The only thing I ever really wanted to be was a radio DJ. And although I have tried to be other things in my adult life, a radio DJ is still the thing I most want to be.
I was raised on a dairy farm near Monroe, and I went to college at UW-Platteville. After graduation, I worked at several different radio stations in Iowa and Illinois. In the middle of the 1990s, I went back to college at the University of Iowa with the intention of getting out of radio and becoming a social studies teacher. But on the way to my first teaching job, I was intercepted by an educational publishing company in Iowa City, and I became a full-time writer instead. I have worked as a writer and editor, both on some company’s payroll and as a freelancer, ever since. In 2000, a corporate education job brought us to Madison.
At one point in the late 90s and early 00s, I went nine years without doing a radio show. In 2006, I got a job working for Mid-West Family Broadcasting on 93.1 the Lake, a station that no longer exists, but remains much beloved by those of us who remember it. In 2008, I started working for Magic 98, and if you are able to read this bio on Magic’s website, I apparently still do.
My wife Ann and I have no kids, two cats, eight nephews, three nieces, and Badger football season tickets. We are also craft-beer geeks, so if you see us at the bar, say hello.
On Monday, August 21, for the first time in 99 years, a total eclipse of the sun will sweep across the entire United States, from Oregon to the Carolinas. The band of totality will be about 70
A couple of Saturdays ago, Ann and I visited a spot that zoomed up our list of favorite Madison hangouts after a single visit. The Biergarten at Olbrich Park opened at the end of June. Milwaukee has
The announcement this morning that Brennan’s Markets are closing at the end of September is a shock to everybody—especially to those of us from Monroe. Brennan’s was established in Monroe in 1942, so almost none of us
Every summer, from the time I was six or seven until I was 16, I got to spend a few days with my cousin Rob in Brodhead (and later in Madison), and he would spend a few
You may have heard on the news this week that Manuel Noriega, former president of Panama, died. In December 1989, the U.S. military launched Operation Just Cause, an invasion of Panama intended to safeguard Americans living in
Sometime, either this month or next, is my ninth anniversary working for Magic 98. Compared to Pat, Kathryn, Sara, and Lanette, I haven’t been here all that long, but it feels like a long time to me.
It’s the spring of 1971. I am 11 years old, and a student in Mrs. Barribeau’s fifth-grade class. Although I outwardly hold fast to the cultural conventions of the time regarding the general ickiness of girls, I
When I was five, the Palm Sunday Tornado went through my hometown of Monroe. It made a big impression on me—and one of the biggest was the way my parents would forever after turn on the radio
On one of the very first American Top 40 shows, dating back to 1970, Casey Kasem is baffled by the title of Chicago‘s song “25 or 6 to 4.” “We’ll figure it out as the weeks go
From 1998 to 2000, Sports Night was one of the best shows on TV, and it remains my favorite sitcom ever. It was the first TV show developed by Aaron Sorkin, who later created The West Wing