I was born to a humble sheet metal working man and his woman in West Chicago (that would be Big Ray and Pat.) That’s where I grew up. Living in the suburbs of Chicago was cool. I was far enough in the woods to be able to run through farm fields as a kid, yet close enough to enjoy the greatest big city in the world….Chicago.
My stories are legendary. My nickname with my crew that I used to run with is to this day on the north side of the Wheaton water tower. But that’s all I will say about what I did in my younger days.
Growing up, I worked for my Dad’s company Air Control Heating & Sheet Metal. Every day when I drive to the city, I see the buildings I used to work on. I would work outside when the temperatures would range from sub-zero in the winter, to well over 100 in the summer. It made me want to do something else. I wasn’t smart enough for anything but radio. But working with construction crews, even while I worked part-time here, made me appreciate how hard my dad worked for our family. It also makes me really appreciate the hard working folks of this great town.
My radio career was born at a party for Budweiser beer that happened in Daytona Beach, Florida. Long story short- I ran a party for free beverages, and the Ramblin’ career was launched.
I than knew I had to get into a business where I could have fun. My first real radio job began in Aurora at WAUR-AM 1280. I would do anything there from washing station vans to doing agriculture reports.
Than it was across the hall to WAUR 107.9, where I went from the overnight show to the morning show in two years. I worked all across Northern Illinois back in the day when real people worked in small town radio. Now the small town radio stations are mostly run by computer. And that’s sad!
I met JD Spangler who hired me at US99, and other than a brief “restructuring” of me back in 2001, this has been my radio home.
I’m humbled to be a part of the US99.5 Morning show with Lisa Dent. Every day we just have fun and talk to real people. The reason that WUSN has had such a good run is due to the best listeners anyone could ask for!
We love hearing from our listeners.
After his appearance as the final guest on David Letterman’s farewell show, a drunk Bill Murray decided to crash the MSNBC studio and he took a slow motion tumble off the chair! WATCH:
Only Ray could get into a little trouble at the doctor office.
Were you crazy enough to stay up for the whole game? It ended up being the longest game in Blackhawks history before Marcus Kruger knocked in the game winning goal in the 3rd OT.
The 3-day Windy City LakeShake Festival is happening on June 19-21 at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island! The full line up and list of activities has been released! Get the full schedule and […]
Did you stop at a garage sale over the weekend? Ray couldn’t help himself after he saw this sign. It was like it was calling him home.
Talk about a rough game to watch. We’re certain the only two good things to come from yesterdays Hawks game was the Brad Richard’s unassisted goal and seeing Andrew Shaw’s mustache. Monday's ChiTrib sports front […]
No dogs allowed! At least that’s the message the organizers of next weekends LaGrange Pet Parade are trying to get out. Due to all of the cases of canine influenza they’re telling folks who own […]
What makes YOU an “Uber Mom” !? Ray watched a mom pull out her kid’s tooth at a softball game!