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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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U.S. Synchronized Skating Championship is Coming to Rockford

Given the amount of incredibly accomplished skaters that Rockford has produced over the years, it's fair to say that Rockford is a skating town. Well, this skating town is about to get a treat.

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There’s Always Something To Do in Rockford–Here’s Trip Advisor’s Top Ten Things

As a long-time Rockfordian, I've often said that if I had a dollar for every time I've heard someone say "There's nothing to do in Rockford," I'd have a pile of money so high it would have snow on it, and Sherpas would be attempting to make it to the top. The problem with the common complaint of nothing going on in Rockford is: it's simply incorrect.

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Rockford’s Burger Kings Are a Lot Tamer Than Israel’s on Valentine’s Day

Granted, your idea (or, more importantly, your Valentine's idea) of a romantic Valentine's Day meal probably doesn't include the words Burger King--however, in Israel, they're hoping a Valentine's Day promotion will change your mind.

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What are Illinoisans Asking Google About?

When I was a kid, like most every kid, I had questions. Lots and lots of them. My parents would do their level best to answer most of them, but sometimes, when they a) didn't know the answer, or b) they were tired of the barrage of questions, I was told to "go look it up." Since this time-period was before the advent of the internet, that meant going to the library. Today, as a parent, I tell my kids to "Google it."

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Southern Illinois Reporter Has Bad Morning–Deer’s Morning is Far Worse

Living in and around the Rockford area, chances are if you've never had an encounter with a deer on the road, you know several people who have. Unlike Dave Davis of WSIL-TV in Carterville, you probably didn't catch the event on video.

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Rockford’s Hospitals Are Restricting Visitors to Limit Spread of the Flu

If you're finding that you look quite a bit like the person in the picture, Rockford's hospitals would like to encourage you to stay away--until further notice.

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Congressman Randy Hultgren on Jobs, Regulations, and Stopping Sex Trafficking

Once a month, we're joined on the WROK Morning Show by 14th District Representative Randy Hultgren, who fills us in on what's going on in Washington, in the 14th district, and how that affects you and your family. This morning, we got into changes in Washington's political landscape, along with cutting regulations, and the scourge of sex trafficking.

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These are the Fastest Growing Jobs in Illinois for 2017

If 2017 is the year you've decided to change/begin your career, you're probably hoping to make a change into a job with opportunities for growth and advancement, along with a better paycheck. What careers in Illinois would fit in with your game plan?

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Does Rockford Get Any Snow Anymore?

My wife Amy, who loves any and all things involving snow more than most little kids do, looked at me last night as we were outside with our dog, and sadly said, "Remember when Rockford used to get snow in wintertime?"

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