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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 this year will mark 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). 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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Join The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive and Help the Rock River Valley Blood Center

What's it going to be, Team Cops or Team Firefighters? Regardless of your allegiances, the real winner of the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive will be the Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC), and those in our area in need of life-saving blood.

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Nutella Lovers Rejoice! World’s 1st Nutella Cafe to Open Soon in Chicago

I like Nutella okay, I guess. I mean, it's fine. Kind of seems like a melted candy bar in a jar, but to each their own, right? Just because I'm not over the moon about Nutella doesn't mean that I don't understand those of you who are. And, believe me, I know you're out there. I live with a couple of Nutella nuts. A couple of Nutella nuts who'll be heading for Chicago very soon.

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Size Does Matter: How Illinois Compares Size-Wise with the World

We feature studies and surveys that compare our state of Illinois with the 49 other states in the union quite frequently. We've recently learned that our state is one of the toughest states for taxpayers, one of the best states to be a police officer, in the middle when it comes to entertainment, and one of the worst when it comes to overall happiness of residents.

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Rockford May Experience a Mosquito-Heavy Summer

What happens when you combine a relatively mild winter with a very wet Spring, and rapidly rising warmer-than-normal conditions? If you shouted "clouds and clouds of nasty mosquitos," you've probably already stock up on Deep Woods Off.

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So, The Rockford Area Got Some Hail Yesterday, And Cameras Were Ready

Depending on where you live, or where you were yesterday evening, you got to experience 10-15 minutes of some rather intense hail. My on-air partner, Joe Dredge, and his sister got the complete "I hope my windshield doesn't shatter" treatment, complete with dents on the car.

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How to Tell if You Might Get Bumped From Your Next Plane Trip

I don't think many of us really gave a whole lot of thought to the airline practice of "bumping" until the videos of a battered and bleeding man being dragged off an airplane began being played around the clock on nearly every outlet on the planet.

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Moving Truck Prices Illustrate the High Demand to Leave Illinois

We've discussed the fact that Illinois is leading the Midwest in outbound migration before in this space (Here, here, and here), and we've covered the reasons, starting with high property taxes, that people are looking to get out. Now, taking a look at what a moving truck rental costs people who are leaving Illinois really drives the point home.

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Congressman Adam Kinzinger on Comey, North Korea, and Healthcare

Congressman Adam Kinzinger joins us monthly on the WROK Morning Show, almost always from Washington, DC. This morning, however, Kinzinger is in town for a discussion on economics and job growth, so he decided to stop by our studios for a chat.

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Popular Restaurant Chain Looks Into Adding Delivery

There are times when you just don't feel like doing any cooking, so you nominate someone in the household to go out and grab dinner. But, what happens when that person doesn't want to go out either? A popular chain restaurant with a big presence in Rockford is looking to help you out.

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