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!!
Pat Benatar – Promises In The Dark Pat Benatar’s third album was released in 1981 and eventually TOPPED the Billboard 200 Album chart! ‘Precious Time’ garnered two big singles – “Fire And Ice” (Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 1982) and “Promises In The Dark” which hit the Top 40 and peaked at…read more »
Toad The Wet Sprocket – All I Want From their highly successful 1991 album, ‘Fear’, this was an instant hit and peaked at # 15 on the Hot 100. It became on of the band’s most recognizable songs. The album reached #49 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums in September 1992, with two of the four singles charting in the…read more »
Since It’s a Holiday week, there won’t be a F45@45 on Thanksgiving, but I’ll be back on Friday with another forgotten tune to bring back some memories! In case you missed this week’s F45’s, here’s a video recap! All sponsored by Wax Xtatic Record Audio Stereo Shop/Odds and Ends in beautiful Marshalltown, IA! Monday / The…read more »
Firefall – Strange Way An excellent song from Firefall’s third album, ‘Elan”. That was really the only thing good about the release. “Strange Way” peaked at #11 in 1978 and was the last Top 20 hit for the band and signaled the beginning of the end of the band. It took several more years of…read more »
Happy 80th to the legendary Tina Turner! Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero A song recorded for the soundtrack of the Mel Gibson/Tina Turner movie, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” peaked at the #2 spot on the Hot 100 and was nominated for a Golden Globe Best Original Song and a Grammy nomination for…read more »
Bee Gees – Love You Inside Out A single from the band’s 1979 album, ‘Spirits Having Flown’, this topped the chart and set the Bee Gees in the record books. “Love You Inside Out” was the third single released and hit #1 just as the two previous singles from the album did. The first three…read more »