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 2016 marked my 15th 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 25 years, with two (now grown) children, Spencer (who works for a major cruise company), and Molly (a student at 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.
It’s Cold Today, But 37 Years Ago Was Rockford’s Coldest
Sure, having a daytime high temperature of 10 degrees with a windchill (or, "feels like") of 13 degrees below zero is unpleasant--but we've had it much worse.
Here’s How You Check Out Sunday’s Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse
There's no need to take special precautions to protect your eyes to view the total lunar eclipse, just look up in the sky and enjoy it. Assuming the weather cooperates.
Winnebago County Airbnb Hosts Earned $676,000 in 2018
There are now over 8,000 Illinois residents who share their homes as Airbnb hosts, with Winnebago hosts typically earning about $5,000 annually in supplemental income.
Discovery Center Sets New Attendance Record
Rockford's Discovery Center welcomed visitors from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and several foreign countries, with two-thirds of non-member visitors coming from outside the city of Rockford.
Naperville Fire & PD Rescue Boy From Frozen Pond
Naperville fire and police rescued an 11-year-old boy who had fallen through the ice of a retention pond Sunday.
FDA Recalls 9 Brands of Dry Dog Food For Toxicity
The FDA is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about several recalls in dry dog foods after receiving complaints that the dogs consuming these brands experienced vitamin D toxicity.
Rockford’s ‘Stroll on State’ By The Numbers
Stroll on State attracted an estimated 87,500 visitors to downtown Rockford, up 6 percent over 2017.
Rockford Family Puts Up A Very Cool Synced-Light Display
If you think you've got to take a road trip into the burbs to catch a high-tech, light-synced Christmas light display, Rockford's Andrew Plett is going to save you some gas money.
Take A Look At How Rockford’s Doing With Credit Card Debt
The debt picture is worrisome nationwide, but some areas have bigger payment problems than others according to WalletHub’s report on the Cities with the Most & Least Credit Card Debt.
So, What is Illinois’ Favorite Christmas Movie?
After reading the list, I may have to move to Wisconsin or Missouri since my favorite Christmas movie is also a favorite in those two states.