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.
Loves Park Man Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize
And if that weren't enough (and it wasn't), he also won a $10,000 Instant Ticket prize. Oh, and did I mention that this was all in the same week?
Jelly Bean Factory Golden Ticket Takes Weird Turn
Yesterday, I told you about the "candy magnate" who's pulling a Willy Wonka and promising to give away a candy factory to someone with a golden ticket.
BBB’s Dennis Horton On Shortchanging, Fake Websites
Have you had the experience where you pay for something with cash, then you're told that due to a coin shortage they can't give you change back from your purchase?
Jelly Bean Magnate To Give Away Factory With Golden Ticket
The founder of Jelly Belly jellybeans is about to retire, but before he does, he's launching a golden ticket treasure hunt in every state.
Rockford Area Stink Bugs Are About To Crawl Into Your House
I think that may be the first headline I've ever written that actually gave me the creeps. It's not often you can work the words stink, bugs, crawl, and your house into the same sentence unless you're the subject of a TLC series.
Lincoln Man Takes Boneless Wing Argument To City Council
Either things are going so well in Lincoln, Nebraska that a boneless chicken wing dispute is the most pressing bit of business in town, or this guy just got tired of only talking about COVID-19.
Illinois Utilities Extend Moratorium On Residential Disconnections
The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) says that several of Illinois' regulated utilities have agreed to another extension to keep residential consumers from being shut off.
Illinois Girl’s Hypersensitive Hearing Saves Neighbor’s Life
Awesome job by Kasey Brislane, a 13-year-old Girl Scout Cadette who received the organization’s Medal of Honor on Sunday. The national award is given to Girl Scouts who save another’s life.
Rockford Airport To Get $400,000 Grant To Study Noise
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is handing over $400k to the Chicago-Rockford International Airport (RFD) for a "noise compatibility" plan study.
Bob Rohrman, Famous Chicago TV Pitchman, Has Died
Famous for his lighthearted TV commercials pitching his many auto dealerships, Bob Rohrman was a staple of Chicago area TV for many years.