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.
Gun Sales Are Booming In Illinois
In the first two weeks of June, more than 42,000 people in Illinois applied for a gun permit, the Chicago Tribune reported on Thursday, citing data from the Illinois State Police.
Constant Noise From Fireworks Is Taking A Toll On Our Pets
It's been a very active month for fireworks here in the Rockford area, and if you've got an anxious dog or cat as a result, you're far from alone.
Phase-4 Reopening Begins Today In Illinois, Here Are Some Details
Governor JB Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan moves into the next to last, and probably longest phase beginning today, so here's a quick primer on Phase-4 reopening.
Illinois Tollway Says No Fines For Unpaid Tolls During Lockdown
Okay, so you've missed a few tolls recently. Take a breath, because the lllinois Tollway Authority Board is in the mood to give you a break.
Covid-19 Lockdown Has Actually Been Good For RFD
With so many of us unable to shop like we normally do (thanks to COVID-19), Amazon's e-commerce business has been booming. That's been very good for RFD's cargo business.
Huge Saharan Dust Cloud Will Reach Illinois By The Weekend
A giant cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert has crossed the Atlantic Ocean over the last week, and is now in the Caribbean. Experts say it's headed here next.
Rockford BBB Warns of Employment Scams
Desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures, but if a "potential employer" wants money from you before you start, consider that a red flag.
Governor Pritzker Details Guidelines For In-Person School
Governor JB Pritzker laid out the structuring for how schools will be able to reopen this fall as part of the Phase-4 recovery plan, which takes effect Friday.
BBB’s Dennis Horton On The Dangers Of Door-To-Door Scam Artists
There's been quite the uptick in reports of scam artists knocking on doors and trying to trick, or in some cases, force homeowners into a bad situation.
Rockford Fire Department And OSF Team Up To Promote Burn Safety
We're not even into July yet, but OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center's Burn Unit has been dealing with almost a dozen burn injuries this month.