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 – Time Out of Mind From the 1980 album, ‘Gaucho’, Steely Dan released two singles – “Hey Nineteen” and “Time Out of Mind”. The album’s recording process was mired in all sorts of bad luck and problems, which eventually lead to Walter Becker and Donald Fagen to take a 20 year hiatus from…read more »
Remembering the beautiful Helen Reddy Helen Reddy – Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady Of course, the world lost Helen Reddy this week at the age of 78. I always had a crush on her as a kid. She had a great smile and bright and beautiful eyes. Harriet Schock (who?) wrote and first…read more »
Prince & The New Power Generation – Diamonds & Pearls The title track of Prince & The N.P.G.’s 1991 album is a beautiful ballad with soul, rock and R&B all wrapped up in it. Prince was the King of being able to make all genre’s of music become his OWN genre. “Diamonds & Pearls” is…read more »
This week we have Mike. He is a laid back fella that really enjoys a good scratch. He enjoys the company of other cats and would make a great napping partner. Contact Cedar Bend Humane Society for adoption details on Mike and other future furry family members! https://www.cedarbendhumane.org/read more »
Steve Miller Band – Wide River From 1993 (the same year of the massive flooding of the Mississippi river) came The Steve Miller Band’s fifteenth studio album, ‘Wide River’. Of course, he had no idea about the timing of the released and what was to happen, all down the Mississippi river valley…. Just good timing!…read more »