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.
Here’s How Much Snow Northern Illinois Might Get This Winter
One thing is guaranteed about winter in Northern Illinois, and that's snow (cold, too now that I think about it). Some years it comes heavy, other years not so much. Read on to see how much you'll be needing to grab your shovel in the next few months.
Illinois Gets A Good Look At Two Meteor Showers In December
Sometimes weather just doesn't cooperate when you want to stand outside at night at catch a really cool meteor shower taking place overhead, and you miss it. Well, in December you'll have not one, but two different opportunities to see the last meteor showers of 2023, so the weather odds are good you'll get a peek yourself.
Mailing Holiday Gifts From Illinois? Here’s When To Send Them Out
When you've gone to the time and trouble of grabbing up, wrapping, and then packaging Christmas presents to send to friends and family scattered around the country, missing your holiday shipping deadlines can be a real bummer. So let's not.
Cantaloupes Sold In Illinois Being Recalled Over Salmonella Fears
These recalled cantaloupes, sold in Illinois and 9 other states and Canada, may have also reached other states, too. Make sure to check your fridge, because salmonella isn't something to play around with.
Spelling Troubles: These Are The Words Illinoisans Struggle With
No matter who you are, there's every chance that there's a word or two that you struggle to spell correctly. Here in Illinois, there are far more words than just a couple that we have some real problems getting right.
Banning Right Turn On Red In Illinois? Here’s Why It Could Happen
Up until around 50 years ago, there were only a few western states that allowed a right turn to be made at a red light or stop sign. That all changed when the oil embargo/crisis that happened in the middle 70s prompted the federal government to push all states into changing their right turn on red laws.
An Illinois City Is Considering Building A Commercial Spaceport
With spaceports scattered throughout the country, this Illinois city is taking part in a study to see if their airport meets the FAA requirements for a potential one of their own.
If Someone Steals Your Illinois Plate, Can You Get In Trouble?
You'd think that this would be an easily answered question. If my plate, or plates were stolen, I'd probably think of myself as being the victim in that scenario. However, an Aurora man found out that things sometimes are just not that clear-cut.
Weird Cheese Laws? Wisconsin Has Got Plenty Of Them
Not that our state, which has laws against mispronouncing Joliet as Jolly-ette, or giving dogs a cigar has anything to look down its nose at, but our friends behind the cheddar curtain have some interesting ideas about cheese legalities and other things.
Why Warming Up Your Car Is Both Legal And Illegal In Illinois
Every year at this time, you'll probably hear someone weigh in on the topic of letting the car idle in the driveway long enough to get the defroster and the heater working; is it okay to do that, or are you facing some trouble?