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.
Extreme Cold Weather Is Not Your Phone Battery’s Friend
That sudden and rapid decrease in your phone's battery life is not your imagination, and it doesn't necessarily mean that you need to replace the battery or phone. The culprit might just be this incredibly cold weather we're experiencing right now.
Pritzker Says Wear Your Mask And Distance For Another 150 Days
Now that you've got masks that match up with all of your different outfits and moods, it would be a real shame to get rid of them wouldn't it? Don't worry. It's not going to happen anytime soon.
Illinois Drivers License Facilities To Remain Closed Until 2021
So, you haven't been able to renew your driver's license and it is nearing an expiration date. Well, it turns out you don't have to stress about it.
Amazon Says They’re Looking To Hire 100,000 For The Holidays
There have been a lot of companies that have suffered during this pandemic, but Amazon has thrived, mainly due to home deliveries.
Governor Pritzker Announces New COVID-19 Guidelines
After our state announced over 1,900 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, Pritzker has announced new rules.
Noah’s Ark Water Park Closing For 2020 Due To COVID-19
The water park closed until further notice on August 1st after two employees tested positive for COVID-19. Now, the plug's been pulled for the rest of the year.
Expiration Date For Licenses, IDs, Stickers Extended To November
With the date moving from October 1st to November 1st, this extension includes Illinois licenses, cards and stickers with July, August and September expiration dates.
“Bruno” The Black Bear Now Appears To Be In Missouri
A little over a week ago, Joe Dredge posted a story on our website about a black bear from Wisconsin coming through Illinois on his way to Iowa. Instead of doubling back, the bear appears to be heading south.
Pritzker’s Executive Order Okays In-Person Summer School
Governor JB Pritzker's executive order okays limited in-person instructions at both public and private schools this summer.
Pritzker Says Crowd Limiting May Last Through Summer
The governor says that we may be "bending the curve" here in Illinois, but the cancellations and postponements may be here though the warm weather months.