 87,500 visitors to downtown Rockford, up 6 percent over 2017.
Rockford Family Puts Up A Very Cool Synced-Light Display
If you think you've got to take a road trip into the burbs to catch a high-tech, light-synced Christmas light display, Rockford's Andrew Plett is going to save you some gas money.
Take A Look At How Rockford’s Doing With Credit Card Debt
The debt picture is worrisome nationwide, but some areas have bigger payment problems than others according to WalletHub’s report on the Cities with the Most & Least Credit Card Debt.
So, What is Illinois’ Favorite Christmas Movie?
After reading the list, I may have to move to Wisconsin or Missouri since my favorite Christmas movie is also a favorite in those two states.
Illinois To Team With 38 Other States To Combat Robo-Calls
We've all been there, and most of us are sick of it--call after call from people you don't know, trying to sell you things that you don't want. There were 5.1 billion robocalls made in November (1,963 per second).
Congressman Adam Kinzinger on George H.W. Bush’s Funeral
Congressman Adam Kinzinger was at Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday for the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush.
Illinois Policy’s Adam Schuster on Illinois’ Pension Problems
Illinois' pension problems run deep, and they also amount to a huge chunk of money. What we've been doing hasn't worked, so where do we go now?