WRIF’s 15th annual Rock 4 Tots took place at Freddy’s Bar & Grill in Clinton Township for two days last weekend, and the toy drive benefited the Clinton Township Goodfellows.

At the event, WRIF-FM also was given a certificate award of appreciation for 15 years of dedication of service to R4T. The event featured 50 bands on both days playing from Saturday afternoon to late Sunday night. Patrons were urged to bring a new unwrapped toy or $5 for admission. As of Sunday, we are way ahead of where we were for last year’s total, so Sunday is like a bonus day for us.

Both days had incredible acts of local rock and roll. My Personal favorite was Kenny Olsen with Jimmie Bones, Aaron Letrick, Jason Hartless, and Tosha Owens. It was magical. Rock 4 Tots features mini-sets from 50 bands ranging from Dave Hamilton to Stone Blossoms to Dave Edwards and The LOOK to my own band Chit playing a set throughout the day and into the night. Each act also performs a holiday tune.

Rock-4-Tots collects new unwrapped toys, and gift cards, and accepts cash donations. Throughout the event, there are 50/50 raffles, and an array of raffle items to choose from including an R4T exclusive rock box filled with swag from various performers. I had a ball hosting for my 15th time. and was great to see everyone support the local music scene so kids get a Christmas this year. My special thanks to the R4T crew which is the best around and the reason for the success of this event every year.

screamin’, Kenny Olson, Jimmie Bones, Jason Hartless.

Rock 4 Tots 2022

WRIF’s Jade Springart and Screamin getting a R4T 15 Award

10 Things You Might Not Know About Screamin' Scott

How well do you know me? Check out the facts below and get to know your favorite nighttime personality better!

  • I'm Left-Handed - Always have been. Left is right!

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  • I wear a Size 12 Wide Shoe - Yes, I have small skateboards for feet.


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  • I'm 6 feet tall! - But I think I'm shrinking.

    Measuring Rulers

  • I was born with extra sets of teeth - As a child, they took an X-ray to find I had an extra set of teeth! I've had some surgery over the years, but they have come in handy after playing hockey as a kid!

    Dentists Offering NHS Treatment Continue To Dwindle

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  • I do not sing in the shower well - I've tried, and the echo doesn't help make me any better.

    Wind And Rain Hit The UK

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  • I was married on my birthday by Arthur Penhallow - I also got married on my birthday so I would never forget the anniversary. And Arthur did a fantastic job!


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  • I have an extensive collection of rubber ducks - Yep.


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  • I have no tattoos - Yet!


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  • I once held the national record for Girl Scout Cookie eating - This comes from my time in radio in Indiana. They had an eating contest in a town outside of Ft. Wayne, and I ate 32 cookies in one minute!

    Girl Scouts Sell Cookies

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  • I have an award-winning chili recipe! - The award came at a contest at work. One year, thought I would enter the company cook off. Some say it's the best they ever tasted. It's fun to make and the secret ingredient makes it the best!

    Chili Feast

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Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been a part of the Detroit airwaves for over 29 years with 26 at WRIF and 3 years as a morning show host at Z-Rock. When he’s not out on the streets, you can find him in his game room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also devotes time doing local charities with his, "Screamin Angels"; and for 15 years with Rock 4 Tots charity. “CHIT” is his local cover band for 10 years all over the Motor City in local bars and has graced the main stage at local festivals like Arts, Beats & Eats warming up for national acts like Cheap Trick, Guess Who & even Salt & Peppa. Screamin’ is the lead singer and also plays cowbell & lead triangle

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