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!!
Wishing Billy Joel and Happy 70th! Billy Joel – An Innocent Man The title track to Bill Joel’s ninth studio album, ‘An Innocent Man’ was the third single released from the album. The album, released in 1983, did VERY well for Joel, with 7 singles and 6 of them hitting the Top 40! The lowest…read more »
Diesel – Sausolito Summernight This band out of the Netherlands had a memorable hit come of their debut album, “Watts In A Tank”. This song, “Sausolito Summernight”, became a #1 in Canada and Top 40 in the US! It debuted on the US Hot 100 at #86, and eventually made it to the #25 spot toward…read more »
The Brothers Johnson – Strawberry Letter #23 The original was released by Shuggie Otis in 1971 on his album ‘Freedom Flight. The hit came 6 years later when The Brothers Johnson covered it for their ‘Right on Time’. One of the “brothers” was dating one of Otis’ cousins when he found his album from 1971.…read more »
This is incredible footage and shows how fast a flood can happen. Watch the fencing on the building where this security footage was taped. Watch how fast it rises and how high! Mississippi breaches temporary levee in Davenportread more »
Celebrating his 68th birthday! Happy Birthday Christopher Cross! Christopher Cross – Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do) Christopher Cross, in collaboration with Burt Bacharach and his then wife, Carole Bayer Sager, wrote what became the theme song for the Dudley Moore/Liza Minnelli film, Arthur, in 1981. Another writing credit was added to the list of writers;…read more »