Hi, I'm Mandy James. I'm a proverbial Midwestern girl that was born and raised in Minnesota don't chya know, but thanks to radio, I now call Illinois home. I fell in love with radio at a very young age; my career actually began when I was just 5 years old. I would walk around my grandma's house, pretending to be a DJ while interviewing people with her curling iron. Shortly after I turned 6, I decided to take a 24-year hiatus to get my act together and finally landed my first real job in radio as a polka DJ when I was 30. After spinning records and reading farm news for 5 years, I finally ended up here, in Rockford, where I enjoy doing things such as taking long naps on the couch, eating carbs and watching Netflix. Sometimes I like to do all three at the same time. I also love waking up with you every weekday morning on the Steve Shannon Show from 5:30 to 10 a.m. Thank you for making me part of your day.
Wisconsin Moves Forward With Plans to Drug Test Food Stamp Recipients
Wisconsin is about to become the first state to drug test adults that are applying for food stamps. Should Illinois do the same?
Ho, Ho, OH; Former Rockford News Anchor, Whitney Martin, is Expecting Her First Child
It looks like Whitney Martin's Christmas present is on back order until Mother's Day.
Rockford Named One of the Most Magical Christmas Towns in Illinois
Who says you need snow for a magical Christmas? Not Rockford.
A New Home Will Cost You Much Less on These 9 Rockford Streets
Looking to purchase in home in Rockford? You'll want to look for real estate listings on these streets first.
10 Illinois Cities That Are Worse Than Rockford
Suddenly Rockford doesn't seem like a bad place after all.
10 Wisconsin Infants are Owners of a Deer Hunting License Under New Law
We're not really sure why babies need a hunting license, but OK.
People Can’t Stop Breaking the Law at This Machesney Park Intersection
Green means go, but only if you're in the correct lane at this Machesney Park intersection.
This Rockford Deer Crossing Sign is Worth Slowing Down For
We've never seen this kind of deer before, have you?
Rockford Third Grader’s Persuasive Writing Assignment is So Convincing You’ll Want to Get …
This Rockford third grader's persuasive writing assignment is so good that you'll be convinced to get your own kids another dog.
Fred VanVleet is Giving Thanks to Rockford With Free Turkeys for Needy Families
This weekend Rockford Native and NBA player, Fred VanVleet, is supplying turkeys for families in need. Find out where and when.