Rick Myers – Aircheck

Rick at seventeen. KSRT-FM, Tracy. Photo courtesy Wes Page.

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.

Interviewing State Senator Ken Maddy at the Star Trek world premier.

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.”

1984 United Cerebral Palsy Telethon–Courtesy KOVR TV
The Christmas Can Tree Fundraisers, a major annual food drive.

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.

Sixteen years in the K-5 “On-Air Chair.”
At the MAMA Awards, 2019, receiving a K-5 Lifetime Achievement Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

KFIV – Rick Myers audition tape from 1977

According to Radio Rick he sent friend Terry Nelson who was then working in New York a number of airchecks for him to critique back in the mid/late ’70s.  This one was actually an audition tape for Radio  99-X; they were looking for a swingman, a part timer to work weekends and fill in. As was the case in radio many times, Rick never heard from them again.  He states, “That’s showbiz” but occasionally  wonders to himself what that fork in the road would have led to.

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

Read more about Rick Myers here at the Modesto Radio Museum:

The Radio of My Youth–KYA 

Be Careful Out There

Letters, We Get Letters

Jocks Who Box

I Honestly Love You

Merrily We Rolls Along

Wonder Woman’s First Boyfriend

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3 thoughts on “Rick Myers – Aircheck”

    1. Travis,Thanks for reaching out via the Modesto Radio Museum.  Thanks, too, for remembering The Great K-5 Jello Jump.  Our salesman, Mike Hamiel, sold the client on the idea, but how do you chill that much Jello?  Could you chill that much Jello?  We got one gigantic tub, and a few hundred boxes of Jello, and L&M Distributing, distributors of Coors Beer, was kind enough to allow us to use their drive-in refrigeration warehouse. Yes, we had a swimming pool of Jello, hauled in on a truck.  We monitored that tub all night; the jello had to congeal, it had to wiggle, and not be soupy.  It also couldn’t freeze; a frozen lake of Jello is also a bad idea. Thanks to Coors again, this time for supplying us with several dozen Coors Golf Balls (beer and jello? Sounds good to me). We didn’t even know for certain the golf balls would sink. If the golf balls floated along the top the whole promotion would be ruined. The contest was a fun idea, but we hadn’t thought through all the details.   Luckily, the golf balls sunk to the bottom. On the day of the event, we thought contestants would wade through the Jello, bend down and pick up their golf balls, to earn their  prizes. It was also a cold day; we thought contestants would stick in a toe and check the temperature. But right away, folks were DIVING IN!!!   This was fun to watch, but dangerous to the point of stupid.   We never thought anyone would dive into a pool three-feet deep! Jump in sure, but not dive head first.  This stunt could have ranked right up there with dropping live turkeys from a helicopter.  “K-5 Kills Contestants” is a horrible headline.  WE GOT LUCKY!
      The crowd loved it. Hotsy of the Pacific was on hand to “hot wash” all our sticky contestants. Everyone had a good time.
      Then it was time to dispose of the Jello, time for one more decision. We hauled the tub to the back of  Century Center and poured the Jello down a sewer drain.  This stuff floats away, doesn’t it?   Well, no. It froze that night, and the City of Modesto was called out to unplug the storm sewer. They had to drain our swamp! It was a lot of work and a lot of overtime, and the station got the bill. While pouring the Jello down the drain, quite a bit got spilled out onto the asphalt. Don’t forget the storm sewer backed up. “Lake Jello” congealed and shrunk as it hardened, ripping up the parking lot’s asphalt with it.  The asphalt company got called out to repair the crater, yes  K-5  created a crater! It was a Red Crater! The station got another bill. This is why radio stations have insurance.
      And, Travis, those are my recollections, and why the K-5 Jello Jump never jumped agin—Radio Rick.
      (Special thanks to Ron Posey whose memory is razor sharp for helping with these details. Those were the days.)

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