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!!
The Bangles – Walking Down Your Street In a string of US hits for The Bangles, from the 1986 album, ‘Different Light’, 5 charting singles including “Manic Monday”, “Walk Like An Egyptian”, “If She Knew What She Wants” and the last US single, “Walking Down Your Street”. It peaked at #11 on the Hot 100…read more »
In 2001, some Belgian elementary schools began serving low-alcohol beer to schoolchildren at lunch as a healthier alternative to soda. Bent Paddle Brewing 14 Degree ESB ESB stands for “Extra Special Brew” and this amber ale is exquisite. A friend of a coworker lives in Duluth, MN and was coming down for a visit. he brought…read more »
ABBA – S.O.S. Released in 1975, “S.O.S.” was the sixth single to come off of the band’s third eponymous album. The lead vocals start off the song with Agnetha singing solo and sounding on the verge of tears. Moog synthesizer creates the sound that was soon to become all the rage in discos. Bjorn said…read more »
Robert Plant – Little By Little This is probably my favorite Robert Plant solo single. The ‘Shaken ‘n’ Stirred’ album was not great by many critics standards, but I loved the change in sound that Plant brought to this record. There were some really quirky songs on the album and some great pop sensibilities that…read more »
Skylark – Wildflower Canadian band, Skylark, had their biggest hit in the U.S. because of the Detroit radio stations getting the single from across the border and playing. It how a lot of bands from Canada got started with a following in the America. “Wildflower” is a song written by Doug Edwards and Dave Richardson in 1972 after…read more »