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.
Dramatic Rescue Saves Chicago Window Washer
There are certain jobs you look at and say, "Nope. Never. Couldn't possibly do it." Washing windows on a Chicago Skyscraper is, for me, one of those jobs.
Illinois Officials Still Urging Caution With Blue-Green Algae
Most of the growth is harmless, but some can produce toxic chemicals that cause sickness in people and pets.
Tourism Is Adding Big Money To Local Economies
In 2018, travel provided $392 million in economic impact to Rockford and Winnebago County communities and supported the livelihood of 3,039 area residents.
Wisconsin Beer Recalled Due To ‘Explosion Risk’
The words "At Risk For Explosion" will pretty much guarantee a recall, no matter what your product is--with the exception of bombs, grenades, and/or fireworks.
Times Change: There’s A Hemp Display At The Illinois State Fair
No, it's not the kind you smoke. This is newly-legalized industrial hemp, the plant that for years was used for cloth, rope, and many other applications.
Illinois Secretary Of State Jesse White Says No To Re-election
Calling his current sixth term his "last tour of duty," Jesse White says he won't run for another term as Illinois' Secretary of State.
It’s 815 Day, So Here’s A List Of Things To Do Today
On 815 Day, we celebrate all things Rockford. So, there's got to be a lot going on, right? Let's take a look.
New Trend In Rockford: Falling Gas Prices
Gas Buddy says in the past month here in Rockford, gas prices have fallen over 30 cents per gallon.
Frontier Airlines Offers Free Flights–With A Slight Catch
Is your last name Green or Greene? If so, Frontier Airlines is giving you the chance to book a free flight this month.
Illinois State Fair Shows Off 800 Pound Butter Cow
You've got nearly half a ton of butter just lying around, so what do you do? If you're in the state fair business you get to work sculpting a cow, of course.