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.
Need A Job? Amazon Is Hiring 3500 Illinoisans For The Holidays
With gas (and pretty much everything else) continuing to skyrocket in price, you might have the idea in mind to grab yourself a "side hustle" so you can afford a few presents after filling your car and buying groceries.
These Illinois School Districts Pay Teachers Up To And Over 100K
Data compilation site Niche says that Illinois is one best states in the country for teacher salaries, with one Illinois school district being highlighted as the best place to teach, another Illinois school district grabbing the #2 spot, and yet a third district being named the 3rd best place to teach in America.
Food Alert: Michigan Company Recalls Cheeses Sold In Illinois
It was only a week or so back that I told you about the recall of 43 tons of meat that had been sold here in Illinois. Before that it was a recall on fish. Before that it was almonds. 2022 has had plenty of recalls, and we've still got almost 3 months left in the year.
New Study: Illinois Has Some Of The Worst Roads In The U.S.
Having lived in Illinois for almost my entire life, reading that our roads are bad doesn't really shock me to my core. If you've spent any time on Illinois' many streets, highways, and back roads, you know they're bad.
Travel Mag Readers Name Chicago As “Best Big City In The U.S.”
Condé Nast Traveler, in a press release on Tuesday, has given the title of Number One Best Biggest City in the U.S. to Chicago, which sets a record for the Windy City.
It’s Curdalicious! Culver’s Bringing Back Its Viral CurderBurger
The "CurderBurger" started out as an April Fool's joke by Culver's last year, but after finding out how much people would like to try a CurderBurger for real, they offered it up as a one-timer last year on National Cheese Curd Day (yes, there really is one).
These Bugs Want To Get In Illinois Homes Before It’s Too Cold
As cold as it gets here in the Rockford area, no self-respecting bug wants to get caught outside between now and March. So, they're looking to go rent-free for a few months at your place. Some of them will go completely unnoticed in your home, while others have a tendency to make themselves known.
Deer Mating Season: Here’s The Odds Of Hitting A Deer In Illinois
After reading about a horrific crash over the weekend in Indiana in which 3 people were killed when an SUV struck a deer, crossed the center median, and then crashed head-on with a pickup truck, I began wondering what the odds were of something like that happening to any of us who drive Northern Illinois' roads.
500,000 Illinois Residents To Get Share Of $100M From Google
I know, the headline would be much better if it were something like "1 Illinoisan To Get Giant Bag Of Money From Google" followed by (insert your name here), but you'll have to settle with sharing some of this money with your fellow Illinois residents.
Here’s The Date Northern Illinois Can Expect Its First Snowfall
Right about this time every year, the excitement about searching for the resting place of our snow shovels and windshield scrapers (also known as "where we tossed them last April") starts to build.