Mike Borowiec

Mike Borowiec

Name: Mike Borowiec (aka MikeBo)
Role: Co-Owner, Station Manager
Location: Naperville, IL, US

Mike has been Station Manager at ProgRock.com since 2013 – managing the 24×7 music feed (excepting hosted shows) and the station music library.

Prior to joining ProgRock.com, Mike was a DJ at The Dividing Line Broadcast Network for 10 years, hosting a progressive rock radio show “Strange Universe” through nearly 400 episodes. Favorite artists include Rush, Kansas, Genesis, Yes, Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson.

Mike has a varied musical taste and brings that diversity to the station’s musical lineup – being a fan of classic and progressive rock and all its sub-genres, including jazz-rock fusion. If you have a favorite artist and are not hearing
them on ProgRock.com, let him know.

Zap Niles

Zap Niles

Zap Niles (a nom de plume) is not only a former professional musician, songwriter, and recording artist, having spent more than twenty-five years in the music business with five recording contracts under his belt, but is also an avid music collector. Indeed, since purchasing his first LP way back in the early ’70s, he has accumulated more than 7,000 albums. And although he enjoys quite a number of musical styles, mostly in the “Rock” genre, his all-time favorite style is Progressive Rock in all its various forms (Neo-Prog, Prog-Metal, Heavy Prog, Symphonic Prog, Eclectic-Prog, Canterbury Prog, etc.).

Zap is also a multiple award-winning author of both novels and short stories, and currently works as an editor in the publishing industry and as a freelance writer. Several years ago, deciding to combine his love of music with his writing skills, he began his “Zap Niles – Musical Musings & Album Reviews” website, where he posts his hundreds upon hundreds of album reviews and other music-related articles, as well as keeps a discography of every single album within his vast collection, along with his ratings for each of them.

As the name implies, his show, “Prog-Scure: Obscure Bands on the Prog-Rock Scene (Past & Present),” focuses on artists that either time has forgotten or current artists who still remain shamefully undiscovered or ignored by the masses. Additionally, he may also play lesser-known tracks—”B” sides, rarities, bonus songs—from popular bands on the Prog-Rock scene, or Prog-Rock music released by artists not even normally associated with the genre itself.

You can find Zap by visiting his website (http://zapniles.com) or Facebook profile (https://www.facebook.com/zapniles).

Peter Prog

Peter Prog

NAME : PeterProg

ROLE : Dj

YOB :  1953

LOCATION : Llandysul,  Wales

SHOW : Epic Mondays 

               Check It Out 

Dj PeterProg also known as Peter O’Neill. I have fond memories of visiting the local Memorial Hall ( Still there today ), where rock bands of all descriptions would play every weekend. I soon came to notice some were different, songs were longer, more experimental but inspiring. I was soon to learn it was progressive rock music, it has been a big part of my life ever since and I would like to keep the flame of progressive rock music burning brightly with your help.

I’m delighted to say, my time is now largely spent as a Dj with ProgRock.com, where I produce two shows each and every week.

EPIC MONDAYS : Where you can start your week with a relaxed look at some epic tracks of 10 mins or more and not every week but some a great feature My Ep Special – Where I play a favourite Ep in it’s entirety !

CHECK IT OUT : Where you can enjoy new and exciting progressive rock music and most weeks a great feature Album Of The Week – Where I play 75% of a new album with some of the band joining you and me in chat !

Rayna Monforti

Rayna Monforti

Name: Rayna Monforti

Role: Co-Owner, DJ, Marketing

Location: Chicago, IL, USA

Show: Music in Widescreen (since Feb 2003)

Top Prog Albums:

  • Anathema – Weather Systems
  • Arena – The Visitor
  • Big Big Train – English Electric
  • Dream Theater – Scenes From A Memory
  • Flicker – How Much Are You Willing to Forget
  • Genesis – Selling England By the Pound
  • Kevin Gilbert – The Shaming of the True
  • Mars Hollow – Mars Hollow
  • Nemo – Barbares
  • Phideaux – Doomsday Afternoon
  • Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
  • Riverside – Shrine of New Generation Slaves
  • Porcupine Tree – In Absentia
  • Shadow Gallery – Tyranny

Best Ever Live Gig:

  • Stadium: Roger Waters, United Center, Chicago
  • Club: Porcupine Tree, Double Door, Chicago

Mark Monforti

Mark Monforti

Name: Mark Monforti

Role: Co-Owner

YOB: 1966

Location: Chicago, USA

Show: Music In Widescreen (since Feb 2004)

Favorite Prog Albums:

  • Genesis – Selling England By the Pound
  • Porcupine Tree – Deadwing
  • Project Creation – The Floating World
  • IQ – Frequency
  • Discipline – Unfolding the Staircase
  • Phideaux – Doomsday afternoon
  • Unitopia – The Garden
  • Kevin Gilbert – The Shaming of the True
  • Riverside – Shrine of new Generation Slaves
  • Flicker – How much are you willing to forget
  • Big Big Train – English Electric

Best Ever Live Gig:

  • Stadium: Roger Waters,  Wrigley Field 2012
  • Club: Porcupine Tree Double Door Chicago 2002

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