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!!
Q.Explain the roots of the Scandinavian toast, sköl. A.The familiar Scandinavian toast sköl derives from scole, the drinking bowl shaped like the upper half of a human skull. Originally, these bowls were fashioned from the actual skulls of an enemy killed in battle. So, next time you toast, just be American about and yell, “YOUR…read more »
Chilliwack – Whatcha Gonna Do (When I’m Gone) Today, the band out of Canada named after a city in that great country, Chilliwack was very successful in their home country and bubbled up into the U.S. Hot 100 a few times. From the tenth studio album, ‘Opus X’, the biggest hit to cross the border…read more »
The Beatles – The Ballad of John & Yoko An interesting single and one of the few Beatles songs that only have John and Paul on it. George was on holiday (vacation) and Ringo was filming The Magic Christian with Peter Sellers. The song was written by John and was a bit of a story…read more »
Celebrating James Taylor’s 71st birthday! James Taylor – Shower The People James Taylor turns 71 today so we will focus on a fairly forgotten hit from his 1976 album, ‘In The Pocket’. Carly Simon adds backing vocals to this hit, “Shower The People”. It peaked at #22 on the Hot 100 and stayed in the…read more »
In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we will celebrate the talent and power of women in pop music, every Friday of this month! Madonna – Live To Tell Originally, producer/songwriter Pat Leonard composed this as part of a score for the movie Fire With Fire, however, and instrumental of it was…read more »
Q. What 1983 arcade game challenges players to coordinate the movements of beer, bartenders, empty beer mugs, and customers? A. Tapper Tapper Arcade Game Empyrean Brewing Co. Winter Wisdom I bought this as a single at Happy’s. When I do that, I can get a good variety and a sixer is only $10! Being the…read more »