Rick Campanelli

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Rick Campanelli
Rick Campanelli at TIFF 2011.jpg
Richard Adam Matthew Campanelli

(1970-01-05) January 5, 1970 (age 50)
Spouse(s)Angie Campanelli

Rick Campanelli (born January 5, 1970) is a Canadian television and radio personality known for his work as a VJ and host for MuchMusic and for co-hosting ET Canada.

Life and career[edit]

Campanelli is a native of Hamilton, Ontario and grew up in a working class Italian-Canadian family; he is the youngest of four siblings.[2][3] Campanelli and his family are Roman Catholic.[2][4] Campanelli attended school in St. Catharines. He attended Brock University, earning a degree in physical education.[5]

Campanelli was first introduced to the MuchMusic viewers as the winner of MuchMusic's 1994 MuchTemp contest.[6] Originally he was nicknamed "The Temp" (or, famously, "Rick the Temp").[1] Campanelli has since been labeled "The Franchise" for his long tenure and high popularity while on MuchMusic. In addition to being a video jockey, he also co-hosted Much on Demand,[7] The MuchMusic Countdown[8] and The MuchMusic Radio Countdown.[9]

Campanelli's final appearance on MuchMusic was August 26, 2005, on MuchOnDemand. He was subsequently announced as one of the reporters for ET Canada, a new Canadian licensee of Entertainment Tonight, which was launched on September 12, 2005.[10]

In early 2007, Campanelli hosted the Canada's Case Game segments on Global's Deal or No Deal Canada, during that series' first limited run.

Campanelli is involved with several charitable organizations including World Vision Canada,[11] Tuberous Sclerosis, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, McMaster Children's Hospital, and Kids Help Phone.[12] On May 27, 2009, he hosted the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative in Toronto.

In February 2016, Toronto radio station CFNY-FM announced that Campanelli will join the station as co-host with Fred Kennedy and Melanie Mariani of the station's morning show, beginning June 27.[13]

In July 2017, it was announced that Campanelli would depart as co-host of ET Canada after 12 years when his contract ended in summer 2017.[14] He appeared on ET Canada through August 2017.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Rick Campanelli's "adventurous" family: Star Parents". Toronto Star. 23 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Rick Campanelli Good Works". Panoram Italia Magazine. 2012-12-04. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016.
  3. ^ Yakobi, Hannah. "Everybody loves Rick". FAJO. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Dealing with grief at Christmas". The Catholic Register. 2015-12-22.
  5. ^ "Rick Campanelli - Inspire North". Inspire North.
  6. ^ Lad, Mackenzie (3 August 2017). "MuchMusic VJs: Where are they now?". Indie88. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  7. ^ Moran, Paul (11 April 2017). "The 10 Best MuchMusic Video Shows of All Time". Indie88. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Vaughan's Premier Fundraising Event, the Mayor's Gala, Kicks Off The 2013 Gala Season". City of Vaughan. 28 November 2012.
  9. ^ Jancelewicz, Chris (25 June 2016). "Rick Campanelli 'coming back home' to music on 102.1 The Edge". Global News. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  10. ^ Weber, Terry (30 August 2005). "ET heads north". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Rick Campanelli: Inside his life-changing trip to Cambodia". Hello Magazine. April 25, 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Rick Campanelli | Keynote Speakers Canada". Keynote Speakers Canada. Keynote Speakers Canada. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  13. ^ "102.1 the Edge, Toronto, Announces Rick Campanelli as Morning Show Co-Host". Broadcaster, February 25, 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Rick Campinelli Departs ET Canada after 12 Years". CBC. CBC/Radio-Canada. Retrieved 11 September 2017.

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