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 2019 will mark my 18th 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 28 years, with two (now grown) children, Spencer (who does voice-overs for audio books and commercial voice-over work, too), and Molly (a graduate of 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.
Another Day, Another Recall: Cheese Nips
Spinach, romaine lettuce, and meat recalls are bad enough. But Cheese Nips? Now I'm concerned.
New Study Ranks Illinois Drivers, Roads, Infrastructure
Quote Wizard compiled information from all 50 states, measuring the quality of road infrastructure, distracted driving fatality rates and insurance rates among other things.
‘Christmas For Vets’ Is Looking For Some Cookie Help
Bob Theroux, chaplain for the Rockford Chapter of Vietnam2Now started "Christmas For Vets" in 2001, and it's grown a lot since then.
The Secret Sister Gift Exchange Is Back–And Illegal
The “Secret Sister” gift exchange (SSGE) campaign quickly became popular in 2015 through Facebook posts, and remains popular (and still illegal) in 2019.
Local Fundraising Effort Turns Out To Be A Scam
If someone's recently hit you up for a donation to the Ellis Elementary basketball team, there's something you should know.
Here’s Where To Get Warm During This Super-Cold Weather
As I write this, Rockford's current temperature is 10 degrees, with a "feels like," or windchill of 5 below zero.
Twitter Reacts To The Midwest’s Halloween Snowstorm
Halloween 2019 has got it all. Some serious cold, lots of wind to make it feel even colder, and let's not forget the snow and ice.
What Was The Most Popular Candy The Year You Were Born?
I figure with Halloween upon us, you may have been giving at least a little bit of thought to the topic of candy.
NASA Releases Solar Jack-O-Lantern Photo For Halloween
Who knew that the folks at NASA had such a good sense of humor?
Rockford’s Crime Rate Is Down Compared To Last Year
Compared to the 1st nine months of 2018, violent crimes, property crimes, robberies, aggravated assaults, shots fired and auto thefts are all down.