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!!
Barbra Streisand – Woman In Love Written by Barry and Robin Gibb, it was Barbra Streisand’s biggest hit, internationally. It’s also, decidedly, her most rocking of songs. It was featured on her ‘Guilty’ album released in 1980 and “Woman In Love” raced up the charts and topped the Hot 100 and stayed there for 3…read more »
Anita Baker – Sweet Love “Sweet Love” by Anita Baker was released in the Spring of 1986 and was the first single from her second album, ‘Rapture’. It became her first big success as it peaked at #2 on the US Billboard R&B chart, number three on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100 in…read more »
This is HILARIOUS!! Stop drinking anything before watching this, unless you want it to come out of your nose!read more »
Shawn Mullins – Lullaby Released late in 1998, Shawn Mullins finally hit the Hot 100 and hit it big with “Lullaby”. From Mullins’ fourth album, ‘Soul’s Core’, “Lullaby” went Top 10, peaking at #7 on the Hot 100, #9 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart and topped the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart.read more »
Baltimora – Tarzan Boy An international hit from the Italian-based pop act, did very well here in the states. “Tarzan Boy” was the first single from their debut album, ‘Living In The Background’ in 1983 and went Top 20 in the U.S., peaking at #13 on the Hot 100! It was also a huge hit…read more »