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.
Illinois’ Fireworks Ban Among Toughest in America
In 46 states, you can celebrate America's birthday with lots of brightly-colored fireworks. Illinois is among 4 states that still severely restrict it.
Heat is Melting Roads in the U.K. and Ireland–Maybe Here, Too?
With an excessive heat warning in effect for our area, you can't help but wonder...
Anderson Japanese Gardens Could Use Your Help
The recent heavy rains have taken a big toll on a lot of things, including one of our most beautiful spots.
Route 66 Named One of America’s Most Endangered Historical Places
A non-profit is lobbying to have the 2,400-mile-long network of existing roads named the 20th National Historic Trail in the United States.
Social Media In Illinois/Wisconsin Tracks Severe Weather
While we've gotten more than our share of rainfall in the Rockford area, other parts of the state were getting rain--and some other things.
Wisconsin Bear Cub Makes Human-Like Escape
After finding itself trapped in an under-construction home's basement, a Wisconsin bear cub decided to use a nearby human contraption to make an exit.
Rockford Has Doubled The Average June Rainfall Totals
If you've had to dump out your rain gauge several times this month, it's because June 2018 is now among the top 5 wettest Junes ever in the Rockford area.
This is Illinois’ (and America’s) Favorite Vegetable
Maybe you missed it, but Father's Day was also National Eat Your Vegetables Day.
Another Illinois Elected Official Heads to Prison
I know it's hard to believe, given our state's sterling reputation, that someone in elected office decided to screw over those responsible for electing them.
Naperville Sergeant Gets Hero Award for Saving Toddler
A one-year old toddler running alone down Route 59 could have ended tragically if it weren't for veteran Naperville Police Sgt. Anthony Mannino.