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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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Is Illinois a Good State to Live in if You’re Single?

If you're a single (unmarried) person here in the Land of Lincoln, you may have, at one time or another, wondered if there might be a better place to be in order to meet that special someone. In a nutshell, is there a better place than Illinois for the singles lifestyle?

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Trip Advisor’s 5 Best Local Rockford Places for “Cheap Eats”

Tuesday is a long way from Friday, especially if Friday happens to be your pay day. However, since most of us have gotten into the habit of eating every single day, you'd probably like to eat someplace where things are a bit less expensive, but still really good.

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Rockford Car Dealer Warns of Scam Calls

It seems like every time you turn around, a new warning has been issued about someone trying to scam you out of your hard-earned money. Here's another one.

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Okay Rockford, What Do You Know About the Puppy Bowl?

If you tuned into the Super Bowl last night, you were one of approximately 118,000,000 people. If you tuned into the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet at any time yesterday, you were one of approximately 7,000,000 people. Not even close, in terms of viewers--but enough to make the Puppy Bowl the #1 rated cable show of the night.

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Senator Dave Syverson Talks Taxes, Budgets, and Springfield on WROK

With much of the political news focus on Washington, we thought it would be a fine idea to invite State Senator Dave Syverson into our studio to discuss Springfield politics and personalities, and what that means to the Rockford area.

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Flashback: Midwest Groundhogs Are Cranky When Awakened

In case you weren't paying attention yesterday morning, Thursday was Groundhog Day, the one day a year that we Americans come to our senses, stop paying attention to computers, forecasts, and maps, and let a sleepy, harassed rodent tell us how to dress for the next 6 weeks.

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Rockford Would be a Lot Warmer If We Just Had One of These

If you've lived in the Rockford area for any length of time, you've probably noticed that the winter season really starts getting on our collective nerves around the start of February. Looking at the temperatures outside (combined with single digit wind-chill), and the calendar, I must admit that I'm getting tired of shivering, too.

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Rockford is Not Far From America’s Best Hot Chocolate

It's a cold day in the Rockford area. Expected high temperature of about 22 degrees, with windchill reading in the single digits. If ever a day (or several days) called for some hot chocolate, it's today. And, if you're looking for what many are calling America's best hot chocolate, you'll need to see a woman named Mindy.

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Good News at the Pump as Illinois Gas Prices are Declining

It's not much, but every little bit helps. After rising at the beginning of January, pump prices are back on the decline in Illinois and northern Indiana heading into February. We're looking at lower prices than last month, but we're still up from this time last year.

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