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!!
Happy 65th Birthday to Neil Schon! Journey – Only The Young Written by Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry and Neal Schon, it was given to Scandal and they recorded it for the 1984 album ‘The Warrior’. Journey DID record it and released it as a single from the soundtrack of the movie Vision Quest. However, due to contractual agreements between the…read more »
Mourning the life of Mark Hollis, who passed away at the age 64. Talk Talk – It’s My Life The title track of the second release from Talk Talk, it peaked at #31 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the U.S. It was also featured on Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and played on the…read more »
Brick – Dazz “Dazz” is the shortened version of “Disco Jazz” brought to you by funksters, Brick. 1976 was a big year for disco and funk and Brick combined that and more to create what was “Dazz”. It peaked on the Hot 100 at #3 but topped the R&B singles chart for four weeks!!read more »
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Mourning the passing of Peter Tork at 77 years of age. R.I.P The Monkees – (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone Released in 1967 as a B-side to the the #1 hit, “I’m A Believer” written by Neil Diamond, “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” was The Monkees first B-side to chart. It was originally released in…read more »