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!!
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John Lennon – Power To The People From 1971, and credited to Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon essentially gathered some of his musician friends like Bobby Keys, Klaus Voormann (from his pre-Beatles days), Jim Gordon and others to create a “fake band” that John said “Plastic Ono Band ins everyone.” “Power To The People” entered…read more »
Nenah Cherry – Buffalo Stance Swedish Singer/Rapper and sister of pop artist Eagle-Eye Cherry and daughter of jazz musician Don Cherry, Neneh Cherry had a Top 10 hit in 1988! From her album, ‘Raw Like Sushi’, the single “Buffalo Stance” made it to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.read more »
Here’s a great link to read with ideas of things to keep the kids busy and entertained as well as educated during the school closings. hopefully you’ll be able to implement some and have fun, yourself! How Parents Can Keep Kids Busy (and Learning) in Quarantine Feel free to share with others!read more »
The Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays A huge single for the band, the world over… Except in the states. MTV was playing it, it was Top 10 nearly everywhere else in the world, however, “I Don’t Like Mondays” barely broke the Hot 100 here. Based upon a school shooting in 1979 in San…read more »
Jim Stafford – Spiders & Snakes Jim Stafford’s debut album from 1974 was a big hit. It had four singles released off of it and all of them went Top 40. “Spiders & Snakes” was written by Stafford and David Bellamy (half of the Bellamy Brothers) and became Stafford’s biggest hit, going Top 10 and…read more »