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GrokTheMad's first artwork as drawn by Senor Random. Dialup users beware! 216k

Current show schedule

  • Wednesday nights: 9pm - 11pm (EDT)
  • Thursday nights: 9pm -12am (EDT)
  • Saturday Nights: 10pm - 1am (EDT)

Contact Info


Grok began as a DJ on Radio KOL in January of 2006. Although hired in November of 2005, a slot was not yet available in the schedule.

Grok's radio shows are collectively called Groxycore Radio. A particular radio show does not necessarily follow a theme. However, given that a show can contain many different genres of music in a short space of time, the segueway between songs is always important. The shows are usually family friendly, although from time to time things can happen which might cause parents to call out "earmuffs!" for the young chilluns.

Grok's loyal radio listeners are called Groxygenarians. They are distinguished as such by not identifying themselves as Groxygenarians in their player profiles or by any other method, including Grok naming them. They are, therefore, always present but never noticed. Like ninjas. Or tooth plaque.

Origin of Grok's name

GrokTheMad's name is frequently questioned as coming from Heinlein's Stranger In A Strange Land. In actuality, it came from needing a name with which to register a character for playing the Kingdom Of Loathing. And being as Grok has only four letters, was easy to pull from an addled brain, type and remember for a lazy, lazy person, it stuck.

The Mad was added later, after wanting a distinguishing feature with which to identify the character, and debating amongst several now forgotten choices. This took about a second and a half of real time.

Grok's Personal Info

Brief History Of Grok

Grok was a semi-professional singer for 10 years, touring the world with two seperate singing troupes. He's got a background in drama, doing dramatic theatre, opera and many, many musicals. His official degree is a triple major in English, Communcations and Social Sciences (oddly enough, called a B.S.) He's a hobbyist writer, having "won" NaNoWriMo several years in a row (but currently on hiatus).

Grok grew up in Tucson, Arizona, went to high school there and did two years in college at Northern Arizona Univeristy, when they were still the Lumberjacks. Go Jacks! He studied in the Musical Theatre program there, and eventually won the distinction of a nomination for an Irene Ryan award for a minor role in Sondheims's "A Little Night Music."

Finishing up his college at Eastern Michigan University, Grok also had a chance to audition for a spot at the North Carolina School Of The Arts. However, as the realization settled on him that he did not want to live and work in New York, he gave up that dream and now is happy to play supporting roles and do stage work behind the scenes for his local community theatre.

AT EMU Grok did a DJ stint for 2 years on the local radio station. His future wife also worked on the show as "Chief Engineer" although she never spoke, being the shy type. She could switch carts and discs like a madwoman though.



Grok is a tabletop gamer, playing and running RPG's for many years. Games include: Dungeons and Dragons (original and D20), Champions! (but not FRed, sadly), Mutants and Masterminds, Star Wars, Fudge (various), Legend Of The 5 Rings, 7th Sea, Vampire, Werewolf, Amber Diceless, Deadlands (once), and some crappy home grown stuff. Grok has also LARP'ed quite a bit, and was in a steady monthly outdoor fantasy LARP for 2 years (lightning bolt! lightning bolt!).

Currently between games, although looking to start something up right quick with his bonehead gaming group. Grok loves games of all types, especially card/board games and has attended many gaming Cons (the last one being GenCon 2002). He owns a modded Xbox (31337 mod, software only, bitches, so no Live banz0rz for me!) as well as a PS2 and several handheld Nintendo units.

Grok is a a technology geek, having any computers in various states of disarray. He's proficient with several OSes, loves *NIX, programs in Perl whn

Real Life

Grok is an IT manager who works with technology all day, and lurves it and hates it simultaneously. Grok works for a non-profit health care company in Michigan.

Grok lives in Southeastern Michigan with his wife and four(!) children, 2 dogs and a cat. And a hamster named Eddie Hamtaro Wiggles.

Distinguishing Features

  • Grok was the last hire of outgoing Hiring Director, Faustus Pringle. Faustus is still apologizing to station management as of this writing.
  • Grok's musical collection is best described as ecclectic. Other words that have been used to describe it are crappy, reprehensible, second-rate, valueless and omgwtfbbq.
  • Grok will never play anything by ICP or Barbara Streisand, and will kill any bastard out there who mashes them up.
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