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!!
KISS – Forever The band’s last Top 40 single, “Forever” was written by Paul Stanley and Michael Bolton. Yes, THAT Michael Bolton, who incidentally, was in a rock band with the lead guitar player at that time, Bruce Kulick, called Blackjack. Released in 1989 on their ‘Hot In The Shade’ album, “Forever” was a power…read more »
We are highlighting “Nina”! She is a 1yr old domestic short hair cat. Sweet and affectionate. Let’s find her a Furever home! read more »
Bruce Springsteen – Brilliant Disguise The Boss released his album, ‘Tunnel Of Love’ in 1987. The first single from the album, “Brilliant Diguise”, went to #5 on the Hot 100 and was the #86 on the year end US Top Pop Singles. It was also nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 1988 Grammy Awards.read more »
Electric Light Orchestra – Shine A Little Love This is the first track of the 1979 album ‘Discovery’. It’s actually one of the band’s biggest worldwide hits, and did very well in the U.S. It’s hardly ever heard on the classic hits format here, but it was a Top 10 hit, peaking at #8 on…read more »
Elvis Presley – Guitar Man Originally written and released in 1967 by Jerry Reed, soon after it’s release Elvis heard it and wanted to cover it. He even asked, nay, demanded that the original guitar player be in studio for his recording. Jerry Reed was rounded up by Elvis’ people and was part of the…read more »