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!!
Paper Lace – The Night Chicago Died British band Paper Lace, had a #1 hit in the U.K. with “Billy Don’t Be A Hero”, but that version didn’t hit in the U.S. at all. The version that became a #1 hit here, was from Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods. Anyway, the other hit Paper Lace…read more »
Please watch this entertaining video of why this year isn’t nearly as bad as you think it is… You’ll learn history and science and, well…. you’re sitting at home doing nothing anyway, right?read more »
Elton John – Nikita A story song from Sir Elton John from his 1985 album, ‘Ice On Fire’. Written from the perspective of a man in love with an East German border guard, during the Cold War. “Nikita” features George Michael as well as Nik Kershaw on back-up vocals and went Top 10, peaking at…read more »
I apologize for the delay in blogs… Been a lot going on as you well know and family and plans and what to do or not do has been the focus. I haven’t even had a beer in 2 weeks! I was DUE! Potosi Brewing Co. Tangerine IPA This was an impulse buy. It was…read more »
AFKAP (Prince) was the guest star on Muppets Tonight (series didn’t last as long as it should have) in 1997. September 13 to be exact… My daughter’s 1st birthday. Here is the whole episode! Get ready to laugh and enjoy!! The opening is hilarious, right off the bat! (THANK GOODNESS FOR THE YOUTUBES!)read more »
Joe Jackson – You Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want) I’ve always been a fan of Joe Jackson’s work. It’s considered 80s New Wave, but I think more because of the time it came out rather than actual style of music. Joe Jackson had the sound of smooth jazz mixed with…read more »