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Riley O'Neil

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.
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Travel Blog Publishes Their Illinois Bucket List For Your Summer Stay-Cation

If you think that you'll have to come up with some big bucks to enjoy a vacation in some far-flung exotic spot, you're probably right. However, you can save those dollars with an Illinois-based "stay-cation," because we've got lots of things to see and do right here without breaking your budget (although, to be honest, Illinois has some really pricey things, too).

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Eight Illinois Restaurants Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives

There are times when it seems that Guy Fieri's voice is heard more often in my house than mine is. That's cool with me, as we are unabashed "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" fans, and have been since the show came along in 2007. If you're a fan too, you may or may not know that there have been multiple Illinois restaurants featured on the show.

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It’s Never Too Early to Talk About Another Cubs Spring Training Trip

In March of this year, I was lucky enough to host an outstanding group of folks as we made the trek out to Mesa, Arizona, for Chicago Cubs spring training. The trip, which ran March 8th through the 12th, was put together by our good friend (and diehard Cubs fan) Tony Caruana at Lindstrom Travel. We had such a good time that we're going to do it again in 2018.

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Rockford Has Some Awesome Fireworks, But Japan Holds the Record for the Biggest

If you're a lover of fireworks (and really, how could you not be?), you know that we've got it pretty good here in the Rockford area. You've got all kinds of spots that will be filling the skies with color and sound. Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Cherry Valley, Byron, Durand, and so many more are all going to deliver big this Independence Day.

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Maine Attraction water ski show team performs at Number One Pond in Sanford
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Happy 50th Anniversary to the Ski Broncs!

In case you weren't already aware, one of the Rockford/Loves Park/Machesney Park area's greatest groups is turning 50 this year. Not a musical group, but a super-talented and dedicated group of water skiers who've been delighting audiences with free shows every summer.

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Singer and Hononegah Grad Danielle Juhre May be the Next Big Thing

23 year old Hononegah grad Danielle Juhre is on a roll. She's been singing to great acclaim for several years at lots of local events, now performing at this Friday's Rockford City Market, Saturday at Franchesco's, then it's on to a little get-together known as Milwaukee's Summerfest.

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Sister of Missing Loves Park Woman Asks For Community Help

You've probably seen the news stories, or the flyers, or the billboard at Riverside and Forest Hills. Emily Anderson, a 25 year old Loves Park woman, has been missing since Sunday, June 18th, and as you might imagine, her family is desperate for information on her.

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