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.
Vandal Destroys Northlake, Illinois Elephant Landmark
The life-sized elephant statue, which had stood in Northlake for over 40 years, was completely destroyed.
McDonald’s Is Issuing Their Own Cryptocurrency
Don't worry, it won't overshadow the value of that big stack of Bitcoins you've got lying around the house.
IDOT Hopes Unusual Signs Catch Your Attention
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is trying a "new approach" to draw your attention to the growing number of traffic crashes and fatalities in Illinois.
Grab a Brick to Remember Walker Elementary School
If, like my wife Amy, you've got fond memories of attending the recently-demolished Walker Elementary School, you're invited to grab a souvenir.
RACVB Announces Winners of Business is Blooming
The winning business owners further the efforts of Forest City Beautiful by trying to enhance the Rockford region.
You Probably Didn’t Win The $522 Million Mega Millions Jackpot
It would appear that Illinois' Mega Millions players will have to continue working instead of retiring with a huge pile of cash.
Thursday Night is Your Best Chance to See Mars in 15 Years
Mars has been getting bigger and brighter in the night sky in 2018, and it will reach its peak on Thursday night, bringing the best opportunity for you to check out the Red Planet since 2003.
Woodstock Army Pilot, Home From Deployment, Surprises Dog
Reunions between members of the military and their families are always a beautiful thing, but, add in the family dog and you've made it even sweeter.
IllinoisTop200 Voters Put Cheap Trick on Top Musicians List
The Illinois Top 200 project lets Illinoisans vote every two weeks on the most inspiring leaders, greatest inventions, top businesses and much more.
84 Years Ago, John Dillinger’s Outlaw Career Ended in Chicago
Sunday night marked the anniversary of the former "Public Enemy #1" being killed by federal agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater.