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.
While Rockford Stays Green, This Town Gets All the Snow
You could take a small fraction of the snow received in Redfield, New York and still have more snow than Rockford gets in a year.
A Record Number Expected to Hit the Road this Thanksgiving
In the interests of full disclosure, my grandmother didn't have the decency to live over the river.
How Much Should You Spend on the Holiday Season?
If you're one of those organized folks who's spent some time with a calculator figuring out your holiday budget down to the last red cent, congratulations.
Check Out These Filmed-in-Illinois Horror Movies for Halloween
At this writing, Halloween is exactly one week away. In case you haven't lined up your horror-movie viewing list yet (assuming you screen scary movies to celebrate the season), how about a few that were filmed right here in Illinois?
Website Declares Rockford to be the 5th Most Dangerous City in America
While we get many things right here in Rockford, studies continue to say that crime is the real albatross around our city's neck.
In a State with Plenty of Weird Festivals, Lombard’s Might be the Most Bizarre
The Land of Lincoln plays host to some of the more offbeat festivals in the Midwest. For example, we have the Turkey Testicle Festival in Byron, the International Horseradish Festival in Collinsville, the Popeye Picnic in Chester, and the Superman Celebration in Metropolis. Next month, Lombard will …
Video Gambling Revenue In Illinois Is On the Rise
The money from video gambling terminals continues to roll in five years after video gambling was legalized in Illinois.
NIU Named to ‘Safest Colleges in America’ List
Northern Illinois University in Dekalb says that their number one priority is community safety.
Palos Heights Couple Claim Largest Lotto Jackpot in Illinois History
While the rest of the country had its eyes on a $700,000,000-plus jackpot a few days ago, a Palos Heights couple already knew they had big lottery money coming their way.
Checking the Health of Rockford’s Real Estate Market
Experts took a look at 300 real estate markets in America to rank the best and worst markets in the country. Where do you think Rockford ranks on the list?