Rick Brady Biography
WNDB-AM WWLV WDAT WGGG WZIP WPUL WSBB WELE-AM
After spending many years listening to some of the greats of Chicago radio (Larry Lujack, John “Records” Landecker, Jim “Captain Whammo” Channell, Dick Biondi, etc.), I decided I wanted my crack at the radio business. I went to Midwestern Broadcasting School in Chicago in January, 1977. My first real gig was in April of 1977 at WJPF-AM, Herrin, Illinois. From there I went to WAUR-FM/WMRO-AM, Aurora, IL where I met my soon to be first wife and fellow radio personality, Phyllis Hartmann. After Phyllis and I married in December, 1977, we moved to Daytona Beach, FL where her parents had retired. Phyllis was supposed to have a job at WROD-AM 1340, but PD Doug Montgomery didn’t remember offering her a position. I tried getting into radio in Daytona Beach, and in May of 1978, I got my first gig. I did overnights at WNDB-AM 1150 as Jason Scott (before the days of Larry King). I also did weather and kept an eye on WWLV-FM 94.5, "Love 95". From there I went to WDAT-AM 1380 in Ormond Beach, where Phyllis was already on staff. I did music shifts, swap shops, play-by-play and worked with great folks like “Barefoot” Rick Glasby and Bill Wise. I was also going to school at Daytona Beach Community College. When I was accepted at the University of Florida, Phyllis and I both went to work at WGGG-AM 1230. I served as Assistant Program Director and did a lot of fill in and weekend shifts. I left Florida and moved to Alaska in 1984. During my stay in the 49th state I worked for KIFW-AM, Sitka as the 7-12 mid rock jock, and KCSY-AM, Soldotna as program director and did both AM and PM drives (at different times, of course!). We moved back to Florida in 1986 where Phyllis and I both worked for Howard Griboff at WZIP-AM 1590 in South Daytona. When the station changed hands to Charles Cherry (WPUL-AM 1590) in 1988, I stayed on until I completed the DBCC Basketball season as Sports Director. From there it was Program Director at WSBB-AM 1230, New Smyrna Beach under the late George Mizelle and in 1992 I became Operations Manager for WELE-AM 1380 under Doug Wilhite. After some negative financial problems with the station, I left and vowed not to return to radio. That vow kept for quite some time. I moved to Nashville in 1996, Phyllis and I split up, and I moved to Richmond, VA in 2001 with my then new fiancée. I made the fateful decision to return to broadcasting in 2002 and became Music/Traffic Director and did an early morning air shift. In 2003 I became the main fill in for the traffic and news anchors at Metro Networks in Richmond and worked part time at Cox Radio WKHK-FM (K95) as a weekend jock and fill in news/traffic anchor. In April 2005 I accepted the night shift at WFLS-FM 93.3 in Fredericksburg, VA, where I took over a #3 shift and brought it back to it’s deserved #1 status. In 2006, my wife Rachael and I decided to take the plunge into ownership. We entered into an agreement to purchase WHAP-AM 1340, Hopewell, VA and put the dark station back on the air under an LMA. When we hit a major financial roadblock, we were unable to finish the sale. My days in active radio were done. After the shutdown of WHAP, I started working with the Radio Forecast Network, doing forecasts for stations across the country from the comfort of my home studio. After an attempt at crossing over into the dark side (Television), I’m now looking at a new challenge: running the Richmond, VA operation of Traffic.com, prepping traffic reports for a 3 station cluster and the local NBC TV affiliate.
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