Rick Party Talks to Radio Facts Reveals Childhood Challenge that led to his Success

Rick Party is a man I truly admire in the industry. He has left few stones unturned 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 mil

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Successful Broadcaster Shares Challenge of Helping Parents While Starting New Syndicated Show

radiofacts.comRick Party’s Honest Approach to The Industry and Social Media is Commendable.

I have always had the greatest respect for Rick Party. He’s a brilliant talent, and entrepreneur and he a family man. He constantly posts things about his daughter who is a successful dancer, his sons, and his youngest daughter. But what’s most impressive about Rick is that he is also not afraid to post his challenges, unlike many people on social media, who consistently attempt to project a perfect life which we all know doesn’t exist.

In a recent post (see below) Rick posted a very touching video of his mom who is fighting cancer and his father who is battling Dementia meeting after not seeing each other for two weeks. The video on Facebook has garnered over 30,000 views with well-wishers and supporters.

If you are between the ages of 45 and 65 you can certainly relate to what it’s like to split yourself in many different directions, your parents, who need you more and more, your children who may need you at any time, your career which YOU need and YOUR life, which is often last if at all.

It’s truly amazing how your love for your parents and kids can override any hint of exhaustion or industry pretentiousness. I’d like to thank Rick for his honesty and willingness to share his story with the industry.  I told Rick that I have never in my entire career in the industry seen anyone ever talk about “The sandwich years.” He was willing to speak on his situation. Let’s all keep Rick’s parents and Rick in our prayers.

radiofacts.comKEVIN ROSS: Do your parents still reside in Chicago? 

RICK PARTY: Yes! They do. For over 30 years, my parents have resided on the Southside of Chicago in the Auburn/Gresham neighborhood. In fact, our home is located on the main block that was used to film the movie “Chiraq” starring Nick Cannon.

What are some of the great things that you can say about your mother and father? 

My biological parents divorced when I was 2 years old, so my stepfather has been in my life since I was 2 years old. I do not call him nor do I refer to him as my step-dad.  I simply call him “Dad.” He was a hard worker, starting as a janitor in his company, then working himself up the ladder to the top of corporate America in the shipping/receiving industry. I have found in him everything a small child could want in a father.  He was a true protector and provider.

My mother, an educator, in the Chicago Public Schools, made sure my siblings and I received the best education at school and at home.  She was very strict and had many rules for us to follow or suffer the consequences.  As an adult, I now understand why she was like that and I am so grateful for this superwoman

My mother was also moonlighting as seamstress/tailor/designer/event planner. She enjoyed designing wedding dresses and the entire event that surrounded weddings. Everyone admired her creations.  To this day, my mother has remained keenly aware of new trends in fashion and always looks so beautiful.

What does it feel like to start and a new chapter (syndication) and to be needed more than ever by your parents at the same time? 

Honestly, it hurts like hell. I wish I could spend every waking moment with my mother, but that is not possible.  My mother has actually reminded me of my purpose in life and encouraged me to continue to use this new platform to bring it to fruition. My syndicator, Westwood one/ Cumulus, has also greatly helped by making its studio in Chicago available to me anytime that I need to or want to spend time with my mother.  I actually accepted its offer and just spent five days with her.  Thus, I can not wish for anything else.  I speak to my mom every day and I intend to travel back and forth and have quality time with her.

You have a young daughter and adult children how are they doing and have they been able to assist? 

Sadly, my younger children lost their maternal grandmother, Mimi, to cancer recently so this is a lot for them. As far as my youngest, she just knows that “grandmother” is in the hospital, but I am not sharing the full details with her. My older children are superheroes, though my eldest child is married, he and his wife do everything they can to assist rather near or far.

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Rick Party and his wife “Mrs. Party”

You talked about your wife taking over your company, you seem to have a great support system. Tell us about that.

My wife gets the MVP trophy! She is the manager for Rick Party, the talent.  As such, she provides me with exceptional guidance on all aspects of my career.  She advises and counsels me concerning professional matters, and personal decisions that may have an impact on my career.  Additionally, she is the CEO of Rick Party Media.  She deals with our short-term and long-term strategies and company decisions.  She implements the company’s vision and evaluates its success in reaching its goals. I could not do it all without her.

