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.
WCAS Annual Report Is Full Of Happy Adopted Pets
As we've talked about before, 2020 was a pretty crappy year to be a human being, but it was a great year to be a dog or cat. Your humans have been around a lot more than they usually are because of lockdowns and closings, you're getting constant attention, treats, etc.
Sleeping Poorly? Science Says It’s Because Of An Upcoming Full Moon
Since most of the snowpack in and around the Rockford area will have melted away by the weekend, you'll need something to look at besides wet, brown grass. Luckily, the moon will provide a pretty cool distraction.
Jesse White: Don’t Fall For Offer To “Upgrade” To Illinois Real ID
If you've received a text message offering you the chance to update or "upgrade" your Illinois Driver's License to an Illinois Real ID, let's hope you deleted it and blocked the sender.
Illinois Lawmakers Want To Ban “Grand Theft Auto” Video Game
The Chicago Police Department recently released some new stats on crime, showing that while robbery and burglary were down in 2020, carjackings in Chicago are on a record-setting pace.
BBB’s Dennis Horton Fills Us In On The “Netflix Scam”
Scam artists tend to go where the money is. Considering how many of us have leaned heavily on Netflix and/or other streaming services to get us through pandemic lockdowns, scammers are finding ways to trick you out of your subscription fees.
UIC Ranks Chicago As Most Corrupt City In America Again
Wow. 2021 is just full of surprises, huh? Who would have ever dreamed that Chicago would find itself atop the rankings in a measurement of city-level corruption? Or that the ranking would contain the word "again?"
Illinois Policy’s Adam Schuster On Gov’s Budget, Mike Madigan
When we initially booked an interview with our friend Adam Schuster, Senior Director of Budget and Tax Research for Illinois Policy, our topic was going to be what Governor Pritzker's recent budget address meant for business owners and everyday Illinoisans.
Wolf Hunting/Trapping Season Is Underway In Wisconsin
For the past four decades or so, wolves in upper Great Lakes states like Wisconsin have enjoyed protection from being hunted because of being placed on the Endangered Species List.
Illinois Is Down To 2 Sears Stores–And One Of Them Is Closing
For the company that started out as a watch company back in the 1880s, the clock has been ticking for quite a while on how long they'll be in business.
Snow Blowers Are Being Recalled For “Amputation Hazard”
Sure, we hear about recalls all the time, but you've got to admit that the words "amputation hazard" are not usually associated with most product recalls.