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!!
Bobby Brown – On Our Own Here’s a BIG hit that you don’t hear anymore other than when you watch Ghostbusters 2! Released 31 yeas ago today, and written by L.A. Reid, Babyface and Daryl Simmons, Bobby Brown recorded “On Our Own” for the soundtrack of the sequel to Ghostbusters. While it was not as…read more »
Nebraska state law requires bars to be cooking a kettle of soup at the time any beer is available. Delirium Nocturnum from Belgium This Belgium beer comes from Brouwerij Huyghe. Don’t even ask me how to pronounce it. I have no idea. I do, however, know I like this beer! Delirium Nocturnum is a Belgian Strong…read more »
Rainbow – Stone Cold After Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple, he started his own band, Rainbow, with Ronnie James Dio. Ronnie left to front Black Sabbath after Ozzy was sacked. Ritchie needed a now lead singer. Graham Bonnet filled that spot for one album. So, Ritchie needed another frontman. Enter Joe Lynn Turner! Released in…read more »
This week we have Hazel. Hazel is a 3-year-old tan pit bull. Hazel is a bouncy little girl who loves being pet, meeting new people, and sticking her head out the windows of cars. When the sun hits her fur she almost looks golden. Hazel does well with other dogs and enjoys playing with them,…read more »
Culture Club – I’ll Tumble For Ya Released in 1983 and coming from the platinum-plus debut album, ‘Kissing To Be Clever’, we got our first glimpse of Boy George and Culture club’s hit, “I’ll Tumble For Ya”! The video was played in heavy rotation on MTV and that helped it climb the charts to peak…read more »
The Farm – Groovy Train If you’re anywhere near my age (47), and you were listening to Top 40 FM radio in high school or maybe just after you graduated, you’ll remember this one! MTV was playing the video by Liverpool band, The Farm, and was played on the radio enough for it to climb…read more »