What advice would you give other industry people who are dealing with aging parents, career and children? 

Never forget that everyone’s time here is limited, including yours and that of your parents and children, so do not get caught up in the trappings of “fame.”  Spending quality time with your loved ones MUST be a priority.  Remind yourself that everything that you have, you built, you laid those bricks, so don’t be afraid to step away from it all if your parents need you the most. You can always rebuild it, but time is what you can never get back once it is gone and time works against our parents as they age and get weaker or sick.

Anything else?

Life can be tough, but God always provides a way.  I rely a lot on my faith to get me through the ups and downs of daily living.  Every day is a blessing and I want to maximize each one to its fullest.  

 

When dad saw mom!

After being without the love of his life for nearly 2 weeks, due to him dealing with his dementia, the reunion between mom & dad was very emotional ❤️

Please keep them in your prayers ??

Posted by Rick Pаrty on Sunday, January 20, 2019

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Rick Party Talks to RadioFacts Reveals Childhood Challenge that led to his Success 2

Former Hot 105 Drive Host Rick Party Talks to RF Focus about Future Plans

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Rick Party is the quintessential industry hustler. One of, if not THE, best I’ve ever known. He wears many hats, Radio DJ, voice talent with his own network site Voiceover Universe, certified exercise trainer, husband, father, grandfather and more. At one time, he even co-owned an industry conference. How in the hell does he do it? He’s smart that’s how. Party, who just turned 50, learned a long time ago not to wait on opportunities but to use your power and LEVERAGE to create them.  Several people have been asking what his next move is since announcing that he was leaving Hot 105 in Miami last week. At press time we have not gotten a response from the station’s’ PD Phil Michaels-Trueba on Rick’s departure. But we did get a chance to catch up with Rick.

RF Focus: What happened with Hot?

Rick Party: Hot 105 offered me a multi-year deal with conditions that I simply could not accept, so for my self-respect and peace of mind, I decided to reject the offer and walk out on faith.

Do you plan to do radio again?

Definitely! As a matter of fact, I am currently entertaining a nationally syndicated radio show with some star players on my team.

How important is it for black talent to create additional opportunities?

It is extremely important. In this line of business, you basically have to be multi-talented. You may find yourself wearing different hats without notice, such as producer, production director, program director, and music director. I have been blessed with a very productive voiceover career, which in itself, has created many lucrative deals on a regular basis.

What was it like to replace Michael Baisden

I am accustomed to the constant changes that occur often enough in the Radio industry. Thus, I did not look at it as replacing Michael Baisden, for me, it was more like returning to my original time slot to do radio the way it’s supposed to be done and giving it my best each & every time.

How does it feel to be in control of your destiny? That’s an experience most Radio DJs never have?

Indeed, you are absolutely right. I turned down a 3-year deal that most Radio DJs would have quickly accepted. To me, that is power. Some people may even call that a crazy move, but, that is only because they don’t see the big picture. As I see it, my future is bright, beautiful, and so damn exciting.

Tell us about your ESPN and Disney Gig.

In December, I auditioned for ESPN’s Sportscaster and a few months later, they chose me and offered me the position as a salaried employee. Every time I hear my voice on the airwaves, I say to my wife, “that kid from around the way from Chicago’s South Side is now heard around the world.

What are you going to do over the next couple of months?

Voiceover is full-time work. It was never a side hustle. It is very lucrative and very interesting. So, I will continue to do that while my team and I explore syndication opportunities that we have been presented with. More importantly, I am going to catch up on some me time.

RICK PARTY EXITS HOT 105 MIAMI

Anything else?

I’m all about mentoring and helping others, so I will be teaching voiceover as many have asked over the years. I am also going to produce my wife’s family law and life coach digital platform. I will also continue to do everything that I can to earn my rightful place in radio broadcast history. Honestly, I could not have done any of this without the support of my loving wife and family.

What’s your favorite most relevant industry trade site? (lol)

Not to sound biased, but Radio Facts (RF Focus) is the only digital magazine that I’ve truly followed since the R&R newspaper.

