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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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How to Make Rockford’s Unending Winter a Little More Tolerable

Okay, so it hasn't been the most frigid winter we've ever seen here in the Rockford area. It hasn't been the snowiest one, either. That doesn't mean that most of us aren't sick and tired of winter. But, since we've got quite a bit of winter left, how about a few tricks and tips to make the remainder of the season a little bit easier?

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Here’s How You Sit in a Wrigley Field Seat in Rockford

The short explanation is that you buy one and bring it home. Then, place it somewhere in a spot of honor in your home here in Rockford. Then, sit in it as often as you please. If you've got the spare cash it'll take to get yourself one, that is.

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Super Bowl Prop Bets Are More Interesting than the Game

In case you hadn't been paying attention (since the only Bears and/or Packers you'll see on Sunday are spectators), the Big Game, or Super Bowl 51 (LI) is happening this coming Sunday. If you don't really care at all about football, then take a look at some of the "prop bets" that can make it a lot more fun for the person who couldn't care less about Xs and Os.

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In Case You Missed It–Here are the Results of the Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition

Mother Nature did force a postponement of the Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition at Sinnissippi Park, but she didn't force a cancellation, as teams got together (albeit a week later) and got to work last week making works of art out of blocks of snow. In case you couldn't attend, or were unaware how it turned out, let's take a look at who got the votes.

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Lake Geneva’s Abominable Snow Race is Worth the Drive This Weekend

A friend of mine who lives in Atlanta asks me these questions every winter (especially when we're getting blitzed with snow, ice, and/or subzero temperatures): "How do you people live like that? And, why do you live like that?"

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Here’s the Latest on Rockford’s Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition

Every Friday morning on the WROK Morning Show, our friend Laura Gibbs-Green of the Rockford Park District joins at around 7:25 with a look at what the Park District has going on for you and your family to get out and see, do, and enjoy. This morning, the topic was snow sculpting.

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Score Yourself Some McDonald’s Special Sauce in Rockford Today

For those who don't think that dreams really do come true--you've obviously never dreamed of being handed a free bottle of McDonald's "Special Sauce." For those in Rockford who have dared to dream of having their own bottle of the stuff, today is your lucky day.

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Let’s Take a Look at Some Rockford Weather Records

This morning, on the WROK Morning Show, Joe and I were discussing the latest news out of the western part of the US--in particular, the incredibly heavy snowfalls being experienced by Colorado, Idaho, and other neighboring states. Hundreds of roofs have collapsed, with hundreds more in danger of collapse. That discussion led us to Rockford's winter of 1979.

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Rockford Area, Don’t Forget to Grab Some Free Pine Mulch Before It’s Gone

It may not seem like it, but sooner or later, we're going to reach Springtime, and it'll be time to get out in the yard. Lawn-fertilizing, flower-planting, mulch-spreading Springtime. And, thanks to Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB), if you act while supplies last, you won't have to pay for the mulch.

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