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 Psychedelic Furs – Love My Way English band, The Psychedelic Furs, released their third album, ‘Forever Now” in 1982 and one of the bands most notable songs, didn’t even make it to the Top 40! Almost though! “Love My Way” was the first single from the album and the next single following their biggest…read more »
Shaun Cassidy – That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Originally written by Eric Carmen and released on his first eponymous solo album in 1976. In 1977, teen idol Shaun Cassidy covered “That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll” for his first solo album. With Shaun’s star on the rise because of The Hardy Boys TV series, it was perfect timing…read more »
Huey Lewis & The News – I Know What I Like From the band’s 1987 album, “Fore!”, this single followed “Hip To Be Square” and also had background performances by then-San Francisco 49ers, Dwight Clark, Riki Ellison, Ronnie Lott, and Joe Montana. Huey Lewis & The News were big fans as they were based in San Fran. “I Know What…read more »
– Neil Peart in concert pic used with permission by Ken Settle “Playing a three-hour Rush show is like running a marathon while solving equations.” – Neil Peart I was never one of those “all in” Rush fans. I loved the singles and some deep tracks and some of the albums that are very synth-centric,…read more »
Donald Fagen – I.G.Y (What A Beautiful World) In 1981, Steely Dan’s Walter Becker and Donald Fagen split up and went their separate ways. The following year, Donald Fagen released his first solo album, ‘The Nightfly’. The album is about Fagen’s feelings of growing up in the suburbs in the 1950s and 1960s. Like remembering…read more »
Witness Cathedral Ale Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport, IA has released a Witbier style ale with a local brewery, Bent River Brewing. It not a secret that Catholic monks have been brewing beers since anyone can remember (and historically noted), and Sacred Heart is really living up to a long tradition. Witness Belgion Wittbeir is one…read more »