Sounds great to me to be aligned with one of the few industry legends. Thanks, Rick

Thanks Kevin

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Rick Party and Benji Brown back 2 to 7, Hot 105 in Miami

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What Happened to Michael Baisden?

Rick Party and Benji Brown are back on in the afternoon 2 to 7 at Hot 105 Miami, they were moved to the 10 to 3 shift a year ago when Michael Baisden came to the station. They are replacing the Michael Baisden show.

The New lineup:
6-9am – TJMS
9a – 2pm James T
2 – 7p – Rick Party in the afternoon w/Benji Brown
7p – 12mid – Quiet Storm w/Freddie Cruz

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WZAK’s Sam Sylk Using Radio Show, Leverage and Social Media as Catalyst for Brand Expansion

rfocus.orgTime waits for no one and neither does radio. The legendary Sam Sylk knows that from his experience and he is wise not to forget it. He’s originally from Chicago. Over the years, I’ve always been impressed with his ability to brand himself in a way that opens the door of opportunity. When you look at his FaceBook page, you don’t see a lot of pictures with celebrities. Let’s face it, for the most part, we all know how small yet segregated the industry is. We have to ask ourselves what’s more important? Always promoting what THEY do or finding a way to also promote what WE do. Sam promotes his show, the station, his events and now his restaurant on social media. He’s brilliant in getting the most out of the social media concept. Sam also understands leverage, use it or lose it. No doubt this helps him in many ways on and off the air. He’s building a legacy that goes beyond radio. KUDOS. His food looks great too. I encourage all industry people to order something from his restaurant (lol). I’m not sure if he ships but help this man build his business. I hear the fried salmon is the best.Sylk attended Kennedy King College & Columbia School of Broadcasting. His first radio gig was at WACR in Columbus Mississippi. After that, he did stints in Tulsa Oklahoma, West Helena Arkansas, Chicago, Philadelphia and he’s currently in Cleveland and Cincinnati. He’s also been a programmer. We wanted to catch up with him to get his perspective on a few things in and out of today’s industry.Which market have you been in the longest?Chicago & ClevelandMany people think that Radio is a dying medium what are your thoughts?Content that is relatable and interaction with the listeners is key that sets us apart from the playlist. The days of us being first playing a song is over unless an artist delivers it.rfocus.orgWhat changes do you predict will happen over the next few years in the industry?Hip Hop stations will have Syndicated afternoons. Radio DJs with a brand will be able to survive if they plan ahead e.g. cars are WIFI. If you have a platform people can listen to you as much as they do terrestrial radio. I remember when People thought satellite radio wouldn’t last well how long has that been? People thought Howard Stern was crazy for leaving terrestrial.What are some of the common mistakes that you consistently see Radio DJs making?Being comfortable and scared of change. Study your craft you should listen to other formats it will help develop you as a talent.Do you have a podcast? I have one on SoundCloud, TuneIn, iTunes and an App Sam Sylk Radio. The podcast right now is just an extension of my content from my show and celebrity interviews. Sam Sylk Radio is an internet Radio Station.What do you think of the podcasting industry?I think it’s a huge way to connect with your listeners and if done right a huge payday.

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Whoever took this picture should get an award. Chicken wings from Sylk’s restaurant.

