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!!
Celebrating Roger Daltrey from The Who, who’s celebrating his 77th birthday! The Who – 5:15 “5:15” was released as a single from The Who’s second rock opera, ‘Quadrophenia’. Many hold this album in higher regard that even ‘Tommy’. “5:15” refers to the train leaving at that time and the song’s protagonist, Jimmy, was travelling to Brighton and having…read more »
Happy heavenly birthday to George Harrison! George Harrison – Devil’s Radio Never released commercially as a single, but rather a promo single from George Harrison’s 1987’s ‘Cloud 9’ album, “Devil’s Radio” was a well crafted, sardonically humorous song about George’s feeling about talk radio. George detested misinformation and lies fed over the talk radio airwaves,…read more »
This week we have Hunter. He is a 5 year old Coonhound mix. His personality is so large I will let him speak for himself. Howdy! They call me Hunter which is a pretty fitting name for me because I sure love to sniff things out my legs are always itching to chase. My favorite…read more »
Bart Simpson with Michael Jackson – Do The Bartman With the popularity of The Simpsons, someone thought the family and other characters should record and album. So, they did in 1990. ‘The Simpsons Sing The Blues’ was released on Geffen Records and didn’t get a lot of airplay here in the U.S., but MTV played…read more »
Pete Wingfield – Eighteen With A Bullet This Englishman has done more than many artists, being a record producer, musician, songwriter, journalist and has recorded with many well-knowns like Alan Parsons, Albert Lee, B.B. King and The Zombies Colin Blunstone! Pete Wingfield hit the charts in both the U.K. and U.S. in 1975 with a…read more »