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!!
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – If You Don’t Know Me By Now One of the most popular Philly Soul groups of the 70s, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes released “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” in late 1972. With then, current member, Teddy Pedergrass on vocals, the song topped the Hot…read more »
The Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky The title track from the sixth studio album from The Alan Parsons Project, “Eye In The Sky” hit the Hot 100 and peaked at #3! The opening track, “Sirius” is an instrumental that segues into “Eye In The Sky” and is also well-known for being the…read more »
Reunion – Life Is A Rock Released as a single by a group of session musicians in September 1974, they called themselves Reunion and recorded a novelty song not expecting anything to come of it… It was a tribute song to the years of radio’s “hey-day” from the 50s-70s. “Life Is A Rock (But The…read more »
Foreigner – Dirty White Boy Written by Lou Gramm and Mick Jones for the the band’s third album, ‘Head Games’ released in 1979, “Dirty White Boy” was written about the sentiment so many parents had about the presence of Elvis Presley in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll. He was shaking his hips and swaggering while he…read more »
Q. What are you called if you collect beer bottles? A. A labeorphilist. (Pronounced: lab-ee-or-fill-ist) Sad news from Ankeny I’ve written about Firetrucker Brewery in Ankeny, IA a few times here on Here’s To Beer. The beer here is some of the best and most innovative in the state. I applaud Dan for his creativity…read more »
Eric Clapton – Forever Man The first single released from his 1985 “Behind The Sun” album, “Forever Man” hit the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top Rock Tracks chart. On the Hot 100, it peaked at #26 and had a video on MTV that featured his touring band. Clapton wearing a long trenchcoat, stands above the…read more »