You are a Radio DJ AND an entrepreneur tell us about thatI’ve always had a passion for the food industry and being an owner. For years I’ve endorsed many products this time it’s my turn (lol). I want to be what I talk about on and off air and that’s building our community that means creating jobs and ownership for those who want it.Do you like to cook?For sure I enjoy it I had to show the team how I wanted it done.What are some of the greatest challenges that you experience as an entrepreneur?1. Finding good help, people say they want a job but they really only want a check2. Blocking out the naysayers, you can’t expect everyone to get the vision it’s yours it belongs to you so you have to stay focus. Remember when they started selling bottled water? Someone said that was silly now we all buy bottled water.3. Time management that got me at first but now I’m way more focused.4. Getting over fear, I had to get over it now we are doing it and I praise GOD for the strengthHow do you balance a shift, the restaurant, and a personal life?It’s hard but you must make time for what’s important to you. God, Family I’m now starting to force myself to take time for me it’s a must if I want to stay sane.What are some of the things that take precedence over your career at this point? (financial planning, longevity, business ownership etc) Man, you answered the question all the above. I’m learning to be smarter with my money. It’s a must. For me all three play into each other.rfocus.orgBesides me, who are some of the other people you greatly admire in the industry and why? (Lol) You’re funny bro Lol, real talk I like how you were the first that I know to go digital with the industry trade magazine and look at you know. I’m waiting for the Radio Facts Conference. Man, this list is long and I don’t want to leave anyone out.(in all fairness All Access was first but we were the first BLACK industry trade to go digital)1. Colby Colb, There’s no doubt he’s a force to be reckoned with. I like his sense of urgency let’s get it done winning attitude. In this business, you have to continue to grow and I’ve learned a lot under his leadership.2. Rick Party, when I came back home from Tulsa he invited me to his showwe met through a mutual friend. I will never forget what Rick Party did when I had my audition for GCI. He volunteered to run my board. I’m like really dude it’s Saturday night 10 pm you are off and a full timer. In an industry where it’s so competitive, he has no problem sharing his knowledge and experience. I can call him right now3. The Late Doug Banks. When I was on college Radio WOUI I use to prank call Doug’s morning show. When I got my first Radio gig Doug invited me to the station and showed me the ropes he also gave me his famous 911 call. What Radio DJ do you know now that will offer their bit for free? No matter how many markets Doug was in he remained humble and approachable.4. Elroy Smith is a creative and marketing genius. If Elroy believes in you, he pushes the envelope, A great talent coach.5. Bill Black, Bill is not afraid of going against Urban AC Tradition what does that mean? It can’t be the same programming when I was a kid. He has the future playbook for Black AC formatQuick shouts outs to Derrick Brown, Terri Thomas, Skip Dillard (WBLS and WLIB) and Hurricane Dave these are some of the best programmers in the game. One of my favorite morning shows is Dee in The Morning she’s dope, now that’s a radio show, my friend.rfocus.orgWhat are some of the things middle aged Radio DJs can do to keep working in the industryStay relatable to their target demo be willing to change when necessary and have fun!!!What social media platform do you get the most out of and why?Facebook & IG. FB is where the majority of the world lives that’s because they keep reinventing and staying competitive.Where do you see yourself in the next 2 years?Growing my digital platform and going national also another book. As far as the restaurants I will be a major player … let’s go Global baby!!!

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WZAK's Sam Sylk Using Radio Show, Leverage and Social Media as Catalyst for Brand Expansion

rfocus.org
Time waits for no one and neither does radio. The legendary Sam Sylk knows that from his experience and he is wise not to forget it. He’s originally from Chicago. Over the years, I’ve always been impressed with his ability to brand himself in a way that opens the door of opportunity. When you look at his FaceBook page, you don’t see a lot of pictures with celebrities. Let’s face it, for the most part, we all know how small yet segregated the industry is. We have to ask ourselves what’s more important? Always promoting what THEY do or finding a way to also promote what WE do. Sam promotes his show, the station, his events and now his restaurant on social media. He’s brilliant in getting the most out of the social media concept. Sam also understands leverage, use it or lose it. No doubt this helps him in many ways on and off the air. He’s building a legacy that goes beyond radio. KUDOS. His food looks great too. I encourage all industry people to order something from his restaurant (lol). I’m not sure if he ships but help this man build his business. I hear the fried salmon is the best.
Sylk attended Kennedy King College & Columbia School of Broadcasting. His first radio gig was at WACR in Columbus Mississippi. After that, he did stints in Tulsa Oklahoma, West Helena Arkansas, Chicago, Philadelphia and he’s currently in Cleveland and Cincinnati. He’s also been a programmer. We wanted to catch up with him to get his perspective on a few things in and out of today’s industry.

Which market have you been in the longest?

