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ABOUT 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.

“The Rise Up Country” Show is about God, family and country. So don’t give up … just Rise Up on Sunday mornings!”

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Rise Up Country with John RitterAugust 28th, 2015 at 12:20pm

Take those negative voices and use them to propel your dreams forward!

We'll be talking to Kenny Chesney this weekend!

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Rise Up Country with John RitterAugust 27th, 2015 at 10:30pm

With all of the kids getting ready (or already back in school this week) our guest this weekend has the perfect song to send them off!

Here's Kenny Chesney with "There Goes My Life"

We'll be thinking of all of you as your kids take off for the semester!

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Kenny Chesney - There Goes My Life
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Music video by Kenny Chesney performing There Goes My Life. (C) 2003 BMG Music
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Rise Up Country with John RitterAugust 27th, 2015 at 7:12pm

When John was younger, he was given approximately three weeks to live after contracting a very serious virus. His Mom and Dad were very strong in their faith, and took him to this Basilica. Within weeks he no longer had the virus.

John believes because of his parents un-wavering Faith, he was healed.

Here is the prayer that was said:

NOVENA PRAYER TO

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Rise Up Country with John RitterAugust 27th, 2015 at 12:01pm

A great quote by Walt Disney. We'll be talking to Kenny Chesney this weekend about shutting out the negative people and forging on to follow our dreams.

If you have a story to share with us, we'd love to hear it! Post below or send us a message!

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Rise Up Country with John RitterAugust 26th, 2015 at 10:20pm

"Do you know someone who finally listened to that little voice inside and shut out the negatives to accomplish their dream?"

Hey Rise Up Country with John Ritter fans! We decided on a show topic for Kenny Chesney this Sunday. Do any of you have a story to share with us? Message us or comment below! We'd love to hear your stories!

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Rise Up Country with John RitterAugust 26th, 2015 at 12:19pm

We are excited for Sunday's show with Kenny Chesney! Here's a great one for all of the kids that are going back to school this week!

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Kenny Chesney - Don't Blink
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Music video by Kenny Chesney performing Don't Blink. (C) 2007 BMG Music
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Rise Up Country with John RitterAugust 26th, 2015 at 5:27am

Here is our third JumpStart video - Brantley Gilbert - "Come to Jesus" Moment. Brantley told the story about being in a wreck with his truck. Have you had a "Come to Jesus" moment that you can share with us? All of the JumpStart videos are posted to our website after being released here on Facebook every Wednesday.

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JumpStarts Brantley Gilbert - "Come to Jesus" Moment
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When we had Brantley Gilbert on our radio show he talked about his truck wreck and his "Come to Jesus" moment.
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Rise Up Country with John RitterAugust 25th, 2015 at 8:27pm

We are thrilled to be welcoming back Kenny Chesney to the show this Sunday! We hope you'll tune in to hear what he has to say!

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