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!!
Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going It was on the ‘Love Zone’ album and the soundtrack to the movie, Jewel Of The Nile, “When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going” became an international hit for Billy Ocean. The movie was a sequel to Romancing The Stone, which was a…read more »
Donald Fagen – I.G.Y (What A Beautiful World) In 1981, Steely Dan’s Walter Becker and Donald Fagen split up and went their separate ways. The following year, Donald Fagen released his first solo album, ‘The Nightfly’. The album is about Fagen’s feelings of growing up in the suburbs in the 1950s and 1960s. Like remembering…read more »
The story of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock is pretty well known historic fact. However, the reason behind their decision to put ashore here is a bit less known. In fact, they did not continue on to Virginia because they were running out of beer. Priorities. O’Dells Myrcenary Double IPA My family went to…read more »
Rod Stewart – Infatuation Happy Birthday, Rod! From his 1984 album, ‘Camouflage’, “Infatuation” was a massive hit peaking all the way into the Top 10 at #6! The lyrics suggest the title of the song, the writer is infatuated with the subject of the song and is well aware that it’s wrong. But he just…read more »
J. Geils Band – Must Of Got Lost The grammatically incorrect, “Must Of Got Lost”, from The J. Geils Band, peaked at #12 on the Hot 100 in 1975. The album, ‘Nightmares…and Other Tales from the Vinyl Jungle’, made it onto the Billboard 200 album chart, peaking at a respectable #26!read more »
David Bowie – Young Americans It’s David Bowie’s Heavenly Birthday! Bowie’s glam-rock genre of music was very big across the pond, but didn’t have the mass appeal in the states, outside of major metros and true music enthusiasts. His ninth album, ‘Young Americans’, David Bowie changed the style of music he was known for, to…read more »