Hi, I'm Mandy James. I'm a proverbial Midwestern girl that was born and raised in Minnesota don't chya know, but thanks to radio, I now call Illinois home. I fell in love with radio at a very young age; my career actually began when I was just 5 years old. I would walk around my grandma's house, pretending to be a DJ while interviewing people with her curling iron. Shortly after I turned 6, I decided to take a 24-year hiatus to get my act together and finally landed my first real job in radio as a polka DJ when I was 30. After spinning records and reading farm news for 5 years, I finally ended up here, in Rockford, where I enjoy doing things such as taking long naps on the couch, eating carbs and watching Netflix. Sometimes I like to do all three at the same time. I also love waking up with you every weekday morning on the Steve Shannon Show from 5:30 to 10 a.m. Thank you for making me part of your day.
Rockford Residents Respond to Illinois’ New Budget in Four Words
We asked Rockford residents to describe how they feel about Illinois' new budget in four words; these were the best responses.
11 Things Every True Rockfordian Does in the Summer
How many of these things do you make sure you do every summer in Rockford?
Wisconsin Couple has Unorthodox Request for All Day Wedding Photographer
A couple from Madison is looking for a photographer to capture every moment of their special day; and we mean EVERYTHING. Wink wink.
New Aero Ale House to Replace Fifth Alarm Pub in Byron
A new owner is already working to preserve the building that housed the Fifth Alarm Pub in Byron for 15 years. Find out what's coming next and when it opens.
10 Safety Tips from the RPD That Every Woman Should Know
We had the chance to talk with a former Rockford police officer who gave us these 10 very important tips to remember for when you think you're being followed.
Fireworks Recalled Due to Explosion Hazard
Two retail giants in the Rockford area are selling fireworks that have been recalled because they can explode unexpectedly.
Illinois is One of the Cheapest Places in the Country to Buy Beer
Illinois may not have a budget, but you do and no matter how big or small it is, you can at least afford beer. Guess how much it is?
Here’s Your Complete Guide to Summer’s Free Museum Days in Chicago
Mark your calendars, you and the family can get free admission to all of these Chicago museums on these days this summer.
Fake Mother’s Day Coupon for Rockford Retailer is Making the Rounds on Social Media
First it was Lowe's, now another giant retailer is warning consumers that a $75 coupon making the rounds on social media is scam.
Hilarious Garage Sale Signs Spotted All Over Rockford
A Rockford resident used famous people and their most quotable lines to advertise their garage sale and the signs are getting a lot of customers and laughs.