I’m still pretty new to radio by comparison. I started off my radio career at Cow97 in January of 2008 doing middays on the weekend, and filling in where ever else needed. In June of 2008 I left Cow97 and moved to southwest Iowa. While in Iowa I worked some odd jobs and worked part time at KJAN in Atlantic, Iowa for about a year. Now I’ve been back at Cow97 since February 2012 and am so glad to be back home in Cow Country.
I grew up on a family farm north of a map dot called Stanton, Iowa. I honestly believe I was 8 or 9 before I realized most people bought milk at the grocery store, and didn’t get their meat from a private drawer in the cooler of the local meat locker. I came to the area in 2003 via Fort McCoy on my way to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon my return to the States in 2004 I rented a cabin at Pine View Campground for a week's vacation. I ended up staying for 4 years and met my wonderful wife. In 2008 she had a great job opportunity present itself in Iowa so we headed south. In early 2012 we decided we missed Wisconsin and came back to the area.
I love music in general, but nothing speaks to me quite like country music. There is something about songs that seem like they were written about me and my life and no other genre does that like country. When I was younger I listened to a lot of “Hair Bands” then in the early 90’s a friend told me about this country song and had me listen to it. The song was Against The Grain by a still relatively new artist from Oklahoma by the Name of Garth Brooks. I was hooked.
Favorite Place to Hangout when not working:
Well it either has to be at home with my wife and dogs, or a karaoke bar.
Dirty Little Secret:
I Love Katy Perry’s Music
Favorite Sports Team:
I’m not much of a stick and ball sports guy but I do like watching the Packers. My sport is NASCAR and I’m a fan of the number 88 Hendricks Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt JR.
Local animal Shelters
What Did you Want to Be as a Kid?:
I wanted to be a Naval Aviator.
What superhero would you want to be and why?:
Batman, because he has the coolest toys. Incidentally he is the only superhero without superpowers.
If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be?:
The Intimidator Dale Earnhardt just because he seemed like a regular working class guy.
What is your Weirdest quirk?:
I love repelling and climbing terrain features, but I’m scared of heights.
What is the wallpaper on your cell phone?:
A 3-masted wooden ship under ominous skies
What are three things I can’t live with out?:
BOB GOFF--MORNING FARM REPORT---M-Sat 5-6AM
I’m a local boy…born in Tomah but raised in the Minneapolis area until 5th grade when we came back to live in Warrens, where my mom still lives. I started on the radio in November of 1979 at the old WTMB and have been on the air every year since. I have known my fiancé since high school and we live in Camp Douglas where we plant up the yard with petunias in the spring and watch DYI for ideas on the house!
Fun Facts about Bob...
Favorite COW97 Moment...
The recent Honky Tonk for St. Jude is right up there…hanging out in Nekoosa with Ricochet a while back was just too much fun!
Favorite place to hang out when not working...
In my yard, on a lawn chair with a good book and the grill fired up cooking whatever!
Dirty Little Secret...
I like to bake cakes and cookies
St. Jude, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Comic Book Defense League Fund
Favorite Wisconsin Sports Team...
Packers of course! Then the Brewers.
What did you want to be as a kid...
A bigger kid
What cartoon character or superhero would you like to be and why...
It used to be Batman, but he got too serious….I’ll go with Booster Gold! (Mad props to my buddy Dan Jurgens!)
If they were to make a movie about you, who would play you and what would the title be...
"Don’t Get Your Tit Caught In A Ringer" (there’s a story there …ask me when you meet me) and Bobby Moynihan from SNL would play me
If you could meet anyone famous, dead or alive, who would it be and why...
Harry Houdini…..I’d ask him how he did it!
What is your weirdest quirk...
I collect comic books….at my age!
What is the wallpaper on your cell phone...
My cat Pete
What are 3 things you can’t live without...
My Steely Dan CD collection, My Comic Book Collection and my fiancé’ and her kids!
CLARY HARRIS--NEWS DIRECTOR
Who is Clary?....
I was born and raised in Viroqua and now live in Holmen with my wife of 25 years Sandra. My radio career started in 1977 and has taken me around the area and to St Louis. After being in St Louis I realized how nice this area really is.
My favorite sports teams are...
the Packers, Brewers and in high school the only Vikings I would cheer for is The Holmen Vikings
As a child I wanted to be...
a Brain Surgeon and if that didn't work out a garbage man.
The person I would really like to meet...
Three things that I absolutely cannot live without...
food, water and sleep.
C.J. ANDERSON--SPORTS DIRECTOR
Hey there! I'm CJ, bringing you all of your sports on COW97 and and our sister stations ESPN La Crosse, and your COW97 5pm News.
