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!!
Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party It’s the title track to Oingo Boingo’s 1985 album and became hugely popular due to appearances in movie and TV soundtracks! “Dead Man’s Party” can be heard in the Rodney Dangerfield film, Back To School, where Oingo Boingo is performing the song at the party. It’s also in TV shows like…read more »
Samantha Fox – Naughty Girls (Need Love Too) Samantha Fox was a British page 3 model until she went into pop music. Her second album from 1987, ‘Samantha Fox’, had five singles released from it, the biggest hit being the last, “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)” Hip-hop group, Full Force, helped her sound with some…read more »
Be sure to keep those tennis balls handy!! Drake is this week’s Fursday highlight and will happily play with as many as you give him. No matter how hard he tries, he’s only been able to fit 2 in his mouth at once. Drake is a 2-years-old, neutered, pit bull mix and has a funny, silly,…read more »
Celebrating ELO’s Jeff Lynne’s 73rd Earth rotation! Electric Light Orchestra – All Over The World Featured on the 1980 fantasy movie that bombed, Xanadu, ELO and Jeff Lynne were the band that backed up Gene Kelly, Olivia Newton-John and Michael Beck as they sang and danced and roller-skated through a very odd film. The soundtrack did…read more »
George Harrison – Ding Dong, Ding Dong Here’s a holiday song released 46 years ago TODAY in 1974! George Harrison had released his album, ‘Dark Horse’ early in December 1974. On the 23rd of December, the single, “Ding Dong, Ding Dong” came out and made it to radio quickly. Recorded at his home, Friar Park,…read more »
It’s another birthday! The late Robin and Maurice Gibb were born today in 1949! Happy heavenly birthday, gentleman! The Bee Gees – Boogie Child The brothers, Gibb, released ‘Children Of The World’ in 1976 and thanks to three big hits, the album has made platinum status by the RIAA. The third single, “Boogie Child”, hit…read more »