Ken Sumka

Overnight, Weekends

Ken has radio in the blood. He was worked on-air in one capacity or another for over twenty-five years. His humble beginning was at 10-watt WGHS 88.5, a station located on the 7th floor of Glenbard West High School, where he first heard and spun the likes of R.E.M., The Smiths, The Replacements and Joy Division in the early 1980’s.[Read Ken's Full Bio]

(photo by: Ken Sumka)

Rock and Roll Roadtrip: Rick’s Picks in Rockford, Illinois

Rick Nielsen, of Cheap Trick, has been saving like a pack rat since his teen years, saving artifacts both trivial and significant and has opened his vaults for all to enjoy.

In an exhibit called Rick’s Picks, the Rockford native has assembled one of the most impressive exhibits of rock and roll ephemera and memorabilia ever curated outside of possibly the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And while he could have easily staged this collection somewhere more tourist-friendly, like say Chicago or New York City, he chose to open the exhibit in his ancestral home of Rockford, Illinois at the Burpee Nuseum of Natural History. To say that Rockford has embraced its favorite son is an understatement. Try to visit a landmark in Rockford that doesn’t have a tie to or a relic from Rick or Cheap Trick.

12/18/2012

'85 Bears (album art)

Too Early?

I don’t believe in magical thinking. I do however keep mum when a Cub pitcher has a no-no going and tell the world when one’s going against the Cubs. I also believe that my iPod [...]

11/10/2012

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Ken Sumka Bio

Ken has radio in the blood. He has worked on-air in one capacity or another for over twenty-five years. His humble beginning was at 10-watt WGHS 88.5, a station located on the 7th floor of [...]

07/17/2012