After putting college off for many years, I decided to chase my childhood dream of being on the radio. In 2019 I graduated with honors from I.E.C.C. Wabash Valley College with an Associates of Applied Science in Radio/Television Broadcasting and Digital Media Technologies . During my time at WVC I was inducted into the Nations Honors Society, the National Technical Honors Society, and Phi Theta Kappa.
While attending Wabash Valley I worked at the college's TV station News Channel 15 and the college's radio station 89.1 FM "The Bash." Through both stations I would gain hands-on experience and training in multiple aspects of multi-media broadcasting, however my main focus would remain radio. At the time of graduation I had produced a JUCO World Series Tourney, created and hosted my own weekly show (The Alternative Rewind), and helped create/co-hosted the morning show (The Morning Bash).
The semester prior to graduation from WVC I accepted a low level position with T.O.C. Media's WFIW-WOKZ Radio in Fairfield, IL, where my primary duty was board operations during local sporting events. I quickly learned every position possible, honed my style, and began to fill in for anyone who needed a day off or a vacation, regardless of position at the station. In under three years I was hired full time and promoted to Production Director of WFIW-WOKZ in Fairfield, IL, and Lead Sports Producer for WROY-WRUL in Carmi, IL. I have also joined the T.O.C. News Crew, and continue to work in Operations at WFIW-WOKZ.
In an effort to continue furthering my education, I am currently an undergraduate student through Penn State University majoring in Communications.
I grew up in a very small town in Southeastern Illinois. At around 7 years-old I first walked into a radio station (WDRW FM in Eldorado, IL). From the moment I saw the studio I was in aw. A close family friend who was working at the station even let me get on air and announce a song. At that age this was a huge deal.
Later in my teens, prior to joining the U.S. Air Force, a few friends and myself would have a lot of fun with a small, low wattage, station in Harrisburg, IL.
In my late 30's, while working as an over-the-road truck driver I suffered a heart attack, which forced me to change my lifestyle. After years of working various manual labor and logistics jobs, I decided to finally chase my childhood dream of being a radio broadcaster.
Over 30 years since I first walked into a radio station, and I am still in aw every day.
You can catch me on air weekday mornings on WFIW AM 1390 & 103.3 FM, as well as WFIW 104.9 FM, and on alternating Saturdays.
Host of The Community Connection on WFIW AM 1390 & 103.3 FM weekday mornings at around 7:30 a.m., right after the 7:15 News. Community Connection is a daily interview show where I get to know some of our neighbors in the local community, local and state politicians, authors, and various experts in their respective fields. Shows are archived for on-demand listening at www.wfiwradio.com.
Co-Host of Morning Coffee weekday mornings on WFIW 104.9 FM, as well as www.wfiwradio.com and the WFIW YouTube Channel. Along side Silver Dome Award winning broadcaster Mark Turner, and joined by various guests and the hilariously intelligent WFIW newsman Jeff Vaughan, we start your day with random facts and lots of laughs.
Bi-Weekly Host of Saturday Sunrise, simulcast on WFIW AM 1390 & 103.3 FM, and WFIW 104.9 FM , as well as www.wfiwradio.com. Saturday Sunrise airs shortly after the 7:15 News on Saturday mornings, and is a great way to start your weekend.
Voice of The Events That Helped Shape Today on WFIW AM and FM. The Events That Helped Shape Today is a two-minute short that runs weekdays on WFIW AM 1390 & 103.3 FM during the hours of 6 a.m., the 7 a.m., and the 12 p.m., and on WFIW 104.9 FM during the hours of 6 a.m, and 7 a.m., where I select three or four of the most interesting events from this day in history. Remember ... What Happens Today, Becomes History Tomorrow!
Feature Artist Spotlights - From time to time I have the honor of talking to up and coming musicians, as well as music legends. These can be heard across multiple T.O.C. Media stations. Currently T.O.C. is comprised of 18 commercial stations of various formats.