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.
Taxes Take a Bigger Piece of Illinoisans’ Income Than Our Neighbors
Illinois has been leading the Midwest in something called "Outbound Migration" for quite a while now. Outbound migration is just a fancy way of saying "people leaving the state." One of the prominent reasons for people hitting the road out of here (and there are m…
Here’s a Rundown of Stateline Area Trick-or-Treat Hours
With this coming Tuesday being Halloween, you might want to know when your little ghosts and ghoulies can head out for their candy run--or, what time the neighborhood monsters will start ringing your doorbell.
Check Out Illinois’ Top Ten Colleges and Universities
Maybe you've got a soon-to-be college student at home, and you've been doing the college visit tour thing with them as you try to decide which institution will best fit your scholar, and more importantly, your budget. Many of us would like to keep our kids at a school somewhat close to home (rather …
What You Need to Know About Leaf Collection/Disposal in Rockford
When my family and I moved into our current residence some 17 years ago, my first encounter with a neighbor was the guy next door, Brian, stopping by to ask me to please not burn leaves. I admit to being taken aback, since it was only the 1st day of August, but after his explanation of how the burni…
It’s National Pumpkin Day, and Illinois is the King of Pumpkins
Every day is National "something" Day in America. From things like "greasy food day," to "breadstick day," even "knock-knock joke day," we've got a minimum of 365 national "fill in the blank" days to celebrate. Admittedly, celebrating each and every …
Head to Downtown Rockford Saturday for ‘Spook the Blocks’
This morning, Leah Tuneberg, Executive Director of Rockford's River District, stopped by the WROK Morning Show to fill us in on what promises to be yet another outstanding downtown event.
Changes Are Coming for the Lottery’s Mega Millions
I used to ponder why I have never won a prize from the lottery. No big jackpots, no little ones, either. Why, I wondered, are all these people walking off with free tickets, hundred dollar, or thousand dollar, or million dollar prizes while I've gotten exactly jack squat? Short answer: I d…
Check Out These Filmed-in-Illinois Horror Movies for Halloween
At this writing, Halloween is exactly one week away. In case you haven't lined up your horror-movie viewing list yet (assuming you screen scary movies to celebrate the season), how about a few that were filmed right here in Illinois?
Real Rockford Police Warn Against a Fake Police Scam
If you've been on the receiving end of a phone call where the caller says they're representing the Rockford Police Benevolent and Protective Association (PBPA) Unit 6, you were being called by a phone scammer.
Governor Bruce Rauner Made His Reelection Bid Official Today
Not that it comes as much of a surprise, but Governor Rauner announced this morning via a video that he'll be seeking a second term as Illinois' chief executive.