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.
Live From Decorah, Iowa–It’s Must-See Eagle TV
It's that time of year once again. The time when my wife Amy gets totally involved in watching how another mom is raising her kids. Except the other mom is a bald eagle living in Iowa.
How Gambling Addicted is Illinois?
I'd be willing to wager a small sum that our state is a lot more into rolling the dice than you might imagine.
Rockford’s March Home Sales Best in 12 Years
355 properties were sold in March of this year, the largest total number since 534 homes were sold in March of 2007.
Illinois Senate: Fine Students For Social Media Threats
If a new bill in the Illinois Senate makes its way through the process and becomes law, Illinois students who threaten a school with violence will be forced to pay for the emergency response.
Texting While Driving Penalties in Illinois May Get Tougher
It's illegal here in Illinois to text and drive, but to be honest, I see it happening all day, every day.
Chicago Sets New Record for 2018 Tourism
And they did it during some seriously cold weather.
Are Millennials Happy in Illinois?
Now, if you're feeling snarky, you probably asked yourself "Are they happy anywhere?"
Lemon Cake Triumphantly Returns to Portillo’s
Last year, people went crazy after Portillo's re-introduced their previously discontinued lemon cake. This year, Portillo's would like to see you go crazy all over again.
Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara’s ‘My Water Pledge’ Challenge
The mayor is challenging local residents to take the "My Water Pledge" to conserve water and potentially walk off with some cool prizes.
Dixon K9 Police Officer Receives Body Armor
The Dixon Police Department's K9 officer Hery (pronounced "Harry") is on the receiving end of a charitable donation that will help keep him safe and on the job.