I consider myself lucky to have been born and raised right here in the Rock River Valley, a place that my family and my wife Amy's family have called home for generations. I was first hired at WROK in 1983, and except for a short departure, I've spent my entire career right here in Rockford. Halloween of 2019 will mark my 18th anniversary of hosting the WROK Morning Show, making me the longest-serving morning show host in the station's nearly 100-year history. Amy and I have been happily married for 28 years, with two (now grown) children, Spencer (who does voice-overs for audio books and commercial voice-over work, too), and Molly (a graduate of Rock Valley College who also dazzles with service at a popular local restaurant). I'm luckier than I ever thought possible. When I'm not here at the station, I can usually be found at one of Rockford's many great, local events, either as host/master of ceremonies, or as an attendee. If we should meet, feel free to buy me 1 to 7 drinks.
Naperville Woman Takes 2nd Place In Nathan’s Hot Dog Contest
Naperville's Sara Rodriguez (pictured on the far right) ate more hot dogs in 10 minutes than Joe Dredge and I have eaten collectively in the last two years. Well, more than me, anyway.
New Law May Bring More Cameras To Illinois Expressways
The law, signed last week, requires state agencies to come up with a plan to increase the number of cameras along expressways in Cook County.
CDC Says Kissing Bugs Have Moved North, Including Illinois
After reading about what these little critters do, I think we'd all prefer to be overrun with "friend zone" bugs.
Some Little-Known Facts About Illinois’ Favorite Easter Candy
For those wondering about Illinois' favorite way to get a good sugar-shock, look no further than the humble Peep.
Illinoisans Will Need ‘REAL ID’ To Fly In 2020
The REAL ID can be used for domestic flights or to enter federal facilities, but you don't have to get one if you'd rather use your passport.
Illinois Has The Highest Tax Rates in America
Sure, it's great to be #1 at something, but I think most of us here in Illinois would prefer it to be in another category.