How did a college basketball hopeful who could draw become a broadcaster instead? Thanks to my lively middle school drama teacher and some great campus marketing at Auburn's WEGL-FM...that's how!
Nine cities and over 25 stations later, the joy of my job is still being apart of and serving my community. From country radio afternoons in Chicago and Milwaukee to road traffic reporting in Las Vegas and Seattle, I strive to be an entertainer and problem solver- while relatable on-air, on-line, and in-person around town.
During COVID, I rebooted a weekly new music show for stations and streams. New Music...NOW! plays the hottest country & your favorite artists being added to stations and streams across the globe. Catch the show on-demand through Anchor + Spotify!
I found my love of broadcasting in college, but fell harder for live events when I was a Las Vegas local. For me, nothing beats being in public to connect with the community through fun, organized events! Pre-pandemic, I helped host the WHL Challenge Cup and the Great Puckaroo Roundup hockey tournaments. And this year I presented the Inaugural PNW Draft in April 2021, and just finished up the first Seattle Draft adult hockey weekend in October!
I grew up ice skating in Northern California, but my mom's hope was to raise a figure skater! Later living in the Dirty South with little ice available, I saw Felix Potvin's flashy glove saves on ESPN National Hockey Night. In high school I just knew I was going to play hockey someday. And I did for the first time in the Winter of 2000 with some used Garth Snow leg pads.
Very soon, I played in my first tournament on my first ever trip to Vegas! (having to find extra players for my team at a local practice) And shortly after becoming the adult league assistant for my rink in Denver, I started announcing for Colorado State Club Hockey and coaching goalies. After announcing for the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers, I game hosted for the WHL's Silvertips & Thunderbirds as well as the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals.
Recently I've been the game operations manager for the Seattle Totems Hockey Club, volunteer admin for the Seattle Kraken Fan Page on Facebook, pro hockey writer for Pacific Northwest Sports, and host for the Inaugural PNW Draft in April 2021. I ❤️ this game.
As a little boy, my Grandpa Ritter taught me to love the game of golf...even if I was forced to watch it on television EVERY Sunday! From those early days in the Bay Area...to every corner of the country...and now back in the Pacific Northwest, I've played over 160 courses in 17 states and provinces across North America and Hawaii. I'm not a PGA-Certified instructor, but have given golf lessons for the past 15 years to beginners and intermediate players of all ages. Let's go play!
When I was little, I used to read every highway sign on long road trips. After my older brother introduced me to a map book, the car was much quieter and my love of travel grew!
I've been to every US state besides Alaska, with overseas trips to China & Japan so far. One of my best friends describe me as "the chamber of commerce for everywhere" because I've lived in 12 different states and provinces. I take after famous explorer Rick Steves, seeking out the most local hot spots and economical travel plans. And India is next in my sights...
Check out my favorite spots on the map for your future adventure! Purple colored for experiences, red for food, orange for shopping, yellow for scenery, black for lodging, brown for nightlife, grey for drives, green for golf, dark blue for ice rinks and light blue for ski hills!