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!!
Happy 56th Birthday, Julian! Julian Lennon – Too Late For Goodbyes Celebrating Julian Lennon’s 56th birthday, we track his most successful single, “Too Late For Goodbyes”, from his debut album, ‘Valotte’. In the U.S., “too Late…” was the second single from the album but was released first in the U.K., prior to the single, “Valotte”.…read more »
Ashford & Simpson – Solid This song was all over Top 40 radio in 1984 and beyond. I don’t know how many times I recorded it from the radio on my boombox. “Solid” was the title track from the 1984 album and peaked at #12 on the Hot 100. I also remember seeing them lip-synching…read more »
The ’33’ on a bottle of Rolling Rock was originally a printer’s error. It refers to the 33 words in the original slogan. It has generated enough mystery over the years that the company left it in the label. Pearl Street Brewery Funktorious S.T.O.U.T. I was EXTREMELY excited to try this one from Pearl Street…read more »
Firefall – Strange Way An excellent song from Firefall’s third album, ‘Elan”. That was really the only thing good about the release. “Strange Way” peaked at #11 in 1978 and was the last Top 20 hit for the band and signaled the beginning of the end of the band. It took several more years of…read more »
The Fixx – Are We Ourselves Coming from the band’s third album, ‘Phantoms’, “Are We Ourselves” peaked at #15 on the Hot 100. In an interview, the band said that the song is about the alternative personality we tend to have when we are in a place we’re visiting or are unfamiliar with. Makes sense.read more »