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Riley O'Neil

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.
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Rock River Valley Blood Center Needs Your Help Heading Into the Holiday Weekend

At the Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC), they're always in need of donors. As the primary supplier of blood and blood products to our entire region, the RRVBC needs a steady supply of blood donors to meet the huge demand. In summertime, that demand is even greater.

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Know Anyone Who Moved From Rockford to Phoenix? They May Have Melted

Call them transplants, or snowbirds, or whatever you want to call them, but we all know at least one person from the Rockford area who has moved out to the Phoenix/Scottsdale/Mesa area, also known as "The Valley of the Sun." I'm willing to bet that they'd love to experience a Rockford winter day right about now.

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Illinois State Rep Sums Up the Reason Things Aren’t Getting Fixed in Springfield

Even if you've actively avoided the latest news about our state's financial problems, you're no doubt aware that we've got a few pressing money problems in Illinois--problems that require a concerted effort to address and tackle. So, why isn't that being done?

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Be On the Lookout–Summer Time is Scamming Time

It's not that there's a single season that brings the scammers out, because really, they're trying to take your money, identification, and passwords all year long. It's just that summer offers scammers a few more opportunities than the other three seasons do.

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Illinoisans and the Rest of the Country Are Hitting the Road Over the 4th of July

This Independence Day, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways to honor the red, white and blue. With 1.25 million more travels than last year, 2017 will be marked as the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever.

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If Bacon Makes Your World Go Round, You’ll Want to Head for Lombard

On the WROK Morning Show a couple of weeks ago, after reading about some competitive eater downing several pounds of bacon to win a contest, Joe Dredge asked me when I thought this whole "Life is Bacon-Bacon is Life" craze and obsession that we have in this country is going to finally cool off. Short answer: I don't see it happening anytime soon.

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You Can Take a Great Road Trip Without Leaving Illinois

Usually, when you think of a summer road trip, you're probably thinking about taking that trip out of Illinois. You may be thinking Wisconsin Dells, Lake of the Ozarks, Indiana Dunes, or maybe even farther-flung locales. A new study suggests that you consider keeping your next road trip within the boundaries of the Land of Lincoln.

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Chamber President Einar Forsman Joined Us to Talk About Rockford’s Women in Business

Once every month or so, Rockford Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Einar Forsman joins us to talk business in the Rockford area, along with letting us know about some of the cool events that the Chamber has coming up.

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Here’s the Perfect Father’s Day Gift for the Punctual Cubs Fan

You've got to hand it to the marketing department of the Chicago Cubs. As if selling individual ivy leaves from the outfield walls at $200 a piece, plus $15 for shipping weren't enough, now you can break the bank buying dad the ultimate in Cubs fan timepieces.

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