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.
Follow Up: Here Are The Italian Meats Being Recalled For Salmonella
Last week, we told you that Italian-style meats were being linked to a Salmonella outbreak happening in Illinois, along with 16 other states. At the time, no brand name had been identified as being the source. Now, they have.
Why Is Rockford So Far Down The List Of Best-Grilling Cities?
You ever had one of those moments when something goes badly and you worry that it might be your fault? I'm having one of those moments now as I think about Rockford's poor showing in a ranking of the best cities for outdoor grilling in America.
The Lone Star Tick Is Nasty, Can Make You Sick, And It’s In Illinois
Hold on there, Mother Nature. I think I speak for most Illinoisans when I say it was bad enough dealing with deer ticks and the possibility of contracting Lyme Disease. Do we really need another blood-sucking, virus spreading, creepy-crawly here in Illinois?
Illinois Residents Are Apparently Lying To Get Another COVID Shot
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now estimating that over 1 million people who have received either a Moderna or Pfizer vaccination have decided to go back for more.
It’s Been 17 Months, But Now IDES Is Opening A Few Locations
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) says that they're restoring what they call "in-person work services," but they're doing it in a very limited way.
Chicago Newlyweds Go Viral For Billing No-Show Wedding Guests
Before passing judgement on whether sending an invoice to someone who no-showed at an event they had previously agreed to attend, you have to ask yourself if you've ever done that. Or, has it been done to you?
Robots In Rockford? Schnucks Says They’re On The Way
Schnucks Markets announced yesterday that they would be the world's first grocery store chain to introduce AI-powered robots to enhance operations and the customer experience.
If You See One Of These Bugs In Rockford–Kill It Immediately
This may be the first time that I've ever written the words "kill it immediately" for publication. However, this is also the first time that I've seen bug experts (or, entomologists, to be precise) also saying "kill it immediately," so there's that.
Shocker! Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger May Lose House Seat
I must say that a headline I read at Politico.com yesterday was an attention getter. How could you not be intrigued when a popular political website asks the question "How Screwed Is Adam Kinzinger?"
New Map Predicts Best Time To Catch Illinois Fall Colors
It seems kind of strange to be talking about Fall colors when we're currently looking at temperatures in the low to mid 90s, but here we are, less than a month before the Autumnal Equinox, or first day of Fall.