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.
This Toxic Illinois Plant Will Make You Feel Like You’re On Fire
It's weird how we look at things. Tell someone who loves spicy food that a local restaurant has a certain dish will make them feel like they're on fire, and they'll find a way to get to that joint for a plateful just as fast as they can (myself included).
Illinois Suspends Carvana From Selling Cars Again–Here’s Why
It's been a rough 2022 for many people, as you're no doubt fully aware. One particular company is having a very rough year, especially in Illinois, as once again they've been ordered to halt all sales in the state.
New Study Says Chicago Is The 2nd Best City On Earth–Here’s Why
Chicago seems to be, at least to me, a city that inspires very few middle-of-the-road feelings. What I mean by that is simply that people either seem to love or loathe the place. It just depends on who you talk to.
What Happens When Midwest Woman Mixes Up Eye Drops With Nail Glue?
Mixing up your eyedrops with a tube of super glue sounds like something that you'd see in a sitcom or movie, but a Michigan woman will tell you that in spite of the cartoon-like premise, it actually does happen.
Illinois Is Changing A Fish’s Name…So You’ll Want To Eat It
You've got to hand it to the expert marketers out there. They know that you'll probably never ask the server at your favorite restaurant for details on their daily special of "invasive carp."
Wow! The Crazy Number Of Spam Calls Illinoisans Get Every Week
How widespread are spam calls? Think about this for a second: over the last year, nearly 60 million Americans say that they lost money as a result of being phone-scammed for a nationwide total of almost $30 billion.
Illinois’ REAL ID Will Be Required A Year From Now
If you recall, the original, pre-pandemic deadline for the move to REAL ID was October 21, 2020. Then, COVID-19 came along and threw a monkey-wrench into things. So, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pushed things back one year to October 21, 2021 to give people time to get things together while dealing with the pandemic.
Northwestern Study: Close Your Bedroom Curtains For Heart Health
If you've been having trouble sleeping, whether it's lately or throughout your entire life, researchers at Northwestern University in Evanston looked into what's keeping us awake, and they've got some tips for you to try.
There’s An 18 Hole Illinois Golf Course For Sale, Priced To Move
If you’re a golfer, it’s easy to fall in love with the idea of owning your own golf course. Just ask Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Ron Jaworski, or former president Donald Trump. Kenny Rogers even designed his own course.
New Study Names Illinois As One Of The Most “Sinful” States
Let's face it, some states are better behaved than other states. However, if you've been thinking of Illinois as some sort of bastion of righteousness, you're wrong...and more than likely new around here.