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 be heard as the voice on the Illinois Department of Transportation Traffic Information radio system as well as the voice of 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 Bluesfest. Plus, his You Tube music video, "Bingo Tonite" is gaining some attention!
Among these accomplished, Rich is most proud of being the co-founder of The American Society of Crotchety Old Men (ASCOM).
With the goal of sharing his extensive experience, Rich is an instructor at the Illinois Media Center (formerly Illinois Center for Broadcasting) and helps future broadcasters learn the skills required for a successful career in radio.
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)!
While his principle hobbies are SCUBA diving , Sky diving and Cooking, his passion remains music.
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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 and WUSN-FM (US99).
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
On-Air / On-Camera / Voice-Over Talent
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 fifteen 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, Rich has just signed on as the newest member of the WHDT World News team as "Washington Watchdog", as well as local correspondent and Special Features Host.
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