Speer, Fred

“Know Your Neighbors” column by Paul Anthony Arco, Senior Staff Writer

for more than 40 years, radio announcer on WROK-1440 A.M.  He retired in 2002.

Graduate West High School

“He was hired by the Todd family, who owned the Rockford Morning Star and WROK, before they sold the station to Vern Nolte, whose claim to fame was securing the original patent for the concept of a cart machine.”

Source: Northwest Quarterly magazine Summer/Fall 2013 pp 144-145