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.
New Study Gives Rockford Poor Marks For Education
Looking at the results of a recently-published study on the most and least educated cities in the United States reminded me of a couple of quotes. One, from John Belushi in Animal House: "7 years of college down the drain," and the other from my dad: "Did 9 years of high school teach …
Rockford Area Passport Holders Are Being Targeted
I'm guessing that like most people, you haven't had much use for your passport over the last year and a half or so because of the pandemic and its restrictions.
Beef-A-Roo Is Looking At Highcrest Centre For New Location
I would think most of us in the Rockford area are big fans of Beef-A-Roo, so when I first heard that they're considering opening a new location in Rockford's Highcrest Centre, I applauded the decision.
Rockford Seems To Be Crawling With Wild Turkeys
According to the University of Illinois Extension, there are over 150,000 turkeys in Illinois, with populations in every one of Illinois' 102 counties.
Illinois Man Is Walking To Texas To Raise Money For St. Jude
As if walking to Texas from Illinois weren't impressive enough, the fact that he's 90 years old is pretty stunning.
Rochelle Company Recalls Salad Greens In Salmonella Scare
I feel badly for companies when something in their production process goes awry and they're forced to issue a recall. It's even worse when it's a local company.
ComEd Warns That Person At Your Door Might Be An Imposter
With the pandemic restrictions being dialed back, both ComEd and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) are warning all of us to be on the lookout for utility-company imposters approaching homes and businesses to steal information and valuables.
Illinois People Keep A Cleaner House Than Most Of America
Sure, Illinois has its difficulties in some categories like property taxes, government corruption, and a steadily declining population, but we apparently make up for it with our spotless households.
Rockford Area Birds Are Smashing Into Windows Like Crazy
I know it's not just a Rockford phenomenon, and that it's happening all over the state, but way too many Illinois birds are not going make it long enough to migrate south this winter.
Good Thing Rockford’s Cloudy: There’s A Recall On Sunscreen
We're in the midst of a spell of overcast weather, so it's perfectly understandable that you're probably not thinking about your stock of sunblock. But before we get back to summer sunshine, take a look to see what brand(s) you may have.