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.
Illinois’ Most Expensive Homes Can Be Found In These Suburbs
So let's say that the current economic climate has no hold over you, and you're looking to spend some serious money rather than doing everything you can to stretch what you have (like so many of us are doing). You've decided to drop serious cash on a house.
New Study Crunches Numbers, Names Illinois’ Best Counties To Live In
Pick a county, any county. In the State of Illinois, you've got 102 of them to choose from, but according to a new study, 25 of them are better than the other 77. Our own Winnebago County finds itself in the top 25.
Do We Have Monsters In Illinois? Reports Go Back Almost 400 Years
Not long ago, I was doing some shopping when I overheard a conversation between a little girl (I'm guessing she was about 7 or 8) and her dad about monsters. In particular, whether or not we have monsters in Illinois.
Lots Of People Are Leaving Illinois–Here’s What They Miss Most
It's no secret that Illinois is losing population at a pretty good clip, and that we lead the Midwest in something called "outbound migration," which is just a fancy way of saying "residents heading for the exits."
Outrage! Rockford’s Near The Bottom On List Of Best Grilling Cities
You ever had one of those moments when something goes badly and you worry that it might be your fault? I'm having one of those moments now as I think about Rockford's poor showing in a ranking of the best cities for outdoor grilling in America.
Illinois Gets A Great Ranking In List Of The Most Fun States
The next time you hear someone say that they need to get out of here and go someplace fun, you can point out that "fun" and "Illinois" are not necessarily mutually-exclusive terms.
This Plant is Now Flowering In Illinois–And It Can Kill You
It's known by many names; devil's bread, devil's porridge, poison parsley, carrot fern, California fern, winter fern, and others--but you've probably heard the name before.
Rockford And The Midwest Prefer Cars To Be This Color
We may love all the colors under the rainbow overall, but when it comes to the color of our cars here in the Rockford area, throughout Illinois and the entire Midwest, we're a lot more boring about colors than we might think.
Here’s Why There’s A Truck In A Tree On Highway 43 Outside Beloit
If you've ever found yourself traveling on Route 43 about eight miles outside of Beloit near mile marker 6 and the Clinton exit, you've seen the Truck In The Tree.
How Many Illinois Kids Have Died Being Left In A Hot Car?
Of course, the answer to that question is obviously "too many." This sort of tragedy is completely avoidable, and should never, ever happen. Not even once. But it has, and it still does.