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 73rd birthday to the legendary Linda Ronstadt! Linda Ronstadt – Oo Baby Baby Of course, the original was recorded by The Miracles in 1965, but when Linda Ronstadt released her cover of it in 1978, she took it to new heights and it peaked at #7 on the Hot 100! Remember her performance with…read more »
Jane Child – Don’t Wanna Fall In Love Canadian Jane Child went to #2 for 3 consecutive weeks with her hit, “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love” from her eponymous debut album, in 1990. This was actually the second single released after, “Welcome To The Real World” did nothing. One of the most impressive parts of…read more »
What is the difference between a porter and a stout? A porter is essentially a name for a dark beer, brewed with brown malts and well-hopped. It’s suggested that the name “porter” derived from the street and river porters that would bring these ingredients and or the brew, itself, from one place to another. A…read more »
Terence Trent d’Arby – Wishing Well “Wishing Well” was the second single released from TTD’Arby’s debut album, ‘Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby’. His style and sound could have easily been mistaken for that of Prince in certain times of his career. Smooth, pop, soul that stood out from the other tracks of…read more »