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!!
Steve Perry – She’s Mine Steve Perry decided to test his chops as a solo artist, taking some time off of Journey and releasing his debut album, ‘Street Talk’ in 1984. We all know the popularity of the Top 10 “Oh Sherry” then followed by the Top 20 single, “Foolish Heart”, but the third single…read more »
The Smithereens – To Much Passion Released as the second single from the album, ‘Blow Up’ and at the tail end of 1991. “Too Much Passion” had a lot of airplay on MTV and did fairly well on Top 40, just breaking in and peaking at #37. The late Pat DiNizio said that he wrote…read more »
This week we have Sally. Sally is a 2-year-old American Pit Bull. Sally is very high energy and would enjoy someone who is as high energy as her. Sally loves to run! She recently participated in our Furry 5K and both times she went the handlers expressed how much she enjoyed it. She loved exploring new…read more »
Tommy Shaw – Girls With Guns This was Tommy Shaw of Styx’s debut as a solo artist. The album, ‘Girls With Guns’ came out in 1984 and was his introduction to the masses after leaving Styx. The title track was the first single and did well on the Mainstream Rock chart where it peaked at…read more »
David Bowie and Mick Jagger – Dancing in the Street Recorded today in 1985 for the Live Aid fundraising event, Bowie and Jagger covered the Martha & The Vandellas 1964 hit, “Dancing in the Street”. A video followed and was in heavy rotation in MTV. The song did very well and peaked at #7 on…read more »