Rich has recorded two narrative record projects - a narrative album in Nashville, Tennessee and a single release of "Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus", backed with "The Night Before Christmas". All proceeds from the latter are donated to various charitable organizations every year.
Rich is also a published author. In 2004, Rich wrote a leadership book, entitled, "Engaging Employees in the Business of Success" which serves as the foundation for his personal corporate leadership seminars. He also teamed up with nationally know humorist and banquet speaker, Ron Dentinger, to write a book that looks at the humorous side of marriage, "How To Argue With Your Spouse".
Rich can also be heard as the voice on the Illinois Department of Transportation Traffic Information radio system and Pro-Football Weekly with Dan Hampton. Rich also serves as the Emcee for the annual Chicago Christmas Tree Ship re-enactment at Navy Pier as well as the Dodgeville Wisconsin Blues Fest.
But Wait! There's More! His You Tube music video, "Bingo Tonite" is gaining some attention! And, as a songwriter, producer and arranger, his "Cheese Puffs and Whiskey" is all set to gain airplay by a bold radio station!
Among these accomplished, Rich is most proud of being the co-founder of The American Society of Crotchety Old Men (ASCOM) and even gave PA announcing for the Chicago Cubs a shot.
With the goal of sharing his extensive experience, Rich is an instructor at the Illinois Media School (formerly Illinois Center for Broadcasting) and helps future broadcasters learn the skills required for a successful career in radio and TV.
Rich is married to Barbara and lives in Orland Park, Illinois. They are the proud Grandparents to thirteen children - (plus .... caretakers of four bunnies - Bitsy, Basia, Binx, and Blanca)!
Rich rides a motorcycle, enjoys SCUBA diving , Sky diving, Cooking, and as a musician, Rich plays keyboards, accordion and the melodica.
Welcome to my online portfolio. Whether your venture calls for voice-over work, on-camera representation, acting, Master of Ceremonies, or delivering your message in a mature and believable manner, I think you'll find what you're looking for.
I've had the privilege of being a professional broadcaster since 1968, and have been a steady fixture in Chicago on such legendary radio stations as WMAQ-AM, WUSN-FM (US99), and now, Your Hometown Country Station - WCCQ.
Plus, I've also launched "Now and Then Talk Radio" with my partner, Denny Farrell on WJOL.
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Rich Renik, a native Chicagoan, has been involved with music since six years of age when he began accordion lessons. That love of music culminated when he landed his first radio job in Fairbanks, Alaska while serving in the U.S. Army in 1968.
Since his honorable discharge from the service in 1970, Rich has been a steady fixture in Chicago radio with shows airing on such stations such as WMAQ-AM (NBC), where he performed for thirteen years.
Additional on-air stints included the Satellite Music Network, Interstate Radio Network and participation in numerous television fund raising activities for Public Television, Muscular Dystrophy and the Easter Seals Foundation. For twelve years, Rich was heard on Chicago's - WUSN 99.5 FM (US99), and now is proud to be on Your Hometown Country Station – WCCQ - playing all of the music you know and love! In addition to being a member of the WHDT World News team as "Washington Watchdog", Co-Anchor, Special Features Host, Rich has launched an innovative show, "Now and then Talk Radio" on Alpha Media USA's WJOL.
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