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!!
Taylor Dane – I’ll Be Your Shelter From soul singer, Taylor Dayne’s second studio album ‘Can’t Fight Fate’, “I’ll Be Your Shelter” was the third single to be released from it, following hits, “With Every Beat Of My Heart” and “Love Will Lead You Back”. Written by songwriter, Diane Warren, “I’ll Be Your Shelter” was Dayne’s…read more »
Billy Preston – Nothing From Nothing Bill Preston followed up his 1973 hit, “Will It Go Round In Circles”, Billy hit #1 for one week with “Nothing From Nothing” from the album, ‘The Kids And Me’. He was also Saturday Night Live’s very first musical guest in 1975, where he performed “Nothing From Nothing”.read more »
Happy 72nd birthday, Joe Walsh! Joe Walsh – Life of Illusion One of my all-time favorite guitarists, Joe Walsh, put out and incredible album in 1981 and had a Top 40 hit with “Life Of Illusion” from the ‘There Goes The Neighborhood’. It peaked at #34 on the Hot 100!read more »
Rod Stewart – The Motown Song From Rod’s 1991 album, ‘Vagabond Heart’, this single featured THE TEMPTATIONS to fit in with the theme! Coming from Motown Records, of course, “The Motown Song” had the sound of “soul city” aka Motown and the Berry Gordy sound of the 60s. It peaked at #10 on the Hot…read more »
Unfortunately, Paul Stanley is pretty sick and wasn’t able to perform. No word on how the show was from any of the sharks in attendance, but it was first rate by human standards! Several of the landlubbers who caught the gig loved it and some got some pics and autographs from 3 out of 4…read more »