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!!
The Rembrandts – Just The Way It Is Baby This duo are one of my favorites of all time. The Rembrandts, consisting of Danny Wilde and Phil Solem, are one of the best of the songwriting teams that really don’t get their just due. Artistically, they are pure power pop. However, the interesting lyrics and…read more »
John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band Following on the heels of the popularity of the “Eddie & The Cruisers” soundtrack, John Cafferty and his band of “Brown” released their second album (interestingly enough NOT called Eddie & The Cruisers 2 – although that DID come later) “Tough All Over”. The title track was the…read more »
The Golding Institute (no idea what that is) has released a few records that a vinyl collector, such as myself, really shouldn’t do without. If the cover and content weren’t enough to empty your pockets for, it also includes an Esperanto transcription of the recording and free sanitary toilet seat cover! Talk about a collector’s item!…read more »
I’m out of beer at home. I know… How does that happen? In my experience, it’s usually lack of funds. So, this week I’ll take a hiatus and come back next week with some more tasty brews to talk about! Cheers! Skol!read more »
Dr. Hook – Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk Dr. Hook had some trouble with keeping record companies. They began on CBS Records as Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, then after going bankrupt, they recorded an album for Columbia that went unreleased. Then in 1975, the band signed with Capitol and with that a big…read more »