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!!
April Wine – Just Between You and Me From their ninth studio album, ‘Nature of the Beast”, Canadians, April Wine, scored a Top 40 hit in the U.S. with “Just Between You And Me” in 1981. A power ballad always did well on the radio, and April Wine was no stranger the American Rock radio,…read more »
Buckner & Garcia – Pac-Man Fever I pumped A LOT of dimes into the jukebox at Happy Joe’s in DeWitt, IA when this came out! I’m pretty sure mom and dad were very annoyed with it by the third or fourth play… Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia were a musical duo that were really just…read more »
Brewers began adding hops to beer in the 9th century AD. Today, nearly all beer is brewed with hops, which adds a zesty, bitter flavor to beer and acts as a preservative. Lark Brewing and Lake Time Lark Brewing Co. in Waterloo have been working with Lake Time Brewery in Clear Lake, IA and are…read more »
The O’Jays – For The Love Of Money Philadelphia Souls group, The O’Jays, recorded a song written by Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, and Anthony Jackson. The title comes from the Bible passage 1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and…read more »
Saga – On The Loose The Canadian band was about to release their second album, ‘Worlds Apart’ when a new cable channel focused on music video was launched called MTV. Saga’s management suggested making a video for the second single, “On The Loose” which ended up being advantageous since the fledgling music channel didn’t have a…read more »
The Bay City Rollers – I Only Want To Be With You “I Only Want To Be With You” has been on the U.S. Top 40 three times in 3 decades. The original hit #12 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1963 and was the debut single from Dusty Springfield. Today’s Forgotten 45 @ 45 also…read more »