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!!
The Knack – Good Girls Don’t The single to follow “My Sharona”, “Good Girls Don’t” peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Critics panned and praised it as a “mean pop song”, while other critics regarded the song as “derivative” and “sexist”. All in all, it couldn’t be that bad if Ben Folds and…read more »
Bruce Springsteen – I’m Goin’ Down During the recording sessions for his 1982 album ‘Nebraska’, a couple of songs were shelved for future projects. “Pink Cadillac” and “I’m Goin’ Down” were then in contention for Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born In The U.S.A.”, but the single, “I’m Goin’ Down” beat out the other for the album. “Pink…read more »
Lindsey Buckingham – Trouble Lindsey Buckingham is one of the must underrated guitarist out there. Also, severely underrated as a songwriter. Honing his chops in one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey knew that he had what it took to also have a solo career. His debut as a solo…read more »
In 1983, there were 49 licensed breweries in the United States; by the end of 2017, there were 8,863. Craft beer make up MOST of that number. Alaskan Amber From Alaskan Brewing Co. comes an amazingly flavorful and interesting amber. To me, ambers are more flavorful than pilsners and basic ales, but not by a…read more »
KISS – Hard Luck Woman Paul Stanley wrote this with the idea that it would be given to Rod Stewart, but with the humongous success of “Beth”, they decided to keep it for themselves. Released less than a year from “Beth”, KISS tried to capitalize on the popularity of the KISS ballad and had Peter…read more »
The song, “Mary Don’t You Weep” comes from the new album, ‘Piano and a Microphone’ which is an album of tracks recorded in 1983 that was found in the vault at Paisley Park. One of possibly a hundred more albums that could be releases by the estate. The album will be released tomorrow to the…read more »