The Rick Smith Show
- Every Sundays, 6:00pm–8:00pm
About The Show
In 2005, The Rick Smith Show stepped into a local radio world
devoid of progressive talk. Rick took his straight shooting no nonsense
Teamster outlook to the air and started mixing it up with conservatives
from one of the reddest areas north of the Mason Dixon line. His show
grew steadily, attracting listeners starved for a voice that spoke to
working stiffs who felt the economic floor crumbling beneath them.
Five years after the start of his weekend program, Rick moved to new
time slots and new stations. His show now airs Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm on
several stations across the state of Pennsylvania where he offers hard
truth and commentary with a unique blend of clear-headed, gruff analysis
and bemused observation. Lest things get too serious, he spices things
up with a laugh or two.
Rick comes by his outlook honestly. He grew up in the projects of
Cleveland, ducking local gangs while doing paper routes and odd jobs to
help feed his family. After high school, he went out on his own, driving
18 wheelers as a proud union member. Nowadays, Rick, a father of three,
is on the front lines of the class work every weekday from 3pm-6pm. He
feels the calling to spread the word about the desperate needs facing
workers, and to make the world a better place for kids growing up in
what is becoming an America of rich and poor.
Rick believes somebody has to wake up the American working class to
engage in the democratic process, but not in the corporate-funded Tea
Party fashion. He has the rough edges and the grit of a Teamster; he’s a
street talker, but a street talker with charm.