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.
Walmart Is Offering Free Thanksgiving Dinner
With millions of Americans (including thousands here in the Rockford area) suffering financially due to the pandemic, it's nice to see partnerships develop with the goal of helping people through this mess.
Rockford Pro-Am Pulls The Plug On 2021 Tournament
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced organizers of the Rockford Pro-Am to cancel the tournament this year, thoughts and planning started on the 2021 Pro-Am.
Space X Commander Is A University of Illinois Grad
Crew commander Mike Hopkins, 51, is an Air Force colonel and former space station resident who grew up on a hog and cattle farm in Missouri. He played football for the University of Illinois and, before becoming an astronaut in 2009, worked at the Pentagon.
Stroll On State Puts Out The Call For Volunteers
If you've been spending more time locked-in at home than you'd care to, here's a great chance to not only get out of the house, but also lending a helping hand with a great community event.
Who’s Closed On Thanksgiving Day? Let’s Take A Look
Every year, without fail, the debate breaks out over whether or not different businesses should open their doors to customers on Thanksgiving Day.
Travel Group Says Illinois Thanksgiving Travel Will Be Way Down
The line of cars heading over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house will be a lot shorter this Thanksgiving, according to AAA Chicago.
If You’ve Got A Ring Doorbell, You’ll Want To Know About This
Amazon’s Ring is recalling roughly 350,000 doorbells due to fire hazard after the company received multiple reports of injuries and property damage, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Illinois Facebook Users Have 2 Weeks Left To Apply For Settlement
As part of a $650 million dollar settlement to a class-action lawsuit, claimants may be eligible for payments of between $200-$400, depending on the number of valid claims filed.
A Surprising Number Of Americans Have Never Seen A Cow
A new survey of young Americans between the ages of 11 and 24 has provided a somewhat shocking statistic (at least to those of us in the Midwest).
Want To Get Out Of Rockford? Cruise Lines Need Volunteers
If you're tired of being locked-down during the pandemic, don't want to hang around the Midwest for another frigid winter, and you don't mind taking on the role of guinea pig, some cruise lines would like a word.