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 Raspberries – Go All The Way The Raspberries, lead by singer and main songwriter Eric Carmen, had their first Top 40 hit with “Go All The Way” from their debut album ‘Raspberries’ released in 1972. The year I was born, but 6 months before I breathed oxygen. The song made it to #5 on…read more »
Jefferson Starship – Find Your Way Back (1981) By this time, most of the original Jefferson Airplane as well as Jefferson Starship had moved on, including Marty Balin. Paul Kantner was the only original, as Grace Slick left 3 years earlier. Drummer Ansley Dunbar (Journey) had been recruited as was Mickey Thomas (Elvin Bishop band)…read more »
In ancient Mesopotamia, beer was associated with religion and ritual and was believed to have magical powers. “I feel wonderful drinking beer, in a blissful mood, with joy in my heart and a happy liver.” – Sumerian poet, ca 3000 BC Cider Boys Peach County I’ve mentioned several times here that I don’t like sweet…read more »
Remember the sound of 1978? Remember the albums that created that sound? TWENTY-ONE: TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS – You’re Gonna Get It (May 2) The second release from TP&TH, was originally titled “Terminal Romance” and made it to the #23 on Billboard’s Top LPs and Tapes chart in 1978. Reviews were pretty favorable and…read more »
In 1983, there were 49 licensed breweries in the United States; by the end of 2017, there were 8,863. This is all because of the rise of craft breweries! Dogfish Head Seaquench Ale I’m just beginning to try the sours and goses. There is a wide range in levels of sour and tartness. These can…read more »
I don’t know about you, but when I was younger, we had songs that we decided upon by the girlfriend and I, based on a memory or time when we first met or started dating. When the song came on the radio or wherever, it made you think of the other fondly. Of course, when…read more »