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!!
Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky From the seventh studio album, ‘Out Of The Blue’ from 1978, Jeff Lynne wrote this song while staying in a Swiss chalet. It was cold, cloudy and rainy for two weeks and he wasn’t getting any inspiration to write. He says, “It was dark and misty for 2…read more »
Here’s something most of you didn’t know. On January 3, 1961, everyone in Goldsboro, North Carolina had no idea that their town had almost been blown away by a nuclear bomb. A B-52 bomber carrying two Mark-39 Hydrogen bombs lost control and began to tailspin toward the city. Both pilots ejected before the plane crashed…read more »
Dave Edmunds – Slipping Away Dave Edmunds was more popular overseas, especially in his own country, the U.K. However, he did have two successful singles to hit the Top 40 in the states. “I Hear You Knocking” was his first big hit here but today’s Forgotten 45 peaked at number #39 on the Hot 100.…read more »
Sheena Easton – Strut One of Sheena Easton’s biggest hits is today’s Forgotten 45. Written by Charlie Dore (remember her big hit, “Pilot Of The Airwaves”?) and her longtime writing partner Julian Littman, Sheena recorded “Strut” for her ‘A Private Heaven’ album released in 1984. “Strut” was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female at the 27th Grammy…read more »
There are lots of song about or referencing the all-mighty dollar. ‘MONEY‘ BY PINK FLOYD, 1973 ‘SHE WORKS HARD FOR THE MONEY’ BY DONNA SUMMER, 1983 ‘RICH GIRL’ BY HALL AND OATES, 1976 ‘MONEY (THAT’S WHAT I WANT)’ BY BARRETT STRONG, 1960 FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY’ BY THE O’JAYS, 1973 ‘IF I HAD $1,000,000’ BY BARENAKED LADIES, 1993 And…read more »
Happy 75th Birthday Sly Stone! Sly & The Family Stone – I Want To Take You Higher This song was one of the highlights and memorable performances at Woodstock in the summer of 1969. It comes from the album, ‘Stand!” and it isn’t any sort of “message song”. It’s just about the feeling you get…read more »