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!!
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The Who – Athena The first single from The Who’s tenth studio album, ‘It’s Hard’, “Athena” peaked at the #28 on the Hot 100. Written for actress Theresa Russell because Pete Townshend had fallen “in love” with her after meeting her at a Pink Floyd – The Wall concert. She didn’t feel the same way…read more »
Craft Beer is good for your bones! Beer has high levels of silicon, which promotes strong bones. Olde Dirty Kent’s English-Style Barleywine I love barleywines. They are all unique and interesting. Something a bit more potent than a regular beer and often comes with a high ABV, which adds to the flavor, of course. This…read more »
Happy 69th birthday to Phil Collins! Genesis – I Can’t Dance This is a song that wasn’t supposed to be a hit, according to the band. It was just a filler tune that had a cool guitar riff and was upbeat. The second single from the “We Can’t Dance” album released in 1991, “I Can’t…read more »
The Jacksons – Enjoy Yourself A couple of firsts happen with this single. It was The Jacksons first new single released on Epic after leaving Motown and it was the first to have Randy joining the band after Jermaine decided to stay with Motown, rather than leave with his brothers. “Enjoy Yourself” was released just…read more »