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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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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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Everyone at the Radio Station and Most of America Wants Joe Dredge’s New Toy

My WROK Morning Show partner, Joe Dredge, is a self-confessed fidgeter. He has to be constantly tapping on something, clicking a pen, disassembling the aforementioned pen, twisting around a paperclip, bouncing a ball, etc. 

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Illinois is One of America’s Best Places to be a Cop

With National Police Week kicking off next week on the 14th, we want to salute all the men and women of law enforcement. We also want to congratulate those who've chosen to serve and protect here in Illinois--because, according to a new report, they picked the right state.

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Thanks to NIU’s Matt Streb For Almost 10 Years with the WROK Morning Show

For almost a decade, political science professor and NIU's faculty athletic representative Matt Streb has joined us weekly to discuss any and everything related to the world of politics.

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Attendance at Rockford’s Sites and Attractions Went Up in 2016

Being big supporters of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB) as we are around here, we often salute the efforts of the RACVB to market Rockford as a travel destination to people outside our area. According to some new numbers released this week, we have good reason to applaud.

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