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!!
It’s pretty well known that Prince was working on his memoir prior to his death and that it was nearly complete and Prince had chosen a New Yorker magazine writer, to write the forward. I am REALLY looking forward to this! The Beautiful Ones to be published October 29read more »
That’s my mom and dad in early 1973 at the height of fashion Check these out! #12, 19, 28 are epic! 30 Times Kids Realized Their Parents Were Cooler Than Themread more »
.38 Special – Second Chance The band’s eighth studio album, “Rock & Roll Strategy” was released in 1988. The title track was the first single released but it was the second “Second Chance” that became the band’s highest charting single! Original front-man, Don Barnes, never wanted to record it. He said it was a fine…read more »
Hop was used as flavorings as early as 400 BC by captive Jews in Babylon, but historians think that the real reason it was used as additive was for its antiseptic properties. By adding hops, brewers didn’t have to have high alcohol content to prevent spoilage. This meant less grains and therefore more profit. Mo’…read more »