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Riley O'Neil

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 this year will mark 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). 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.
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Beer Falls Off Truck in Joliet, Citizens Help Themselves, Toast Driver

It seems that about three times a year, we'll see a story about how the back doors of a money-laden armored car just "flew open" on a turnpike someplace, dumping cash all over the roadway, much to the delight of passers-by. Well, if you can't find free cash on the streets, you might as well have some beer.

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Forget the East Coast Snow, Remember the Chicago Blizzard of 1967?

Over the past few days, we've been treated to a lot of news about snow. First, the Rockford area got some long-overdue snow to (hopefully) wrap up the season. Then, over the last two days we've been bombarded with news about the blizzard on the east coast. But, how many of us remember the Big Snow, or the Chicago Blizzard of 1967?

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When You Outlaw Butter, Outlaws Will Come to Illinois to Get It

Our friends to the north in Wisconsin take a few things pretty seriously. Things like: Packers football, string cheese and fireworks roadside stands, Packers football, other types of cheese sold at roadside stands, beer, sausage, cheese  hats, and of course, Packers football. Oh yeah, and butter. They take butter very, very seriously.

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What D.I.Y. Projects Send Illinoisans to Google For Help?

Maybe you're an expert Do-It-Yourself (DIY) kind of person. You know, the sort of individual that just has the skill to handle any and all projects. The sort of person who snorts when someone says "I Googled how to do ________." Or, maybe you're like me (and millions of others like me) who head straight for the world's foremost authority on everything to help you when you can't make heads or tails of what you're doing.

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Rockford’s Burger Kings Are a Lot Tamer Than Israel’s on Valentine’s Day

Granted, your idea (or, more importantly, your Valentine's idea) of a romantic Valentine's Day meal probably doesn't include the words Burger King--however, in Israel, they're hoping a Valentine's Day promotion will change your mind.

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