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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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Illinois’ Taxes Are Going Up, But Our Energy Costs Are Lower Than Most States

I have been giving myself too much credit. I thought, being the dad in my household, that my constant demands that my family "turn off that light if you're not in the room," or "close that door, I'm not heating/cooling the outside," or the classic "if you're that cold, put on a sweater" were actually keeping our energy bills lower. It turns out that it is because Illinois is one of America's least energy expensive states.

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Good News For Rock River Boaters As We Head Into the Weekend

This summer, Mother Nature has been treating this area pretty much the same way a baby treats a diaper--heavy saturation with dangerous floating debris. This weekend, however, it looks like we're getting a break.

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Rockford’s Aldeen Golf Club is Ranked Among the Nation’s Top 25 Courses

I've talked about the different "gems" that the Rockford area has to offer, not only to those of us who live here, but also to the many visitors to the Rockford area. I've highlighted places like Anderson Gardens, MercyHealth Sportscore Two, The UW Sports Health Factory, Tinker Cottage, and more. If Aldeen Golf Club and Practice Center isn't on your list, it's long past due to add it, because others certainly are.

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Quick Reminder: Alpine Kiwanis Brat Days Are Happening Friday and Saturday

When you hear Jim Nantz say the words "A tradition unlike any other," you probably think of the Masters golf tournament. When you hear someone in Rockford say it, especially a member of Alpine Kiwanis, it can mean only one thing. Brat Days.

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14th District Congressman Randy Hultgren Talks Politics, Healthcare and More on WROK

This morning, Congressman Randy Hultgren joined us for our monthly get-together. Lots of things are going on in Washington besides the political intrigue, so we covered a variety of topics.

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Kane County is Fed Up With Crowing Roosters, So They’ve Made Them Illegal

As my grandfather used to say, "If you outlaw roosters, only outlaws will have roosters." At least I think that was something he used to say...maybe not. But, if he did say things like that, he'd be looking toward Aurora when he said it. Which he probably didn't. 

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We’re Almost Half Way Through July, So What’s With All the June Bugs?

Not that misery loves company or anything like that, but I really hope that my house isn't the only place in the Rockford area that has become some sort of June bug hangout spot. Not to burst anyone's bubble, but June bugs aren't named June bugs because they're only around in June. June is usually when they're just getting started.

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It’s Never Too Early to Talk About Another Cubs Spring Training Trip

In March of this year, I was lucky enough to host an outstanding group of folks as we made the trek out to Mesa, Arizona, for Chicago Cubs spring training. The trip, which ran March 8th through the 12th, was put together by our good friend (and diehard Cubs fan) Tony Caruana at Lindstrom Travel. We had such a good time that we're going to do it again in 2018.

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Take a 360 Degree Look Around Rockford From the Top of Our Antenna

So, my family gave me a drone for Father's Day. If you've been wanting one, I've gotta tell you, they are every bit as fun as you might think. We've caught fireworks from 400 feet, checked out our neighborhood from above, and of course, taken a bunch of birds-eye view photos of our house. Over the weekend, we brought it to the radio station.

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MercyHealth Sports Core Two is Another of Rockford’s Gems

We've all heard it, and maybe you've even said it, too: "There's nothing to do in Rockford!" Our friends at the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB) put in a lot of time and effort to prove over and over again that that statement couldn't be more wrong.

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