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.
Illinois Considers Law Limiting Amount Of Balloons You Can Release
Divers finding balloons in Lake Michigan and Girl Scouts spending their time picking up balloon debris in the Chicago suburbs led to Illinois State Representative Sam Yingling putting forth Illinois House Bill 418 (HB-418).
Iowa Man Claims To Have Taken Photos Of Bigfoot
It seems as though we just can't get away from Bigfoot. It was a little over a week ago that Joe Dredge wrote a piece on this site about a Bigfoot and Bigfoot baby possibly being filmed in Michigan.
Survey Names Chicago Bears Fans As Being Among The Booziest
I've always thought that if we purchased (in abundance) the products that are pitched to us during the course of an NFL game, we'd all have several large pickup trucks, and they'd all be filled with beer.
Portillo’s Is Worth Nearly $3 Billion Dollars, Plans To Go Public
Judging by the popularity of Portillo's here in Rockford, I've got to assume at least half that $3 billion came from the Mulford Village Drive location. I know that my family is good for probably 3 trips to Portillo's a month.
How To Tell The Difference Between Fireworks And Gunshots
Over the last couple of years, my wife has looked at me while we're sitting on our patio and asked this question: "Were those gunshots or firecrackers and fireworks?"
There’s A Lot Of Talk That The Chicago Bears Are Going To Be Sold
Yesterday, the buzz started to grow about some apparent strife within the McCaskey family that may eventually wind up with the Chicago Bears being sold.
It Looks Like Arby’s Is Saying Goodbye To Potato Cakes
In the interests of full disclosure, most times when I hear about a fast food restaurant deciding to discontinue a certain menu item, I really don't care. At all. If there ever was discontinued food that I loved, I've long ago forgotten about it.
Streaming Services Want You To Stop Sharing Passwords Right Now
I was just reading about how streaming services are hauling in about $120 billion per year from their subscribers, but they're mad as hell about the billions more they lose from account passwords being passed around, and they're not going to take it anymore.
Let’s Take A Look At Where You Need A Mask, Where You Don’t
Thursday's announcement by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask or stay 6 feet apart from others in most cases, whether indoors or outdoors, has been met with some confusion.
Midwestern Woman Becomes Oldest Living American
Here's the thing about becoming the oldest person in the United States--it's not a title that one gets to hold on to for very long.