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.

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Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterSaturday, March 25th, 2017 at 10:34am

We're looking forward to your stories tomorrow about where you go to get closer to God!

Maren Morris will be joining us and letting us know where she goes to feel that connection.

#RiseUpCountry #MarenMorris

Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterFriday, March 24th, 2017 at 11:54pm

We are loving this one by our guest this weekend, Maren Morris!

Let us know what you think 👍🏻

Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterFriday, March 24th, 2017 at 1:15pm

We've got great news today!

Welcome another great station to the family…Now we can be heard in Albuquerque, NM on KBZU from 6-8:00 a.m. On Sunday's!

KBZU #FollowFridays #RiseUpCountry

Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterThursday, March 23rd, 2017 at 9:18pm

We've got Maren Morris on the show this Sunday talking about where you go or what you do to get closer to God?

#RiseUpCountry #MarenMorris

Renee Love Oh triple amen to that one.
Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterThursday, March 23rd, 2017 at 10:05am

Maren Morris is joining us this Sunday and we're talking about what we do or where we go to get closer to God! {This is going to be a great show!}

#RiseUpCountry #MarenMorris

Paula Baldwin Bechmann Every week is a great show, John!!! <3
Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterWednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 11:44am

We're talking to Maren Morris this weekend! Don't forget to tune in 👍🏻

Paula Baldwin Bechmann Take a walk alone in the local nature preserve. The quiet sounds of the wildlife and trees reminds me there is so much more going on than the noise & bustle of the city! <3
Carol Ligi I go in a room where it is quiet!And Pray!!!
Christina Hand I just pray where ever I may be. I sometimes go out to nature.

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