Rick Myers always dreamed of getting into radio, and it became a dream come true. He started early. He went to radio school while still in high school, and two days after graduation, was hired by KSRT-Tracy. He was seventeen, on his way to a 47-year career.
At KSRT, he learned a lot, and saved a little money. In June, 1968, he, John Chappell, and Wes Page went to Ogden’s Radio Operational Engineering School and got their FCC First Class Licenses. That was a big step; that license allowed announcers to work at any radio station in America. It was at Ogden’s that fellow student, Shotgun Tom Kelly, gave him the nickname “Radio Rick.”
Rick went right to work at KFIV-AM, Modesto, hired by Tim St. Martin. After serving in the Air Force, Rick came back to KFIV. He liked working with the public, and MC’d dozens of Miss Modesto and Miss Stanislaus County pageants, along with telethons and fundraisers.
Rick joined the Modesto Radio Museum Foundation in 2019, and is currently serving as President.
Here are some samples of Radio Rick’s work. We hope you enjoy them as much as he enjoyed creating them.
KFIV – Radio Rick blasting the air waves in 1974
KFIV – Radio Rick, Rockin’ the 136 in 1976
Aside from on the air duties disc jockeys were called upon to produce commercials for local businesses. Many times they would write and record the commercial. Here are some examples of Rick’s talents.
K5 Cash Cruiser. Rick says this contest went well until people started taking too many chances to win the loot. K5 either had to discontinue it or change the name to K5 Crash Cruiser
Mountain Air Concert
Sierra Seasons with the voice of Virginia Lundquist as Klondike Katie. Virginia was Assistant Production Director at KFIV
The Hamburger Caper with the voice of Dave Nelson
Magnins in McHenry Village Radio Rick and Radio Maggie
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