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!!
Steely Dan – Peg In 1977, Steely Dan released their masterpiece, ‘Aja’. Easily one of the best sounding albums, due to the impeccable attention to detail by Donald Fagen, Walter Becker and producers and engineers. There are many audiophiles who will use this vinyl to test new high-end audio set-ups for that reason, myself included.…read more »
Lindsey Buckingham – Go Insane After going solo, Lindsey Buckingham released his debut in ‘Law And Order’ in 1981. The single, “Trouble” went Top 10! His second album, ‘Go Insane’ peaked at #45 on the Billboard 200 album chart in 1984, based mainly on the title track. “Go Insane”, the single, peaked at #23 on…read more »
Tom Petty – You don’t Know How It Feels This is Tom Petty’s last Top 40 charted single. Released in 1994 as the lead single from his solo album, ‘Wildflowers’, Tom wrote and produced a simple, yet poignant song about wanting more control over his public life as well as his artistic freedom. “You Don’t…read more »
There are plenty of people who say that make the best (blank). Very few can back it up. Sure, opinions are subjective and everyone’s is “correct”, but when someone can PROVE that they do something better than anyone else you know – that’s special. I’ve never been a big fan of cheesecake. It’s ok, but…read more »
The Police – Walking On The Moon ‘Regatta de Blanc’ came out in 1979. as the rise of reggae music began to creep across the U.S. The Police were heavily influenced by that sound and very specific rhythm and it stays in most of the band’s songs. “Walking On The Moon” was very reggae and…read more »