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.
Delays, Closures Possible At Starved Rock Over Labor Day Weekend
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) says to arrive early in the day and be alert for traffic delays and parking closures at Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks this Labor Day weekend.
Death Of Illinois Resident Being Linked To Vaping
The individual, who recently vaped, has died after being hospitalized with a severe respiratory illness, the Illinois Department of Public Health said.
Labor Day Gas Prices Could Be ‘Lowest In Years’
Gas prices for the holiday weekend are lining up to be the lowest in 2-3 years. But...there are still a number of factors that could push prices higher before the holiday.
Governor Pritzker To Sign Recreational Weed Bill Into Law Today
Governor Pritzker campaigned on it, and today at a news conference in Chicago, he plans on signing recreational marijuana into law.
Illinois Gets High Ranking On List Of Most Fun States
As an Illinoisan, you're living in a state that's probably a lot more fun that you thought, at least according to a new study.
CDC Says Kissing Bugs Have Moved North, Including Illinois
After reading about what these little critters do, I think we'd all prefer to be overrun with "friend zone" bugs.
What Would It Take For Illinoisans To Dump Netflix?
As Netflix’s competition grows, so does speculation about what would make subscribers cancel. Geek.com, a tech and pop culture site, decided to find out first-hand.
Puppies Found In Wisconsin Trash Can Are Ready For Adoption
56 year old Robert Wild, of Marshfield, Wisconsin, was arrested for allegedly stuffing the puppies in a garbage bag and discarding them in a garbage can.
Chicago Named ‘Most Corrupt Big City’ In America
I'm sure you've jumped to your feet shouting "I'm shocked to hear this! Shocked, I tell you!" However, if you've lived in Illinois for more than 8 minutes--it's not very surprising.
American Lung Association Says Illinois Lagging on Cutting Smokes
In a new report titled “State of Tobacco Control,” the American Lung Association gives Illinois grades in funding for smoking cessation and prevention programs, tobacco taxation and access to existing quit-smoking services.