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Dave grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and was raised on a steady diet of legendary radio stations like WGN and WLS. He decided at a very early age that he was going to be on the radio and wasn’t shy about letting anyone who’d listen know about his master plan to grow up and be an on-air personality.
After graduating from Marist High School in Chicago (GO REDHAWKS!), Dave attended Loras College in Dubuque, where he worked on the campus radio station (KLOR) and after a brief internship, landed a job reading the news/sports and obituaries on WDBQ-AM. For real. Obituaries. It was one of the more popular segments on the station. He also hosted “The Sunday Night Alternative” on KLYV-FM from 1993-1995 (a particularly great time to be playing Alternative Music, whatever that term means).
Dave left Dubuque for the Quad Cities in May of 1995 shortly after the launch of The Planet 93.5 KORB-FM where he handled the evening shift until 2000, when a format change found The Planet becoming 93 ROCK. Dave became the host of “Levora in the Morning”, a show which as you might have already guessed…took place in the morning.
In April of 2004, Dave moved from 93 ROCK to 97 ROCK to co-host The Dave & Darren morning show with Darren Pitra. The duo would later move to ROCK 104.9 where they would continue to wake up the Quad Cities until July of 2014.
After 19 years on the air in the Quad Cities, Dave found himself the victim of a format change. His radio exodus allowed him to work on other pursuits including launching a podcast network (Nacho Radio) and hosting a TV show dedicated to craft beer (WQAD’s “Brewed”). As rewarding as these new opportunities were, he always dreamed of a day where he could return to the airwaves. That dream became real in January of 2018 when named the new co-host on AM Quad Cities on News Talk 1420, WOC-AM.
Dave lives in Bettendorf with his wife (Jenni) and their son (Owen).