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.
Arlington Heights Board: We Could Reject Bears’ Stadium Plans
As you're probably aware, there's been a huge amount of discussion and anticipation regarding the Chicago Bears potentially relocating to a as-yet-to-be-built stadium complex in Arlington Heights--but it's important to remember that it's not a done-deal quite yet.
“It Sucks!” Angry NFL Rips Into Soldier Field’s Terrible Turf Conditions
There are flags all over the field! It looks like it's going to be a penalty on the Chicago Bears. The referee has conferred with the other on-field officials, and here he comes to announce the call:
Naperville Woman Takes 2nd Place In Nathan’s Hot Dog Contest
Naperville's Sara Rodriguez (pictured on the far right) ate more hot dogs in 10 minutes than Joe Dredge and I have eaten collectively in the last two years. Well, more than me, anyway.
Blackhawks’ Announcer Pat Foley Says Next Season Is His Last
Chicago sports is losing another play-by-play man, but not to another team. When Len Kasper announced he was leaving the Cubs, it was to move to the White Sox. Pat Foley seems to be calling it a career.
Watch This Mom Make An Amazing Catch At The Cubs-Padres Game
I think most of us who've been to a Major League Baseball game held onto the hope that at some point we'd get a chance to catch a foul ball, or better yet, a home run shot.
Steve McMichael Says ALS Diagnosis Has Brought Out Fraudsters
The announcement a few days back that Chicago Bears legend Steve McMichael has been diagnosed with ALS (or, as it's more commonly know, Lou Gehrig's Disease) was met with shock and surprise by Bears fans across Illinois and the nation.
22 Illinois Billionaires Make Forbes Richest List
I always look forward to reading the annual Forbes "World Billionaire's List." It's the reading equivalent of binge-watching Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. I don't even mind that my chances of making the billionaires list is just about the same as it was being adored on camera by Robin Leach.
Can You Drink Alcohol After Getting The COVID Vaccine?
Let's say you've done everything that's been asked of you. You paid attention to the information regarding availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, made your appointment, and got the shots. Can you celebrate with a beer, cocktail, or glass of wine?
Chicago Says Cubs Can Sell 2000 More Tickets Per Game
Last season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nobody took anybody out to the ballgame anywhere in the country except for the last rounds of the playoffs and World Series when Texas allowed a few thousand fans into Globe Life Field in Arlington.
Michael Jordan’s Golf Course Has A Beer Delivery Drone
Okay, so you're (arguably) the greatest basketball player of all-time, a highly successful business man, and a billionaire. What do you do to one-up the rest of humanity?