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.
December “Christmas Star” Will Show Up For The 1st Time In 800 Years
Normally, on the first day of Winter, December 21st (or, the Winter solstice) here in the Rockford area, we react with...well, we don't really react because it's already cold and usually snowy, and it's felt like winter for weeks already.
Winnebago County May Receive COVID Vaccine As Early As Next Week
According to Governor Pritzker, Illinois is about to be on the receiving end of the first shipment of 109,000 dosages of COVID-19 vaccine.
Beware Of Pet Fraud If You’re Adopting A Holiday Dog Or Cat
While 2020 has pretty much sucked for most human beings, it's probably been the best year ever for the family dog or cat.
Stroll On State Offers Kids A Virtual Visit With Santa
You've got kids, or maybe you've got grandkids. One of the joys of being a parent/grandparent (at least for my wife and me) was taking the kids to see Santa during the holiday season.
Rockford BBB Warns Of Uptick In Holiday Shopping Scams
Since we've officially entered the "giving season," lots of us are looking for charitable groups and organizations that could really use a helping hand. Given the pandemic and resulting hardships, there's a pretty big list of them asking for help.
The Clock Is Ticking On Illinois’ Holiday Shipping Deadlines
Because of this ongoing pandemic, we're doing a lot of things differently this year than we normally do. One of those things is holiday shopping. More people started earlier, and more are shopping online.
BBB Says Beware Of Zoom Invite Scam
With Zoom meetings now being a part of many people's daily lives, is it any surprise that scammers are looking to capitalize on millions of potential new victims?
Why You Should Check For Walnut-Sized Lumps On Your Tree
In the interests of full disclosure, I must tell you that we have an artificial (or phony, as my two brats...I mean wonderful kids) Christmas tree at our house. And, it's things like this that make me glad we do.
Microwave Turkey? Butterball Says You Can Do It
Okay, but as the saying goes, just because you can do something doesn't mean that you should do it.
Right Before Thanksgiving, 1 Million Crock-Pots Are Recalled
The crockpot (or, slow cooker) sits unused in your cabinet for nearly 12 months, but the day before you actually plan to use the thing they issue a recall? Yep, pretty much.