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.
Brandon Saad Had a Hat Trick Last Night–So, What Happens to All the Hats?
The Chicago Blackhawks had their season-opener last night at the United Center in Chicago, and they showed up ready to play. The final score had the Hawks stomping the Pittsburgh Penguins 10-1. What's more, Brandon Saad, back with the Blackhawks once again, scored 3 goals (aka a "hat-trick"…
Take a Couple of Minutes to Get Hyped Up About the Cubs Going to the Playoffs
This morning on the WROK Morning Show, we were joined by our pal Mark Grote, who happens to be 1/3 of the best baseball broadcasting team on radio. Mark, along with the great Pat Hughes and former Cub & all-star Ron Coomer have brought you every single game this season on WROK--and they&apos…
Rockford City Market Sets New Attendance Record
It seems that the combination of food, drink, music, friends, and a cool & eclectic vibe is really working for the Rockford City Market, the weekly Friday get-together in Downtown Rockford that just finished its May through September run.
Illinois Lawmakers are Getting Serious About a Gas Tax Hike
As a native Illinoisan, I'm rarely surprised by the goings-on in Springfield. I mean, after the recent multi-billion dollar tax hike, coupled with dubious claims of balancing the budget that we know aren't true--how could the idea of the state reaching even further into our pocke…
Congressman Adam Kinzinger Talks Las Vegas, Veterans, 1st Responders, and Taxes
16th District Representative Adam Kinzinger joined us today for his monthly visit on the WROK Morning Show for a rundown on the some of the issues of the day.
Rockford City Council Approves Purchase of ‘ShotSpotter’ for Police
With the images of gun violence, panic, injury, and death at the forefront of everyone's mind yesterday, the Rockford City Council has approved the purchase of the ShotSpotter Flex, a gunfire detection and location analyzer system.
How Financially Savvy are Illinoisans? We Could Be Better
I've heard people make the argument that schools should be teaching students life skills like balancing a checkbook, paying bills, or creating/maintaining a savings program. I tend to agree, and seeing where our state ranks among "financially savvy" states justifies that feeli…
Illinois Department of Transportation is Looking for Seasonal Help to Clear Snow and Ice
If plowing, shoveling, and scraping off your own property during a winter snowstorm is not enough for you, and you'd love nothing more than plow, shovel, and scrape your way through Northern Illinois this winter--get in touch with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). They're l…
Website Declares Rockford to be the 5th Most Dangerous City in America
While we get many things right here in Rockford, studies continue to say that crime is the real albatross around our city's neck.
The 1st Issue of Playboy Magazine Was Printed in Rochelle
By now, I'm sure that you've heard that Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner passed away at the age of 91 on Wednesday of this week. There are plenty of things online today that will fill you in on his background and exploits, but not many that mention where the first 5 issues of Play…