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!!
David Bowie – Blue Jean From his follow-up album to the smash ‘Let’s Dance’ album, ‘Tonight’ was a rushed record due to Bowie not being able to write while on the tour that was ‘Let’s Dance’. I’m a big Bowie fan, but even this one was a disappointment, in my opinion. Bowie never really cared…read more »
The strongest beer in the world is “Snake Venom,” brewed by Scottish brewery Brewmeister. It is 67.5% alcohol by volume (abv). For comparison, most vodka is 40% abv, with beers typically between 3% and 10% abv. Yikes! Empyrean Brewing Company’s Pitched Blue I like to grab a good selection of beers when I get out.…read more »
Johnny Rivers – Rockin’ Pneumonia – Boogie Woogie Flu Originally, this song was a minor hit (#52) in 1957 for Huey “Piano” Smith as Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu. However, it was this cover by Johnny Rivers in 1972 with the legendary “Wrecking Crew” musicians that is the most memorable. It peaked at #6…read more »
Information Society – What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy) A band out of Minneapolis, MN, Information Society was a late synth-pop group focused on upbeat dance music. Released on the band’s eponymous album from 1988, the biggest hits and most memorable song is, “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)”, which peaked at #3 on the…read more »
Bob Welch – Ebony Eyes This is the second single from his ‘French Kiss’ album, released in 1978. The song peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100! This was a great feeling for Bob as this is his first solo album after leaving Fleetwood Mac. By the way, an unknown singer by the name…read more »
Last year I blogged about the album released in 1987, celebrating their 30th anniversary. I’ll do the same in 2018 with the albums that came out this year! Hope you enjoy the memories! TWENTY-SIX: LIVING COLOUR – Vivid (May 3) This is the band’s debut and because of MTV airplay and radio, “Cult Of Personality”…read more »