Rise Up Country

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.



Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterTuesday, January 17th, 2017 at 12:02pm

Our show this week is PACKED with your Favorite Artists who are sharing their stories with us about a time in their lives where God had other things planned for them.

We can't wait to hear YOUR stories too!


Renee Morton Love Amen and amen!
Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterMonday, January 16th, 2017 at 9:23am

Some of us are celebrating a day off today, because a man had a dream. His dream turned into a plan and we honor him today.

Your #MondayMotivation comes from Martin Luther King Jr today! We found this quote fitting towards yesterday's show!

#RiseUpCountry #MLKDay

Carol Ligi Amen
Renee Morton Love Oh amen to that!
Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterSunday, January 15th, 2017 at 9:28am

Don't forget, we're standing by the #HopeLine right now with Chris Janson and Canaan Smith talking about how we've learned to make the best of a situation.

1-844-717-7774 until 12 PM EST is the Number to call!

We'd like to thank each and every one of you for tuning in with us this morning! We're so happy to have you spending your Sunday with us!

#RiseUpCountry #ChrisJanson #CanaanSmith #Radio

Billy Jo Colhop-Clark Be the pigeon or be the statue 😂😂😂!
Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterSunday, January 15th, 2017 at 6:00am

Today's #Jumpstart:


Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.

Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.

If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

If you lend someone Nok100 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

Never buy a car you can't push.

Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

The second mouse gets the cheese.

When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Renee Morton Love I love this! 🙂
Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterFriday, January 13th, 2017 at 12:51pm

Have you ever found yourself in a tough situation? We want to hear your stories this Sunday!

We'll be talking to Canaan Smith and Chris Janson about some tough situations that they've endured.

This is going to be a heartfelt show!

#RiseUpCountry #CanaanSmith #ChrisJanson

Adam Ramer Yup bring it on!!!!!
Karen Pinsonneault You should interview artist Morgan Myles. She endured a situation with a friends challenging ALS.
Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterThursday, January 12th, 2017 at 2:06pm

This is Amazing - Check this out!
Were you able to read it?

Let us know in the comments below!

Renee Morton Love Yes.
Carol Ligi YES I read it all the way to the end!!!
Alan D. VanLeeuwen No Problem
Letty Torres To easy..
Amy DenHamer I can read it!