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.
What are the Odds of You Hitting a Deer on Illinois Roads?
We're inching ever closer to that time of year when Illinoisans start having more and more up close and personal meetings with our local deer population. Those encounters almost always go poorly for the deer, and often go badly for the driver, too. How likely are you to suffer deer-related dama…
How Vulnerable to Identity Theft Are Illinois Residents?
Identity theft is, unfortunately, one of those terms that we've become all-too-familiar with over the last couple of decades. Major breaches of security involving some of the world's biggest retailers have made headline news, with millions of people finding out that their information has b…
Barbershoppers Join Riley and Joe in Studio for Mini-Concert
Friday morning, we were treated to a preview show from members of the Rockford Barbershop Chorus live in our studio. The chapter quartet, who call themselves "Inspiration," knocked it out of the park as they previewed their 69th annual show coming up Saturday, October 28th.
WROK’s Tom Leu In Las Vegas Describes the Post-Shooting Mood
When we found out the our friend (and the host of WROK's outstanding music show, Sound Matters) Tom Leu would be spending some time in Las Vegas this week, we asked if he wouldn't mind calling in to let us know what the vibe was a couple of weeks after the awful events that shocked us so m…
Bag Ban at Winnebago County Courthouse Takes Effect Monday
We were told by Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana that having to chop $4.3 million from his department would mean plenty of layoffs and cutbacks. The "bag ban" that begins Monday, October 23rd at the Winnebago County Courthouse is an example.
Illinois’ Video Gambling Take is Now Beating Casino Revenues
This is the very first year that video gambling has added more to state coffers than casino gambling since Illinois began keeping track of these things in 2012.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Releases His Tax Returns
I don't know which of these two things would be less fun--going to Wrigley Field last night to see the Cubs lose game 3 of the NLCS to the Dodgers, or releasing your tax returns for the world to see and/or judge. Yesterday, Governor Bruce Rauner did both.
There’s Still Time to Join Us For Cubs Spring Training in Mesa!
The clock is ticking, but there's still time (and still some room) for you to join us on a trip out to Mesa, Arizona this coming March for Chicago Cubs Spring Training. We had such a blast last March, and we heard from so many of you that wanted us to do it again--who are we to say no?
How Energy Efficient Are We in Illinois?
As the registered and certified dad in my house, I'm duty-bound to spend plenty of my time turning off lights, lowering the thermostat, and most importantly, asking my family if any or all of them were born in a barn. Like the commercial says, it's what you do. It's not that I'm obsessed with energy…
Iowa Mom Leaves Kids at Home Alone While She Vacations in Europe
My parents were hopelessly old-fashioned, it seems. I mean, when they went to Hawaii when I was a kid, they dropped me off for a week of cookies and soap operas with my grandparents. When they took a trip to Ireland, it was the same story again. Off to grandma's house. I guess a Johnston, Iowa …