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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Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Of Love From the 1989 album ‘The Seeds of Love’, the first single “Sowing The Seeds Of Love” was a worldwide hit, but peaked at #2 on the US Hot 100. It was kept out of the top spot by Janet Jackson’s “Miss You Much”. The band considers…read more »
Donnie Iris – Love Is Like A Rock The second single from his second album, ‘King Cool’, Donnie Iris says “Love Is Like A Rock” started out as a jam! “The group went into the studio and Marty Lee, our guitar player, came up with that riff. We just kind of built around that riff,…read more »
Fleetwood Mac – Over My Head The first single from the 1975 album and the first album released with new members, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, was written by Christine McVie. This was a great way to start off with radio as it is a great song and was the first single to hot the…read more »
It’s that time of year! Every Christmas, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) tracks Santa and his reindeer as they begin their journey around the world, delivering presents to all the good girls and boys around the globe! NORAD does this as a public service so that everyone knows where Santa is located so we…read more »