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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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Obese Raccoon in Zion Rescued by Police

I know that in today's politically-correct climate that "fat-shaming" will get a person in trouble pretty quick, but c'mon, let's be honest. There are certain members of the animal kingdom here in Illinois that could stand to drop a couple of pounds. Masked bandits, I'm looking at you.

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Rockford Gas Prices Up More Than 20 Cents in a Week

No, it's not your imagination. If you've been feeling the pinch in your wallet at the gas pump, it's because gas prices here in the Rockford area have made a jump of more than 20 cents in the last week.

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Handwritten Gettysburg Address on Display this Month in Springfield

It's arguably the most famous speech in American history, and from November 13th through November 26th, you can check out one of 5 surviving copies of the Gettysburg Address (handwritten by Abraham Lincoln) at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

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We Set Our Clocks Back This Weekend–But, Why?

You know the routine. Spring ahead, fall back. In case you'd forgotten, this is the weekend we crank our clocks back an hour as we make the transition from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time. Many people wonder why we're still doing it.

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Beware of the Western Union ‘Free Money’ Scam

If you've recently received a text from Western Union telling you that you've got some money waiting for you (along with a link to click on to get the cash), you're more than likely a potential scam victim. Don't click the link.

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Let’s Smash Some Pumpkins at the Discovery Center

Sure, you could use a traditional method like a garbage can or yard waste bin to get rid of your Halloween pumpkins, but honestly--is that as much fun as using a trebuchet? The answer, of course, is NO. Even if you don't know what a trebuchet is.

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Congressman Adam Kinzinger Reacts to the New York Terror Attack

Illinois' 16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger joined us on the WROK Morning Show for his monthly visit this morning, and we discussed his thoughts on yesterday's horror in NYC, as well as the opioid epidemic/crisis, and his recent time spent in the district.

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Chicago is America’s #1 Cold Weather Holiday Destination

If you call yourself a "cold weather lover," then a new report out confirms what you already knew--for cold weather and all that comes with it, Chicago is the spot. If you despise freezing temperatures and what they bring, head for Orlando, Florida.

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The Most Haunted Place in Rockford? Tinker Swiss Cottage

So here it is, Halloween 2017. Maybe trick-or-treaters, jack-o-lanterns, and the usual crop of store-bought "scary stuff" just isn't doing it for you anymore. You're looking for something a bit more realistic, something or someplace with an actual element of the supernatural. Look no further than Rockford's own Tinker Swiss Cottage.

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RACVB Wants Your Thoughts on Rockford Tourism and Events

The Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB) has a new survey they'd like you take. Let them know your thoughts on the importance of tourism in the Rockford area, along with the events you love or don't like, and events you'd like to see here.

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