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!!
Parliament – Flash Light At the beginning of 1978, a time of Disco, Funk, Punk, KISS and little else, Parliament was a stand-out act that was as fun and funky as you could get. George Clinton (Godfather of Space-Funk) released as Parliament, the album ‘Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome’…. Yeah George was and odd duck.…read more »
Sting – We’ll Be Together After Sting went solo after the demise of The Police (and the physical beatings between Stuart Copeland and Sting, whilst Andy Summers watched), he had a stellar career, on his own. His solo debut, ‘The Dream of the Blue Turtles’ (what?), went to the the #2 spot on the US…read more »
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Michael McDonald – Sweet Freedom Former Doobie Bro, Michael McDonald, has a string of solo hits and this is one of my absolute favorites! From the soundtrack of the excellent Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines film, Running Scared, “Sweet Freedom” hit the Top 40 in stride and made it to the #7 spot on the…read more »
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The Firm – Radioactive The Firm was a super-group consisting of guitarist Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), singer Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company), drummer Chris Slade (Uriah Heep, Manfred Mann’s Earth band, AC/DC) and bassist Tony Franklin (who went on to form Blue Murder with John Sykes and Carmine Appice). The band only released 2 albums,…read more »