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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Eric Clapton – Forever Man The first single from his 1985 release, ‘Behind The Sun’, “Forever Man” peaked #26 on the Hot 100. Clapton has just inked a new deal with Warner Bros. when he started recording the album. After it was finished, Warner Bros. didn’t think there was enough singles, so they hired songwriter…read more »
Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say, Say, Say Released on McCartney’s ‘Pipes Of Peace’ album in 1983, it was recorded during the sessions for his ‘Tug Of War’ album, over a year earlier. It was released after the duo’s first hit, “The Girl Is Mine”, from Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ album. It topped the charts all…read more »
The Rolling Stones – Hang Fire Today, we celebrate another birthday! The man time forgot… The man “Old Man Time” said, “I wanna be him when I grow up!” Keith Richards! Keith turns 75 today and just announced last week that he has quit drinking. He said that he was just ready. It wasn’t in…read more »
Bad Company – Good Lovin’ Gone Bad Celebrating Paul Rodgers’ 68th Birthday! From the album, ‘Straight Shooter’, “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” peaked at #36 on the Hot 100, but is a staple on Classic Rock formats. If you have the single, you also know that the B side, ‘Whiskey Bottle” is a killer track that…read more »
Last year I blogged about the album released in 1987, celebrating their 30th anniversary. I’ll do the same in 2018 with the albums that came out this year! Hope you enjoy the memories! THIRTY-ONE: JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS – Up Your Alley (May 23) The sixth studio album, ‘Up Your Alley” did pretty well…read more »