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.
Runaway Bull in Southern Illinois Now a Fugitive
When you live in a town of 4,200 people, excitement comes in different forms. Like new phone books--or runaway bulls.
Illinois Unemployment Falls, Jobs Increase in Metro Areas
With all the challenges facing Rockford, and the State of Illinois, it's nice to see some numbers that are more than worth mentioning--and Rockford's got some good numbers.
Illinois Senate: Medical Marijuana as Opioid Alternative
As the opioid epidemic rages throughout the country (including Illinois), federal, state, and local governments are looking at alternatives for pain treatment.
Illinois Senate Votes to Raise Age for Smoking/Vaping
The Illinois Senate on Wednesday voted to raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes, vaping devices and other tobacco products from 18 to 21.
Hit-And-Run Deaths Hit Record High in Illinois
More than one hit-and-run crash occurs every minute on U.S. roads, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
3 Hospitalized in Winnebago County Due to Synthetic Weed
Despite the huge effort being put forth to warn people against using synthetic marijuana, 3 residents of Winnebago County are in the hospital with severe bleeding.
Live From Decorah, Iowa–It’s Must-See Eagle TV
It's that time of year once again. The time when my wife Amy gets totally involved in watching how another mom is raising her kids. Except the other mom is a bald eagle living in Iowa.
Amazon Takes On ‘Package Pirates’ With Trunk Delivery
It's already in Illinois (Chicago, for now), and it may not be long before Amazon Prime members in Rockford can be on the receiving end of a "trunk delivery."
How Gambling Addicted is Illinois?
I'd be willing to wager a small sum that our state is a lot more into rolling the dice than you might imagine.
Join Riley and WROK For An Incredible Panama Canal Cruise
WROK and Lindstrom Travel have come up with a great way to cross some spots off of your travel bucket list. We're going to Costa Rica, Grand Cayman, and the Panama Canal next February.