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.
Rockford Family Puts Up A Very Cool Synced-Light Display
If you think you've got to take a road trip into the burbs to catch a high-tech, light-synced Christmas light display, Rockford's Andrew Plett is going to save you some gas money.
Time Lapse Videos Show Northern Illinois Snowfall
Now that you're probably done shoveling yourself out, let's check out some footage captured on Sunday around the area.
Beloit Cops Arrest Front-Porch Package Thieves
Around this time of year, lots and lots of packages are delivered to front doors--and there are plenty of folks out there waiting for the opportunity to grab them.
Winnebago County Republican Chairman Reacts to HQ Vandalism
The Winnebago County Republican party headquarters building was vandalized Saturday overnight with the words "rape" and "shame" spray painted all across the building.
Mountain Lion Reported in Wheaton
Money Magazine recently called Wheaton one of the best cities in Illinois. Apparently, a large cat has a subscription--and wants to check things out.
BBB’s Dennis Horton on Florence, Door-to-Door Scams
Dennis Horton, Director of the Rockford Regional Office of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), discusses two current scams working their way through the Rockford area.
In Honor of Hawk’s Retirement, His Angriest Moments on Video
Legendary Chicago White Sox play-by-play man Hawk Harrelson has called it a career, but some of these moments will last forever.
How Happy Are Illinoisans Compared to Other States?
Studies have found that good economic, emotional, physical, and social health are all key to a well-balanced and fulfilled life. So, how are we doing in Illinois?
Michigan Mom Takes Daughter’s Phone–Goes to Jail
When her daughter got into trouble at school, mom took the phone away as a disciplinary measure. Then, things went downhill fast.
ALDI is Looking to Fill 300 Rockford-Area Positions
This Wednesday and Thursday, ALDI is hosting hiring events to fill positions in their Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Freeport and Belvidere stores.