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.
The Rockford Rivets Are Back In Action July 1st
Not that there's anything wrong with watching South Korean baseball (it's actually really fun), but if you've been missing the American version on a local level, you're in luck.
Sen. Dave Syverson Urges Governor To Revise Restore Illinois Plan
Calling it an arbitrary timeline, State Senator Dave Syverson and Republican colleagues, have asked Governor Pritzker to move up the date for Phase-4 reopening.
Casino Gambling May Return To Illinois Later This Month
Estimates peg Illinois' casino losses during the COVID-19 lockdown at nearly $100 million. Today, the Illinois Gaming Board will meet to talk about reopening strategies.
Here’s What Illinoisans Prefer On Their Barbecue Grill
The team at Grill Cook Bake surveyed over 3,900 Americans, asking them about their favorite grilled food, how they like their steak cooked, and if they prefer hamburgers or hot dogs.
JC Penney Is Closing 5 Illinois Stores, Including Freeport
J.C. Penney will begin closing 154 of its stores next week in what it is calling the first phase of its efforts to shrink its footprint.
Congressman Adam Kinzinger On Protests, National Guard
We asked 16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger for his thoughts on the protests and rioting in the aftermath of George Floyd's murder by Minneapolis police.
AMC Theatres: We Might Not Be Able To Stay In Business
The parent company of Rockford's ShowPlace 16 and Machesney Park's ShowPlace 14, is the largest movie theater chain in the world.
Amazon, Target, Walmart, Apple Make Changes Due To Looting
Nationwide unrest in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has prompted some major retailers to scale back deliveries and close stores.
COVID-19 Test Sites Closed Today Across Illinois
Given the current charged social atmosphere, you might not plan on going out much until things settle down. If you planned on getting a COVID-19 test today, you've got one less reason to head out.
Illinois Is the State With The Most Coronavirus Restrictions
Whether you've been happily complying, or bristling and rebelling, WalletHub says there's no denying that Illinois leads the nation in COVID-19 restrictions.