Chicago & Cleveland
Many people think that Radio is a dying medium what are your thoughts?
Content that is relatable and interaction with the listeners is key that sets us apart from the playlist. The days of us being first playing a song is over unless an artist delivers it.
rfocus.orgWhat changes do you predict will happen over the next few years in the industry?
Hip Hop stations will have Syndicated afternoons. Radio DJs with a brand will be able to survive if they plan ahead e.g. cars are WIFI. If you have a platform people can listen to you as much as they do terrestrial radio. I remember when People thought satellite radio wouldn’t last well how long has that been? People thought Howard Stern was crazy for leaving terrestrial.
What are some of the common mistakes that you consistently see Radio DJs making?
Being comfortable and scared of change. Study your craft you should listen to other formats it will help develop you as a talent.
Do you have a podcast? 
I have one on SoundCloud, TuneIn, iTunes and an App Sam Sylk Radio. The podcast right now is just an extension of my content from my show and celebrity interviews. Sam Sylk Radio is an internet Radio Station.
What do you think of the podcasting industry?
I think it’s a huge way to connect with your listeners and if done right a huge payday.

rfocus.org
Whoever took this picture should get an award. Chicken wings from Sylk’s restaurant.

You are a Radio DJ AND an entrepreneur tell us about that
I’ve always had a passion for the food industry and being an owner. For years I’ve endorsed many products this time it’s my turn (lol). I want to be what I talk about on and off air and that’s building our community that means creating jobs and ownership for those who want it.
Do you like to cook?
For sure I enjoy it I had to show the team how I wanted it done.
What are some of the greatest challenges that you experience as an entrepreneur?
1. Finding good help, people say they want a job but they really only want a check
2. Blocking out the naysayers, you can’t expect everyone to get the vision it’s yours it belongs to you so you have to stay focus. Remember when they started selling bottled water? Someone said that was silly now we all buy bottled water.
3. Time management that got me at first but now I’m way more focused.
4. Getting over fear, I had to get over it now we are doing it and I praise GOD for the strength
How do you balance a shift, the restaurant, and a personal life?
It’s hard but you must make time for what’s important to you. God, Family I’m now starting to force myself to take time for me it’s a must if I want to stay sane.
What are some of the things that take precedence over your career at this point? (financial planning, longevity, business ownership etc)
Man, you answered the question all the above. I’m learning to be smarter with my money. It’s a must. For me all three play into each other.
rfocus.org
Besides me, who are some of the other people you greatly admire in the industry and why? (Lol)
You’re funny bro Lol, real talk I like how you were the first that I know to go digital with the industry trade magazine and look at you know. I’m waiting for the Radio Facts Conference. Man, this list is long and I don’t want to leave anyone out.
(in all fairness All Access was first but we were the first BLACK industry trade to go digital)
1. Colby Colb, There’s no doubt he’s a force to be reckoned with. I like his sense of urgency let’s get it done winning attitude. In this business, you have to continue to grow and I’ve learned a lot under his leadership.
2. Rick Party, when I came back home from Tulsa he invited me to his show
we met through a mutual friend. I will never forget what Rick Party did when I had my audition for GCI. He volunteered to run my board. I’m like really dude it’s Saturday night 10 pm you are off and a full timer. In an industry where it’s so competitive, he has no problem sharing his knowledge and experience. I can call him right now
3. The Late Doug Banks. When I was on college Radio WOUI I use to prank call Doug’s morning show. When I got my first Radio gig Doug invited me to the station and showed me the ropes he also gave me his famous 911 call. What Radio DJ do you know now that will offer their bit for free? No matter how many markets Doug was in he remained humble and approachable.
4. Elroy Smith is a creative and marketing genius. If Elroy believes in you, he pushes the envelope, A great talent coach.
5. Bill Black, Bill is not afraid of going against Urban AC Tradition what does that mean? It can’t be the same programming when I was a kid. He has the future playbook for Black AC format
Quick shouts outs to Derrick Brown, Terri Thomas, Skip Dillard (WBLS and WLIB) and Hurricane Dave these are some of the best programmers in the game. One of my favorite morning shows is Dee in The Morning she’s dope, now that’s a radio show, my friend.
rfocus.orgWhat are some of the things middle aged Radio DJs can do to keep working in the industry
Stay relatable to their target demo be willing to change when necessary and have fun!!!
What social media platform do you get the most out of and why?
Facebook & IG. FB is where the majority of the world lives that’s because they keep reinventing and staying competitive.
Where do you see yourself in the next 2 years?
Growing my digital platform and going national also another book. As far as the restaurants I will be a major player … let’s go Global baby!!!

