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 2019 will mark my 18th 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 28 years, with two (now grown) children, Spencer (who does voice-overs for audio books and commercial voice-over work, too), and Molly (a graduate of 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.
Illinois Is One Of The Least Patriotic States, Says New Study
Depending upon your outlook, that headline may anger, disappoint, and/or depress you; or you may feel like Samuel Johnson felt in April of 1775 when he said "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel."
U Of I Says Returning Students Must Be Vaccinated
While Governor Pritzker and his administration are saying "Hey! Get yourself vaccinated against COVID-19 and you could win a pile of money in a vax lottery," The University of Illinois is saying "You want to be a student here? Get vaccinated."
Deadly Algae That Can Kill Your Dog Is Growing In Illinois Lakes
If you recall, back in 2019, The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) were asking Illinois residents to be more vigilant about where they boat, ski, and swim over the summer due to blue-green algae "blooms" that are occurring i…
Rockford Scam Artists Would Like To Ruin Your Prime Day Shopping
So, you're kicking out $119 a year on an Amazon Prime membership, and you'd like to save a bunch of money on different things as Amazon wheels and deals over the next couple of days with their annual Prime Day, going on today and tomorrow.
Freeport Rep. Andrew Chesney On The New FOID Bill
89th District State Representative Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) is not a fan of the Illinois Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card at all, and the latest incarnation of the FOID card hasn't changed his mind one bit.
Illinois Has A New Vaccine Lottery–Here’s How It Works
Governor Pritzker figures that you might need an incentive to go out and get vaccinated against COVID-19, even after 70 percent of the state's adults have received at lease one vaccine dose.
Congressman Adam Kinzinger On Chemtool, Nuclear Power, Russia
When 16th District Representative Adam Kinzinger joins the WROK Morning Show for his monthly visit, I hear from a lot of you who fall into a couple of different camps.
How Far Are The Midwest’s Oldest Restaurants From Rockford?
I recently read an article that talked about places and activities that would be booming this summer due to lockdowns ending (for the most part) and the country opening back up again for business. One of the top listings was something called "food tourism."
Rockford And The Rest Of The Midwest Prefer Cars To Be This Color
We may love all the colors under the rainbow overall, but when it comes to the color of our cars here in the Rockford area and throughout Illinois, we're a lot more boring about colors than we might think.
Rockford Area Teens Are Being Targeted By Multiple Scams
Just because people over the age of 55 are, and have been, the focus of many different scams and money grabs doesn't mean there aren't other groups with a bullseye on their back.