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!!
Maria Muldaur – Midnight At The Oasis From her self-titled album released in 1973, Maria Muldaur, who had been active in the folk-blues scene since the early 60s, comes “Midnight At The Oasis”. She’s gone on to play with all of the legends of the blues at one time or another. She’s still known as…read more »
While I love Tom Hanks, and have not seen all of his movies, I thought about making a list of his best. However, I can’t decide as I have NEVER seen a Tom Hank film, I didn’t like. Now, maybe, eventually, I’ll see one and admit I don’t like it…. I suppose that’s possible.read more »
Arcadia – Election Day The band was an off-shoot of Duran Duran, consisting of three members, Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor. The first and only recognizable song is perfect for today. From the only album Arcadia released, ‘So Red the Rose’ in 1985, “Election Day” sounds just like anything Duran Duran recorded…read more »
Prince – Delirious The third single to be released from ‘1999’, it’s the third track on the album, and it became Prince’s second Top 10 hit! “Delirious” climbed the charts on the dance charts, R&B and Hot 100 with double entedre lyrics referring to sex, but hidden enough to keep from being censored. It worked…read more »
This week’s Fursday is *DRUMROLL* Karen!! Karen is far too preoccupied with cuddling, playing, and adventuring to ever request to speak with your manager. Her photos always seem to give the impression that she’s a bit sassy, but it’s quite the opposite! She’s a happy and affectionate lady that can truly never get enough of…read more »