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WZAK's Sam Sylk Using Radio Show, Leverage and Social Media as Catalyst for Brand Expansion

rfocus.org
Time waits for no one and neither does radio. The legendary Sam Sylk knows that from his experience and he is wise not to forget it. He’s originally from Chicago. Over the years, I’ve always been impressed with his ability to brand himself in a way that opens the door of opportunity. When you look at his FaceBook page, you don’t see a lot of pictures with celebrities. Let’s face it, for the most part, we all know how small yet segregated the industry is. We have to ask ourselves what’s more important? Always promoting what THEY do or finding a way to also promote what WE do. Sam promotes his show, the station, his events and now his restaurant on social media. He’s brilliant in getting the most out of the social media concept. Sam also understands leverage, use it or lose it. No doubt this helps him in many ways on and off the air. He’s building a legacy that goes beyond radio. KUDOS. His food looks great too. I encourage all industry people to order something from his restaurant (lol). I’m not sure if he ships but help this man build his business. I hear the fried salmon is the best.
Sylk attended Kennedy King College & Columbia School of Broadcasting. His first radio gig was at WACR in Columbus Mississippi. After that, he did stints in Tulsa Oklahoma, West Helena Arkansas, Chicago, Philadelphia and he’s currently in Cleveland and Cincinnati. He’s also been a programmer. We wanted to catch up with him to get his perspective on a few things in and out of today’s industry.

Which market have you been in the longest?

Chicago & Cleveland
Many people think that Radio is a dying medium what are your thoughts?
Content that is relatable and interaction with the listeners is key that sets us apart from the playlist. The days of us being first playing a song is over unless an artist delivers it.
rfocus.orgWhat changes do you predict will happen over the next few years in the industry?
Hip Hop stations will have Syndicated afternoons. Radio DJs with a brand will be able to survive if they plan ahead e.g. cars are WIFI. If you have a platform people can listen to you as much as they do terrestrial radio. I remember when People thought satellite radio wouldn’t last well how long has that been? People thought Howard Stern was crazy for leaving terrestrial.
What are some of the common mistakes that you consistently see Radio DJs making?
Being comfortable and scared of change. Study your craft you should listen to other formats it will help develop you as a talent.
Do you have a podcast? 
I have one on SoundCloud, TuneIn, iTunes and an App Sam Sylk Radio. The podcast right now is just an extension of my content from my show and celebrity interviews. Sam Sylk Radio is an internet Radio Station.
What do you think of the podcasting industry?
I think it’s a huge way to connect with your listeners and if done right a huge payday.

rfocus.org
Whoever took this picture should get an award. Chicken wings from Sylk’s restaurant.

