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.
Rockford Scores Big In “Best Places To Live” Report
Every year, U.S. News & World Report releases their report on the 150 Best Places to Live in the United States, and this year, 4 Illinois cities in various parts of the state are among the top places, based on affordability and relatively clean air.
Illinois Is Being Invaded By Worms That Jump A Foot In The Air
Sure. Why Not? I mean, we've got record-high gas prices, supply shortages, the lingering effects of a pandemic, political unrest, and a war in Europe--so why not throw in an invasive species of worm that can leap into the air. We needed something else to worry about.
Satisfaction Study: Everyone Hates Flying Out Of O’Hare
J.D. Power recently released their 2021 North America Airport Satisfaction StudySM, and while Chicago's O'Hare airport really takes it on the chin, at least I got to learn a new term: Mega-Airport.
Illinois Ranks Among The Top 10 Most Expensive States For Gas
Knowing how Illinois ranks poorly on so many lists, it's weird to see us ranked in the top ten of nearly anything. Being recognized for a top ten ranking would be great in many other cases, but getting the attention for high gas prices pretty much sucks.
Whatever You Do, Don’t Touch This Illinois Creepy-Crawly
It's a Tussock Moth Caterpillar, and it's venomous. Not the "well, it's been nice knowing you" type of venomous, but as my son just found out, it's a pretty unpleasant experience.
Can You Guess Illinois’ Top Consumer Complaint?
Before we get started, I can tell you what the number one consumer complaint from Illinois residents has nothing to do with: parachutes. I'm guessing that the complaint desk at a parachute-making company would be really quiet.
Illinois’ Wasps Are Back–Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Kill Them
I have very little trouble admitting that I've killed more than a few wasps in my time. I've always had a live and let live relationship with bees, but wasps have always been on my kill-on-sight list.
Illinois Asks Some Funny And Weird “Why Do ____” Questions Of Google
I recently stumbled upon an article from 2017 that talked about things that residents of each state had been Googling. In specific, the piece shared what each state typed in after the words "Why Do."
Study Says Illinois Homes Are Cleaner Than Most Of The Country
Sure, Illinois has its difficulties in some categories like property taxes, government corruption, and a steadily declining population, but we apparently make up for it with our spotless households.
Can You Guess The #1 Spot On Illinois’ Travel Bucket List?
Nearly everyone has that "bucket list" spot (or, lots of spots) that they want to visit before it's time to go. I've managed to draw a line through some of the places on my bucket list, but there are a few more to go, including this place.