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.
The RACVB Has Some Great Ideas For Fall Fun
The Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB) knows pretty much every spot where Fall fun and adventure is taking place--and they're sharing.
Would You Welcome This Festival to Rockford?
Folks in Bunol, Spain get together every year and throw 30,000 pounds of tomatoes at each other in an event they call "La Tomatina." Well, we have tomatoes here, too.
Revised Illinois Law Frees Cops to Rescue Suffering Dogs and Cats
Despite near-constant warnings and advisories about not leaving dogs and cats to suffer in extreme heat or cold, it still happens with alarming frequency.
Stillman’s Bill Polasky is a Finalist For Illinois Teacher of the Year
The Stillman Valley social studies teacher has been named among the best in the state, according to the Illinois Board of Education.
Can You Pronounce These Illinois Town Names?
According to OnlyInYourState, if you can accurately pronounce these Illinois town names--you've lived in Illinois too long. Let's find out.
Beloit College Releases 21st Annual ‘Mindset List’
With those who were born in 2000 starting their first year in college, Beloit College's annual Mindset List takes a look back at the last 18 years.
Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Cake is Coming to Rockford
Illinois officially celebrates our bicentennial on December 3rd, but the birthday cake celebrations take place on August 26th in 7 Illinois cities including Rockford.
IllinoisTop200 Voters Name Dick Van Dyke Illinois’ Top Actor
He was Rob Petrie, Bert the Chimney Sweep, Caractacus Potts and countless other characters. Now Dick Van Dyke’s latest role is top actor in Illinois history.
Visitor Spending in Rockford Area Sets New Record
Visitor spending in Rockford and Winnebago County reached an all-time high of $383.7 million in 2017, an increase of 8.3 percent over 2016.
Retired Illinois Cop Gets Long-Lost Badge Back
A badge lost for 30 years, a memorabilia hunter, and a chance listing on eBay combined to return a former Glenview cop's piece of history.