I was born in De Witt, IA. My parents are big music fans and musicians, themselves. I’ve been listening to music as long as I can remember. Dad is also a collector, as I am. We love vinyl! It’s THE best way to really enjoy listening to music. We both have lots of records. I also collect CDs, reels, cassettes, 78s, etc. If it has music on it, I want it!
I became interested in music as a kid. Listened to Spike At the Mike on, what was then, KIIK 104 FM, in Davenport. He went on to greatness and became a broadcasting legend at the big WGN in Chicago. When I found him on Facebook, I “friended” him and told him that he was my inspiration to become a broadcaster. He then, politely, apologized for doing so.
I worked my first gigs in the Quad Cities. Top 40 morning show, overnights and weekends at a rock station, briefly on an Adult CHR, then to a Classic Hits format. I got out of radio in 1996 after my first child, a daughter, was born.
While being in retail management for about 10 years, I was still listening to radio. Iowa, Arizona, Minnesota stations. I always heard myself saying, “I can still do that! I’m better than that guy!” Well, whether I was or not, I still loved radio for what it was. The history, the sound, the music – everything.
After having 3 kids ( 1 girl and 2 boys), and then starting another relationship, I married my best friend. We dated 11 years earlier and lost touch for ten years. Fate played it’s hand and we had another child, a boy.
I decided to try getting back into radio broadcasting in 2008, while living in Marion. I sent in my info and air-checks and was offered a position here, on 105-7 KOKZ! I’ve been here ever since doing any and all shifts and loving every minute of it! My life is pretty great now! Great wife, kids and career!
Thanks for listening along! I appreciate it!!
Happy birthday to little Leo Sayer! He’s 71 today! Leo Sayer – Long Tall Glasses Leo Sayer’s second album, ‘Just A Boy’ is a benchmark release for his career. “Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance)” became it’s biggest hit, peaking at # 9 on the Hot 100 in 1974 and it was one of the…read more »
Van Stephenson – Modern Day Delilah Going back to 1984 and Van Stephenson’s second release. It was his biggest Top 40 hit, peaking #22! He had other hits earlier in his career on the country charts, like his first hit as a songwriter. he wrote Crystal Gale’s “Your Kisses Will” in 1979. That just broke…read more »
England Dan & John Ford Coley – Love Is The Answer Written by Todd Rundgren and recorded by his band, Utopia in 1977, this version of “Love Is The Answer” was recorded and released as single by England Dan & John Ford Coley in 1979. It peaked at #10 on the Hot 100 and Coley was…read more »
I apologize but this week has been very busy. Besides the move to new studios, I have been dealing with a water main shut-off valve in my yard and am still trying to figure out how to fix it. Besides that, another family member passed early this morning and plans for another funeral are in…read more »
Clapton plays the Royal Albert Hall pretty often and will do multiple nights at a time. Last night, he broke out Prince & The Revolution’s “Purple Rain”. It’s fairly well known that Clapton was a fan of Prince’s ability in guitar playing. In an interview some years back, Clapton was asked, “What’s it like being…read more »