Rich was born in Bay Village, Ohio in 1960 and spent his early childhood growing up in the rural town of Avon on Cleveland’s west side. At the age of sixteen he moved to Clearwater with his family and, three years later, graduated from Clearwater High School.
Rich received two congressional appointments to the Naval Academy in Annapolis which made college plans promising. However, he decided to pass on the opportunity and instead enrolled at the University of Florida to study his real passion – broadcasting. While going to school, he picked up some experience working at WRUF AM & FM, the university’s radio stations, and went on to receive his bachelor's degree in broadcasting. Along the way, he also picked up the Red Barber Award for broadcasting excellence.
In addition to having been a deejay at over a dozen radio stations around the country (including LA’s KNX and KCBS-FM), he spent almost a decade in Tampa Bay with WYUU, WCOF, WFJO/WSUN, and WRBQ, and was the announcer on the Florida lottery's “Flamingo Fortune” TV game show taped at Orlando’s Universal Studios. From there he became the chief meteorologist at KPSP, CBS-2 in Palm Springs, California. Shortly thereafter, he was hand-picked by Bob Barker to succeed the late Rod Roddy as the new announcer on TV’s longest-running game show, “The Price Is Right.”
1994 - 2003 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)