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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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The Better Business Bureau Warns of Storm/Flood Chasing Scammers

Sharks aren't just found in bodies of salt water. The sharks that come to prey on you when disaster strikes are just as happy in fresh water--like the kind that's been pouring into your basement or through your damaged roof.

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William J. Kelly, Candidate for Illinois Governor, Visits with the WROK Morning Show

With 8 Democrats having thrown their hats into the upcoming Illinois governor's race, the field is proving to be a crowded one. Add one more name to the mix, this time on the Republican side. William J. Kelly is hoping to knock off Bruce Rauner in the gubernatorial primary on March 20.

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Rockford Area Portillo’s Fans, Their Lemon Cake Phenomenon Has Been Extended

If you've ever had a favorite menu item from a favorite place suddenly disappear, you can take heart in knowing that in today's world, all it takes is sharing on social media your desire for the return of that item to make it happen. Hey, it worked for one guy, why not you?

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So, Kris Bryant is Just Fielding Flaming Baseballs, No Big Deal

As if working the "hot corner" weren't difficult enough, the reigning National League MVP recently spent some time handling some grounders at 3rd base. Just to make it fun, the baseballs were on fire. Literally.

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WROK Listener Describes His Car Being Struck by Lightning–With Him In It

This morning, Joe Dredge and I were discussing the storms we all we through over the weekend, including the huge winds, rain, and the massive amount of lightning. We talked about trees being down, power lines being severed, etc., when a listener rang in with his up close and personal encounter with high voltage from the skies over the weekend.

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Rains and Rising River Levels Means Another Bad Weekend for Boaters on the Rock

Mother Nature has been in foul mood this summer, and with the recent (and upcoming) weather conditions, it appears that Rockford area boat owners are taking it on the chin again.

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Play Some Golf to Benefit Veterans Dealing With PTSD and Help Dogs, Too

Friday on the WROK Morning Show, Joe Dredge and I spent some time discussing the upcoming Circle of Change Veterans Dog Program Golf Outing that takes place Saturday August 5th in Winnebago. I've gotta tell you golfers that this is something you'll want to get behind.

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