September 29, 1963
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Occupation||Radio commentator, author/writer, outdoor guide, and contractor|
|Children||Holly, Bobby, Jake, Shayne, Cale|
Rick Rydell (born Richard Green, September 29, 1963) is an American talk radio host, outdoorsman, writer and author. Rydell has enjoyed a long career in radio, most prominently with various stations in the Northwest He is currently the morning drive-time host on Anchorage station 650 KENI and late mornings in Spokane, Washington, on KXLY 920 broadcasting via ISDN line from either Anchorage, Alaska or Eastern Washington depending on the time of year.
Richard Green was born on September 29, 1963 in Seattle, Washington, growing up in a working-class family. His mother worked for Boeing as a general laborer, while his father worked as a tool maker for Heath Tecna, a supplier to Boeing. Rydell had three older sisters, one of whom had Down Syndrome and died at age 3. He spent his second birthday in a hospital with his father, who was recovering from cancer-induced amputation of one of his legs.
At the beginning of second grade the family moved to Payette, Idaho for a new job. It lasted only eight months. The family then moved to Billings, Montana where his father began a new career in radio.
When Rydell was 16, his parents told him to find a job or move out. In response, he did both. His baseball coach was the program director at KGHL, and offered him a job, with one condition: changing his last name to avoid confusion with his father's radio program. Rick Rydell was born.
Rydell first gained notoriety in radio in Spokane, Washington with following gigs in KXYQ and KMJK in Portland, Oregon, then a two-year stint in Cleveland at WNCX. Rydell was the anchor on morning show that launched Mike Trivisonno and Todd Brandt into radio fame.
He was fired in 1990 and moved to Anchorage, Alaska. There, he was hired at a relatively new station, KBFX. Various stations had floundered at the 100.5 frequency in Anchorage for over a decade before it was relaunched as KBFX, playing a classic rock format. Rydell spent a number of years during the early and mid-1990s as KBFX's morning show host, the last several years with co-host Jackie Purcell, the weather director for Anchorage television station KTUU. Being fired in 1996, Rydell suddenly found himself out of work. He spent several years away from Anchorage and away from radio, mostly working in construction. He returned to Anchorage and made the transition to talk radio in 2001, following the retirement of KENI's longtime morning host Dick Lobdell.
Rydell's program focused on local and state politics and current events. It shot up from 17th to #1 in six months where it has stayed at, or near the top ever since. Rydell now broadcasts weekday mornings on 650 KENI  and in Spokane, Washington on KXLY 920. Rydell previously simulcast his show to Fairbanks station KFBX, as well as contributed commentaries to the station's newscasts.
Amongst Rydell's awards for his various radio programs, he was named "Best Morning Show" by The Oregonian in 1988, "Best Comedy Series" in 1994, "Best Radio Show" in 2005, and "Most Uniquely Alaskan Radio Show" in 2006 by the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Rydell himself was named Alaska Republican Man of the Year for 2004 by the Republican Party of Alaska. In 2012 Rydell was referred to as an "All-Time Great Local Host" during the Conclave Learning Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- In September 2007, his first book, Alaska Happens, was published. A book of short stories about hunting and fishing in Alaska.Alaska Happens became one of the best selling Alaska books at local book stores.
- September 2008, Blood on the Tundra. More Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife in Alaska, was published and released. A follow up to "Alaska Happens" and reported to have "a nostalgic tone to some of the stories" and "a sad farewell to the waning "golden age" of hunting in Alaska during the last half of the 20th century.
- May 2009, began as a regular article contributor for Fish Alaska and Hunt Alaska magazines.
Rydell and his wife Susan split time between South Anchorage, and on their ranch in Eastern Washington. He has frequently mentioned on the air over the years that he is a booster of the programs of South Anchorage High School.
He has also worked as a mechanic, lead singer of multiple rock bands, a hunting and fishing guide, and as a contractor.
Chronological list of radio stations worked
- KGHL - Billings, Montana
- KXLO/KLCM - Lewistown, Montana
- KREM (FM) - Spokane, Washington
- KOJM/KPQX - Havre, Montana
- KZLS - Billings
- KZBQ - Pocatello, Idaho
- KWLS (now KMMM) - Pratt, Kansas
- KBLI - Blackfoot, Idaho
- KTKU - Juneau, Alaska
- KZZU - Spokane
- KJRB/KEZE - Spokane
- KKZX - Spokane
- KMJK - Portland, Oregon
- WNCX - Cleveland, Ohio
- KBFX - Anchorage, Alaska
- KNIK - Anchorage
- KENI - Anchorage
- Henckel, Mark (December 20, 2008). "Montana Outdoors: Rydell Carves Out an Ooutdoor Life in Alaska". Billings Gazette. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
- Christiansen, Scott (October 14, 2009). "Never Mind the Moose-napping – Alaska Declines to Prosecute a High Profile Moose-napper". Anchorage Press. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
- adn.com | Alaska Ear : Alaska Ear
- adn.com | Alaska Ear : Alaska Ear
- Home page at KENI
- http://2005.am970.com/pages/programs.html[dead link]
- Directory listing at 440.com
- http://www.anchoragepress.com/archives-2005/coverstoryvol14ed14.shtml[dead link]