You are a Radio DJ AND an entrepreneur tell us about that
I’ve always had a passion for the food industry and being an owner. For years I’ve endorsed many products this time it’s my turn (lol). I want to be what I talk about on and off air and that’s building our community that means creating jobs and ownership for those who want it.
Do you like to cook?
For sure I enjoy it I had to show the team how I wanted it done.
What are some of the greatest challenges that you experience as an entrepreneur?
1. Finding good help, people say they want a job but they really only want a check
2. Blocking out the naysayers, you can’t expect everyone to get the vision it’s yours it belongs to you so you have to stay focus. Remember when they started selling bottled water? Someone said that was silly now we all buy bottled water.
3. Time management that got me at first but now I’m way more focused.
4. Getting over fear, I had to get over it now we are doing it and I praise GOD for the strength
How do you balance a shift, the restaurant, and a personal life?
It’s hard but you must make time for what’s important to you. God, Family I’m now starting to force myself to take time for me it’s a must if I want to stay sane.
What are some of the things that take precedence over your career at this point? (financial planning, longevity, business ownership etc)
Man, you answered the question all the above. I’m learning to be smarter with my money. It’s a must. For me all three play into each other.
rfocus.org
Besides me, who are some of the other people you greatly admire in the industry and why? (Lol)
You’re funny bro Lol, real talk I like how you were the first that I know to go digital with the industry trade magazine and look at you know. I’m waiting for the Radio Facts Conference. Man, this list is long and I don’t want to leave anyone out.
(in all fairness All Access was first but we were the first BLACK industry trade to go digital)
1. Colby Colb, There’s no doubt he’s a force to be reckoned with. I like his sense of urgency let’s get it done winning attitude. In this business, you have to continue to grow and I’ve learned a lot under his leadership.
2. Rick Party, when I came back home from Tulsa he invited me to his show
we met through a mutual friend. I will never forget what Rick Party did when I had my audition for GCI. He volunteered to run my board. I’m like really dude it’s Saturday night 10 pm you are off and a full timer. In an industry where it’s so competitive, he has no problem sharing his knowledge and experience. I can call him right now
3. The Late Doug Banks. When I was on college Radio WOUI I use to prank call Doug’s morning show. When I got my first Radio gig Doug invited me to the station and showed me the ropes he also gave me his famous 911 call. What Radio DJ do you know now that will offer their bit for free? No matter how many markets Doug was in he remained humble and approachable.
4. Elroy Smith is a creative and marketing genius. If Elroy believes in you, he pushes the envelope, A great talent coach.
5. Bill Black, Bill is not afraid of going against Urban AC Tradition what does that mean? It can’t be the same programming when I was a kid. He has the future playbook for Black AC format
Quick shouts outs to Derrick Brown, Terri Thomas, Skip Dillard (WBLS and WLIB) and Hurricane Dave these are some of the best programmers in the game. One of my favorite morning shows is Dee in The Morning she’s dope, now that’s a radio show, my friend.
rfocus.orgWhat are some of the things middle aged Radio DJs can do to keep working in the industry
Stay relatable to their target demo be willing to change when necessary and have fun!!!
What social media platform do you get the most out of and why?
Facebook & IG. FB is where the majority of the world lives that’s because they keep reinventing and staying competitive.
Where do you see yourself in the next 2 years?
Growing my digital platform and going national also another book. As far as the restaurants I will be a major player … let’s go Global baby!!!

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WHQT Looking for PT Producer for Afternoon Drive Show

rick-party-in-studioCox Media Group has an opening for a P/T producer for our afternoon show on WHQT (Hot 105). (here)Consider applying if you:-Are organized, detailed, and focused on execution of formatics and logistics of a high profile afternoon show.-Have outstanding written and verbal communication skills-Consider yourself a social media guru with deep knowledge and engagement in all social media platforms-Thrive in a team environment and consistently bring new ideas for continuous improvement-Are a self-starter who consistently looks for opportunities to improve your performance-Love to collaborate and brainstorm-Set a high standard for performance every day

-Love to create video content

-Are looking to be a part of a hyper-focused local, fun, energetic, and Urban lifestyle entertainment programSchedule: This part-time producer position has a weekday schedule of 2:00pm to 7:00pm.

 
Responsibilities:
 
  • Work closely with our Director of Branding and Programming on the execution of the show formatics
  • Manage the in-studio operation, execution, and logistics of our afternoon show
  • Direct in-studio show performance and logistics
  • Organize content, manage show preparation and guests
  • Manage promotional activity
  • Assist the hosts with show prep, including format related content, Urban adult lifestyle-culture content and local content; writing and posting web and social media content.
  • Expand the show’s market profile by generating publicity and support the show on/off the air
  • This position would also have an active role in expanding the show’s social media presence on multiple platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Hot105fm.com etc.) and creating daily video content to promote the show
Qualifications

 Education: High School or equivalent is required 

Experience: 
  • At least one year of radio experience or multi-media experience preferred.
  • Basic understanding of format clocks
  • Basic understanding of Harris audio board.
  • Experience with audio software editing products (Adobe Audition, Vox Pro, etc.)
  • Basic understanding of the Promosuite platform
  • Computer skills for audio delivery and automation systems (Wide Orbit), word processing, audio editing, and web/social media.
  • Social media savvy.

