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.
The Best Illinois Restaurant From “Triple-D” Isn’t Far From Rockford
As I've mentioned before, we're huge fans of Guy Fieri and Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in my house, often leaving it on in the background as "comfort television." But, did you know that Guy and "Triple-D" have visited 40 Illinois restaurants?
City Of Rockford Warns Of Door-To-Door Imposters
You may a peephole or cameras to check and see who's at your front door, but even having those advantages might not save you from a door-to-door scammer.
Rockford Changes Clocks Back In A Month–Is It Time To Dump DST?
Try a little experiment at work or home. Mention to people around you that it's about a month until it's time to change the clocks again. See how many people respond with something to the effect of "Again? I ****ing hate having to do that!"
Illinois Woman Is Going To Jail For Messing Around With Grizzly Bears
A Carol Stream woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday of this week to willfully remaining, approaching and photographing wildlife within 100 yards. The wildlife she chose to do this with was a grizzly bear mom and her cubs.
Illinoisans Want To Visit This Place The Most, Says New Study
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.
Indiana Woman Nearly Killed By Freak Flying Board On Highway
Anyone who has had their driver's license for a while has had at least one moment of being completely freaked out by something that happens on the road. It might be catastrophic car damage, insane weather conditions, other drivers, you name it.
Rockford BBB: Thieves Are Cutting Catalytic Converters Off Cars
Depending on your age, you may have memories of when catalytic converters were first required to be equipped to cars. It was back in 1975, and back then many people paid mechanics to remove them, my dad included.
The 8th Best Hotel On Earth Is Only 90 Minutes From Rockford
So you've stayed at places like Motel 6, The Red Roof Inn, Days Inn, Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn, and/or any similar lodging with the words "motel" or "inn" attached. Feel like an upgrade?
Only Two Places In Illinois Make “Safest Cities” List
I once saw a person get up and leave a live comedy show, saying that they "didn't feel safe there" because the headlining comedian had behaved inappropriately in his private life. Not feeling safe because of that struck me as being far more unreasonable than not feeling safe where you…
Rock River Valley Blood Center Makes Urgent Donor Appeal
The nation is facing a continued blood donation shortage that’s impacting the medical care of millions of Americans. Make no mistake, the problems the rest of the country is facing during this blood shortage are problems that the Rockford area has, too.