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!!
It’s National Metal Day!! 11-11 Europe – Rock The Night The second single released from Europe’s breakthrough album, ‘The Final Countdown”, “Rock The Night” peaked at #30 on the Hot 100. Original guitarist, John Norum, left the band before the video was filmed, thereby introducing new axe slinger, Kee Marcello.read more »
Veterans Day Free Meals And Business Discounts – Thank you to all the men and women who have served!
Thanks to all the business who honor our soldier for their time and service. All much deserved! Applebee’s Veterans and active-duty military can order a free meal from a special Veterans Day menu Options include: Classic Bacon Cheeseburger 6 oz. USDA Select Top Sirloin Chicken Tenders Platter Double Crunch Shrimp Fiesta Lime Chicken Oriental Grilled…read more »
Happy 58th birthday to Leif Garrett! Released in late 1978, Leif Garrett’s second LP, ‘Feel The Need’ contained the Top 10 hit, “I Was Made For Dancin’”. No doubt, this song was part of the reason he became a teen heart-throb and cover story on nearly every Tiger Beat magazine for a few years.read more »
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Joe Tex – I Gotcha The first single in a long time that became a hit, Joe Tex’s “I Gotcha”, from the 1971 album of the same name, was originally written to go to King Floyd to record. He didn’t so Joe recorded it himself in the late 60s. He never released that version but…read more »
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