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!!
Huey Lewis & The News – Walking On A Thin Line “Walking On A Thin Line” was the fifth and final single released from the multi-platinum selling ‘Sports’ album. The song is a commentary on the Vietnam war and the thoughts of the soldiers and vets during the war. The song peaked at #18 on…read more »
Before thermometers were invented, brewers would dip a thumb or finger into the mix to find the right temperature for adding yeast. Too cold, and the yeast wouldn’t grow. Too hot, and the yeast would die. This thumb in the beer is where “rule of thumb” comes from. Firetrucker Acova Black Walnut Iowa’s very own,…read more »
Sade – Smooth Operator Sade Ado turns 60 today and we are playing her biggest and most recognizable hit, “Smooth Operator”. A smooth jazz-pop song from the equally pop-jazz album ‘Diamond Life”. It topped the Adult Contemporary charts for 2 weeks in 1985 and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 the same year.read more »
Lynyrd Skynyrd – You Got That Right Celebrating the late Ronnie Van Zant on what would have been his 71st birthday. Reaching back to the ‘Street Survivors’, a song written by Ronnie and Steve Gaines, “You Got That Right” peaked at # 69 on the Hot 100, but is still one of the fans’ favorites.read more »
Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going It was on the ‘Love Zone’ album and the soundtrack to the movie, Jewel Of The Nile, “When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going” became an international hit for Billy Ocean. The movie was a sequel to Romancing The Stone, which was a…read more »