I graduated from Sparta High and did my radio training at Radio1 Broadcast School in La Crosse.
I'm happy to have been a part of the team since late fall of 2010. When i'm not here talking about sports, I like to golf, read, hang out with friends, and spend time with my wonderful girlfriend. Thanks for listening, and as a prominent Sunday Morning news anchor would say, "I'll see you on the radio"!
Hey there...I am Andy Thursten. I bring you country music on the weekends. I am a fully bred Wisconsin boy that does not bleed the Green and Gold, or the Badger Red. I am sorry, but I do love the Milwaukee Brewers, so 1 out of 3 is not too bad.
As far as the music goes I love it all. Pop, classic rock, and of course country. If I had to pick my favorite artists it would have to go Jimmy Buffet, Zac Brown, Brad Paisley, and then Keith Urban.
Favorite place to hang out when not working:
Love going to concerts, bowling, sporting events, or feet up on the couch watching a good sporting event.
Dirty little secret:
I have a mobile DJ Service Called "Thirsty Times DJ"
Favorite Wisconsin Sports Team:
What did you want to be as a kid?
The next Michael Jordan.....
What cartoon character or superhero would you like to be and why?
Eric Cartman...who doesn't like cheesy poofs
If they were to make a movie about you, who would play you and what would the title be?
David Spade. And the Title would be "The Man In The Stands"
If you could meet anyone famous, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Chris Farley.. He was so funny, and time sooo short.
What is your weirdest quirk?
I always take three paper towels when I dry my hands, or 2 kleenex when i blow my nose.
What is the wallpaper on your cell phone?
The one that came on it. I know no fun, but have no idea how to change it.
What are three things you can't live without?
sports, music, and my wife (brownie point answer)
I was born in southern Wisconsin a few years back. Lived on a farm for a while as a child then moved up north here to La Crosse. After living there for a while the fam picked up and moved around quite a bit. Had the opportunity to see a lot of the beautiful country we call home. Ended up in Sparta as a teenager and have been here ever since. I am a proud mom of two wonderful(by wonderful I mean masters of driving one insane) boys that keep me quite busy most of the time. They definitely keep me on my toes, that's for sure.
I had the luxury of having parents that were appreciative of all types of music growing up, so i enjoy all of it. Country though is my favorite by far. I lived outside a little town called Branson, MO for a few years and it was life changing for me. had the chance to meet some really wonderful and talented people there and had some of the best times of my life!!
Other than music I enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, well generally just being outside with my boys teaching them all of the things i have learned over the years. Football is my favorite sport. Born a Packer fan, and always will be!!! This is my first job in radio and absolutely love it!!!!
Fav Place to be when not working:
I love to be at the family cabin where there is always something to hunt,
fish, or chase down!!!
Dirty Little Secret
If I told you it wouldn't be a secret now would it!!!
St Judes Childrens Research Hospital
Favorite Sports Team
The one and only Green Bay Packers!!!!
What is your wierdest quirk?
I have a really huge fear of clowns. I know the kids love them
and all, but i will straight up cry if i run into one anywhere!!!
My name is Josh, but I'm known around the building as J.R. and I finally have a job I like! I just finished school for radio broadcasting and hey! Look! Looks like I did something right but who knows?? I went to school right hear in La Crosse at Radio 1 but I'm originally from St.Paul, Minnesota... GO WILD!
I have lived all over this great country but I call the midwest home because whereever I move to I always end up back here or somewhere close. I'm a big city boy with a country heart who loves the outdoors. There's not too many things better than fishing and a cold one to me.
Music is my passion. I am consumed with it. I listen to all genres...good music is good music to me. I love it all and I have even been known to jam out to a polka song or two...hahahalike i said good music is good music. I enjoy a good time and have been known to be the lifeof the party once or twice!
Favorite place to hang out when not working … Anywhere where there is a
studio to make or produce music.
Dirty Little Secret… I sometimes listen to Polka
Favorite charity… My bank account
Favorite Sports Team… Minnesota Wild
What did you want to be as a kid… A better question would be what didn't
I want to be as a kid but I guess the main thing i wanted to be as a kid
was the next Wayne Gretzky
What cartoon character or superhero would you like to be and why… I wish
I was a cartoon period, I think life would be alot more fun if everything
was animated. I guess I should of been born in the 70s.
If they were to make a movie about you, who would play you and what would
the title be… A young Al Pacino and The World is Mine
If you could meet anyone famous, dead or alive, who would it be and why…
WOW what a question there are so many Jimi hendrix, Jim Morrison, or maybe
Johnny Cash I could keep going but we dont have all day I just opt for a
time machine so I can meet them all
What are 3 things you can’t live without… Music, Money and My MOM