Rick got his interest in radio from his father who worked with the Voice of America in the 1950’s. It was actually his death in 1968 that became the catalyst that would thrust the young Daytona Beach native into the field of journalism – a field that he had no experience or training for, much less an interest in. When he was 19, the Daytona Beach News-Journal offered him a job as a newspaper reporter. But his real goal was to be in radio.
That dream became a reality in 1974 when he talked his way into a fill-in position at WKKX in DeLand. From there, it was one station after another, staying at most a year or less – Zephyrhills’ WPAS and Sarasota’s WKXY (1975), then back to Daytona Beach and WNDB (1976), WDAT (1977), WMFJ (1978) and WQXQ (1978).
He got a major break in 1980 and landed a job in Tampa Bay at WSUN. After a brief stop in television, he joined Miami’s all-news WNWS in 1983 and bought some radio equipment for a home studio so he could do free-lance work for Reuters, the Associated Press, and National Public Radio. In 1990, he moved to Tampa’s 89.7 WUSF-FM, first as a reporter, and then as host of the “Morning Edition.” He was upped to news director in 1999, and remained in that position until leaving in 2003.
Since then, Rick has been back in Miami and today (2010) is a reporter/producer for WLRN-Miami Herald News.
1980 - 1983 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (News)
1990 - 2003 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (News)