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!!
Aerosmith – Last Child The first single to be released from the landmark Aerosmith album, ‘Rocks’, “Last Child” hit the Top 40, climbing the charts and eventually peaking at #21 on the Hot 100. Brad Whitford plays some of his best guitar work on this and is credited as co-writer with Steven Tyler. It’s still…read more »
BREAKING: Iowa Irish Fest just announced that it will have to cancel the 2020 fest due to concerns over the rising cases of COVID-19. Contact: Chad Shipman, Iowa Irish Fest Director 319-464-7355, ShipmanChad@gmail.com Lori Davis, AMPERAGE Public Relations 319-290-3780, LDavis@AMPERAGEmarketing.com For Immediate Release: June 26, 2020 IOWA IRISH FEST CANCELS 2020…read more »
Kansas – All I Wanted In 1986, Kansas released ‘Power’. It was a bit of a turn from what Kansas fans expected. It was way more pop sounding and only a few rockers. “All I Wanted” was the band’s 21st single and their seventh and LAST Top 40 entry. Written by a couple of Steve’s,…read more »
This week we have Simba. Simba is a 9-year-old Domestic Shorthair orange tiger. Simba is a larger cat who loves being pet and sitting next to you. He does well with other cats but can be very dominant. Simba’s adoption fee is $20 until the end of the month. This adoption fee covers things like his…read more »
Happy 67th birthday to the beautiful and talented Cyndi Lauper! Cyndi Lauper – I Drove All Night Originally intended for Roy Orbison to record and release a year before he died, his version didn’t come out until 1992. Cyndi Lauper’s recording of “I Drove Alll Night”, hit the Top 10 in the U.S., peaking at…read more »