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.
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
Next week, public-school juniors all across Wisconsin will take the ACT. If it seems like I haven’t been on the radio all that much these last six weeks, it’s because I have been traveling around the state
Last weekend I did something I hadn’t done since 1980 (I think): I was on the radio while the Super Bowl was on. While thousands of people in the Madison area were watching the game and/or waiting
The snowstorm this week reminded me of the years I worked at a radio station in small-town Iowa. It was a 70-mile round trip commute from where we lived, so whenever I would otherwise be snowbound at
If you watch the NFL playoffs this weekend, you’ll see various performances of the National Anthem. As the games get bigger, so do the stars who perform the anthem. We’re used to pop performances of that song
Here’s something that’s not a news flash: we have lost a lot of famous people in 2016. It seems like there have been more losses in 2016 than ever before, although a scientist crunched some numbers and
The weather forecast for the Packers/Bears game on Sunday says that the high temperature might be one below. That would make it one of the coldest Packer games in history, up there with the famous Ice Bowl
There's been a major brouhaha the last few years over the phrase "Happy Holidays." Some people consider the phrase fightin' words, claiming people should say "Merry Christmas." On the other hand, you may have seen the meme
On Thanksgiving Day 1981, I was a little baby disc jockey at KDTH in Dubuque, Iowa. My show was nearly over when a listener called to ask why I hadn’t played any Thanksgiving songs yet that morning.
A few years ago, I went into the archives and looked at some of the morning-after Election Day editions of the Wisconsin State Journal. Here’s some of what I found: On Wednesday, November 8, 1972, the State Journal punned,