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 incredible George Thorogood had a show at the Gallagher Bluedorn PAC on September 15, 2016. He, along with guitarist, Jim Suhler, came a day early for a soundcheck and to do a live interview and acoustic set with me, in studio! We had some ticket winners that were chosen to come in to the…read more »
Stereo MC’s – Connected This is the first single and title track to the Stereo MC’s third album, ‘Connected’ released in 1992. I immediately loved it as it was played all over Top 40 radio. It was funk, pop, house, R&B, you name it! It was such a great groove built into some great dance…read more »
Sheila E. – The Glamorous Life Written by Prince and then recorded by singer/percussionist, Sheila E.,it was also the title track to her debut album produced by herself and Prince (under the pseudonym of Jamie Starr and the Starr Company). “The Glamorous Life” was the title track to her debut album and was all over the…read more »
Steve Forbert – Romeo’s Tune From the realm of “One Hit Wonders” comes Steve Forbert! Not exactly a pop/rock name (still can’t figure out how Englebert Humperdink made it), but he did have one Top 20 Hit in 1979-80. “Romeo’s Tune” was all over pop AM radio and ended up peaking at 11 on the…read more »
This Is our Fursday Spotlight for the week! Meet Roxie! Roxie is a female Labrador Retriever /Pit Bull Mix about 18 months old Roxie can be a little shy with new people, but once you become friends she quickly blooms into a happy and bouncy girl. She’s such a character and is eager to let her…read more »
Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith – Walk This Way Originally released in 1975 on Aerosmith’s ‘Toys In The Attic’, eleven years later, hip-hop pioneers, Run-DMC recorded “Walk This Way” with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and it charted higher than the beloved original! Master producer, Rick Rubin, brought the ‘Toys…’ album in to have them listen to…read more »