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!!
Proceeds from ticket sales for Modern Drummer Festival 2020: A Tribute to Neil Peart, scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 12, will benefit brain tumor research at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center. Appearances from drummers: Rick Allen (Def Leppard) Carmine Appice Mike Portnoy Todd Sucherman (STYX) Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) Stewart Copeland (The Police) Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr, David Lee Roth)…read more »
George Harrison – When We Was Fab This is the second single released from George Harrison’s “comeback” album, ‘Cloud 9’ from 1987. After the popularity of “I’ve Got My Mind Set On You”, George and his friend, ELO’s Jeff Lynne, who produced the album, released a song about his days as a Beatle. “When We…read more »
If you bought cassettes in the 80s and 90s and made mixtapes or transferred vinyl to them to listen to in the car, you need to see this!
I watched an incredible documentary yesterday on the cassette tape. Before CDs (and well after the commercialization of them), I couldn’t afford the Compact Disc players or discs, but thought they were very cool! Sound-wise, I had no idea and in my teens, I wasn’t the audiophile I am now, so I really didn’t matter…read more »
Little River Band – The Night Owls The Little River Band hand a long string of hits as the Greatest Hits collection is a must have. Most, you know well and others are hits that come back to you when you hear them again… This one is one of those! “The Night Owls” was released…read more »
Culture Club – Move Away A single that comes from Culture Club’s fourth studio album, ‘From Luxury to Heartache’ in 1986. “Move Away” was a Top 20 hit in the U.S. peaking at #12 with help from MTV and a heavy rotation video playing… General Hospital fans may remember it playing during an episode soon after…read more »
Paul McCartney – Press Back to 1986 with Paul McCartney and the lead off single from his album, ‘Press To Play’. This was the beginning of a downturn in the quality of McCartney’s writing and was the last single to hit the Top 40 until 1989 and working with Elvis Costello on ‘My Brave Face”.…read more »