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riseup 6-8am bannerABOUT JOHN RITTER

John Ritter has been directly involved in the music business since he was a young child. At eight years and before ever having a voice lesson, he was singing in church and talent contests. His natural-born musical ability continued to improve during high school where he played the bass guitar and sang with several local bands. After attending Saint Petersburg Junior College, he received his Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from the University of South Florida.

In 1980, after taking a vacation to Lake Tahoe, John made the decision to pursue his music career out West playing the Nevada circuit. During that time he became friends with Colin Ray who was pursuing the same carreer. In addition to his work on the circuit, John has recorded sessions with Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters and Sony Music VP Paul Wurley.

After 11 years as a successful Nevada entertainer, John decided to stop entertaining and move back to Florida with his wife, Bobbie and their two children, Lindsey and Johnny. He built a 24-track recording facility and began the positive country music show Rise Up. The success of that show allowed John to hook up with Ken Cooper to form “Cooper & Ritter,” which ran as a very successful morning show on the legendary Q105 for six years.

Rise Up eventually moved to Tampa’s Award Winning WQYK, 99.5 where it was re titled “Rise Up Country” and distributed nationally. Rise-Up Country can now be heard on over 100 great radio stations across America.

Rise Up’s mission statement is to tell people not to give up, that God loves them and there is hope. John likes to say it’s where we get our weekly dose of inspiration and a message of hope. John wants to see families stay together; and as a proud dad, one of the most important messages he hopes to convey is to love your children. He knows how precious family can be. John and his wife Bobbie almost lost their son, Johnny to a violent attack, so they’ve learned to appreciate every moment with their children and the power of prayer.

In addition to hosting the Rise Up Country show and running his production studio, John has also continued to pursue his writing abilities and has several songs to his name, including the theme songs for the Q-Morning Zoo radio show, “Beautiful Downtown Lutz,” and the Tampa Bay Buccaneer Fight Song, “Hey, Hey, Hey, We’re the Buccaneers.” Each month he spends some time in Nashville where he writes songs with artists and other song writers. He has songs recorded by both Craig Morgan and Suzie Luchsinger.

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Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterFriday, December 9th, 2016 at 8:07pm

Our guest this weekend, Brett Eldredge has a wonderful new Christmas CD out called "Glow" and you can listen to the title track below!

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Glow
Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group Glow · Brett Eldredge Glow ℗ 2016 Atlantic Recording Corporation Acoustic Bass, Bass: David Finck Acoustic Guitar, ...
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Rise Up Country with John RitterFriday, December 9th, 2016 at 11:40am

God can even use a squirrel to get you to call his name! (Still one of the funniest videos out there) Ray Stevens knows how to pick em!

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Ray Stevens - The Mississippi Squirrel Revival
http://www.raystevens.com https://www.facebook.com/raystevensmusic1707 Off the DVD Ray Stevens - Comedy Video Classics, a comedic song about a squirrel that ...
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Debbie Chidester This song (& Ray Stevens) are favorites of mine!!!
Renee Morton Love I love this so much! Lol. 🙂
Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterThursday, December 8th, 2016 at 6:55pm

Miss a show lately? No worries, you can find them over on our website!

Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterThursday, December 8th, 2016 at 10:14am

We're talking to Brett Eldredge this weekend about the people in your life that taught you patience!

If you've got a story to share, we want to hear it!

Renee Morton Love I so agree. <3 :)
Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterWednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 7:40pm

We are excited to have Brett Eldredge back on the show with us! Here's one of our favorites of his "Mean To Me".

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