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!
A couple of months ago Ray took a cute little guy from Paws Chicago as a foster parent. Let’s just say Ray couldn’t give him back and officially adopted Hutch yesterday.
Are you a die hard Garrett’s Popcorn fan? There’s good news if you live in the burbs….They’re opening up a store in Woodfield complete with all new flavors. GET THE FULL SCOOP HERE!!!!
Are you like Ray? He couldn’t take it any longer and put up his tree over the weekend.
In case you missed it, check out @JimmyButler's 6,000lb boombox fish tank. WATCH >> https://t.co/Fm4qKgxBkk #Tanked pic.twitter.com/l6oRNfOm8L — AnimalPlanet (@AnimalPlanet) November 16, 2015 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js“.” This thing is ridiculous!
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Would you kill him ladies? A husband posted a selfie of himself while his wife was in extreme pain in the delivery room. #Deliveryroomselfie Think this Dad is in trouble? https://t.co/aJ4bRmQu5c pic.twitter.com/E2osraeIKP — Jaciel Cordoba […]
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Ray was joking the other day that he needs to be like Tyler from Florida Georgia Line and rock a man bun. Well his wish has come true. They’re now selling clip on man buns. […]