Rick Party is a man I truly admire in the industry. He has left few stones un-turned in his career and he continues to reach new highs and attempt to be better than he has ever been while many people his age appear to have lost their drive to thrive and have settled Rick goes the extra mile and takes great care of himself looking half his age and constantly reaching of the stars. We are thrilled to have him as a part of the RFFocus Anniversary issue.
Kevin Ross: Tell us about your tenure in the industry?
Rick Party: I started my radio career in Chicago in the 80’s, as bullied teenager, I found hope listening to Earl Boston on WBMX. I would call to make song requests, he asked me why am I calling so much during the day when I should be in school. I told him I was bullied, he mentored me and I wanted to be just like him. So I got myself together, enrolled on station for kids, went to Columbia School of Broadcasting and lead me to being one of the most sought out young personalities with stops in Dallas, Atlanta, Miami and finally home in 1992 at WGCI Chicago.
KR: Have you ever wanted to program? Why or why not?
RP: Early on in my career I thought about programming, but when I saw my coworkers at WGCI, Tom Joyner, Doug Banks and Steve Harvey make millions on the radio… Doing a 4 hour radio show… I scrapped that thought immediately and stuck with being a radio host.
KUDOS to Earl Boston for reaching out to a young black male that needed help. Showing interest in Rick and other young black men (for the rest of the industry) could make the difference in better life choices. See the full interview in 20th Anniversary Issue of RFFocus , on your desks by March 15. Not on our mailing list? Submit your info here