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!!
Cher – Just Like Jesse James Cher’s nineteenth album. ‘Heart Of Stone’ had a massive hit in 1989 when it was released, “If I Could Turn Back Time”, which was also an MTV staple. The following single broke the Top 10 and peaked at #8, “Just Like Jesse James”. If you know Desmond Child and…read more »
Yo! I’ve been busy, burned out and a bit bummed as September isn’t a good month for me. Especially after last year, losing a good friend from the radio biz and my best friend since High School in a freak accident a week later. After that, my grandmother-in-law passed. Having that on my mind, I…read more »
Christine McVie – Got A Hold On Me Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie released her second solo album, ‘Christine McVie’ in 1984. The lead single, “Got A Hold On Me” is her only Top 10 in the U.S. Steve Winwood adds synthesizer to the song while co-writer, Todd Sharpe, plays guitar with Christine’s Fleetwood Mac bandmate,…read more »
Bread – Guitar Man Released in July of 1972, six months before I was born, Bread’s “Guitar Man” was a Top 20 single, peaking at #11 on the Hot 100. It was the title track of the album released that year. It topped the Easy Listening chart, just like the 2 singles before it, “If”…read more »
Legendary Meteorologist, Terry Swails released a statement on his http://tswails.com blog that his tenure at KGAN in Cedar Rapids had come to an and his contract was not renewed with Sinclair Broadcasting. This saddens me as I was a long-time watcher and fan of his style of delivering the weather, good or bad. I grew up in…read more »
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – Lost In Emotion Having already scored a #1 with “Head To Toe” earlier in 1987, the summer of the same year brought the band a second chart topper with “Lost In Emotion” from the same album, ‘Spanish Fly’. The song topped 3 charts – Hot 100, Hot Black Singles…read more »