Physical Requirements:   Working on an audio board, using a computer for writing and editing sound, using the phone to set up “guest” appearances, using a video camera to create video content.Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps. Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, and Savings.com, a leading online source for savings.

Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps. Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, and Savings.com, a leading online source for savings.The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 57 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services.CMG currently operates in more than 30 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 32 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 14 million radio listeners.Cox Media Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer; Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at https://www.coxmediagroup.com
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Hot 105 Announces Rick Party for Afternoon Drive 3-7p Replacing Michael Baisden 1

Hot 105 Announces Rick Party for Afternoon Drive 3-7p Replacing Michael Baisden

attachment-2HOT 105 FM ANNOUNCES RICK PARTY AS NEW HOST OF AFTERNOON’SFROM 3P-7P REPLACING THE MICHAEL BAISDEN SHOWHollywood, Florida ““ WHQT HOT 105 has named Rick Party as its NEW Afternoon Drive Host. The Rick Party Show will debut on 105.1 FM on Monday, April 29, 2013. Party replaces hosts Michael Baisden and George Wilborn of the Michael Baisden Show.Party is no stranger to HOT 105 or Miami. “Twenty-two years ago, I came to HOT 105 just a kid with dreams of just having a Party on the radio”, said Party. “Fast forward 2013. This time around, I intend on making my impression felt as an inspiration in the lives of others, and of course a “Party” in the afternoon for many years to come”.Party has built a devoted audience of fans throughout an enormously successful 26-year radio career. The Rick Party Show is his top-rated daily radio show that has gained respect from fellow industry professionals and has been recognized by various industry leaders and organizations.Party entered the radio industry at the age of 15 years old with his first gig at Chicago Youth Center’s radio station, WCYC. With a drive to develop his talent and learn more about the technical side of radio, Party enrolled in the Columbia School of Broadcasting. With mounting on-air success and the tools learned in his studies at Columbia, it was apparent that Rick Party was destined to be in radio. WCYC appointed him station manager. From WCYC, Party’s first big break came with a position in Wilmington, NC at WBMS. From there he did stints New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Norfolk and Miami.Page 2 ““ Rick Party on HOT 105 FMParty has distinguished himself as one of the most innovative, visionary and dynamic media personalities across the country today. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he is so much more than a radio personality: He’s an entertainer, entrepreneur and teacher.attachmentDan Kearney, Vice President & Market Manager said, I’m very excited that we have added Rick Party to our line-up of Superstars that include Tom Joyner , James T and Freddie Cruz. Having Rick on live, doing a local show, is exactly what we need to keep HOT 105 as one of the top rated Urban stations in the country.”I’ve known Rick since I was 19 years old,” said Phil Michaels-Trueba, Program Director. “I’ve followed his career path and watched him become a one of the best on the radio as an entertainer, innovator, motivator, and mentor to the up and comers in our industry. I’m so excited for the opportunity to be able to work with him again and even more geeked that he’s joining our team of the best in Urban radio at HOT 105 and Cox Media Group. He’s worked at WHQT in the 90’s and at WEDR in the 2000’s. He’s one of us. He knows South Florida and what’s expected from our team. It’s a special station in a special city with special people. Looking forward to making something special happen!”Steve Smith, Vice President of programming for Cox added, ” I’ve listened to Rick through the years and he’s gonna make HOT 105 “˜Party’ all afternoon long! It’s an honor to have him on the all-star hot lineup!””It’s truly exciting to add a talent like Rick Party to the HOT 105 team,” said Tony Kidd, Vice President of Programming. “Having Rick as part of the local team adds another level of depth and entertainment to an already powerful radio station.”About WHQT HOT 105- WHQT HOT 105 is a COX Media Group station. It is located at 105.1 on your FM dial. The station has consistently been ranked # 1 and is also the home for the Tom Joyner Morning show. HOT 105 is Today’s R&B Hits & Oldies.

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