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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 added 26 new photos.Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 8:14pm

We love being here in Nashville for #CRS2017! It's going to be an exciting week and we're thrilled to take you on the ride with us!

Day 1 of CRS is in the books! ✅


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Rise Up Country with John RitterWednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 1:54pm

Did you ever have words change your life? We'll be speaking to Lauren Alaina this weekend about this statement.

Words can change your life! We'd love to hear the ones that have changed yours!

#RiseUpCountry #LaurenAlaina

Shari Howland My Father told me when I was 16 that should of's and could of's do not matter. Only happenings in this moment matter. I have lived by this for 36 years and counting!
Dennis Acheson She and Scottie were great on Idol. Should be a great show.
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Rise Up Country with John RitterTuesday, February 21st, 2017 at 8:41pm

We've got Lauren Alaina joining us on the show this weekend!

Join us all on the road less traveled. (See what we did there?)

#RiseUpCountry #LaurenAlaina

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Lauren Alaina - Road Less Traveled (Audio)
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Renee Love Another one of my girls I adore.
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Rise Up Country with John RitterTuesday, February 21st, 2017 at 9:45am
Carol Ligi So very true!Amen
Renee Love Oh definitely!
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Rise Up Country with John RitterMonday, February 20th, 2017 at 9:28am

Today's #MotivationalMonday President's Day Edition!


Renee Love amen
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Rise Up Country with John RitterSunday, February 19th, 2017 at 9:21pm

This is a new up and coming artist that I met in Nashville and I just had to show off her talents. She is a Big hit in Canada and is heading South!

Tenille Arts singing "What He's Into"


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Tenille Arts - What He's Into - Official Music Video
Official Music Video for "What He's Into" by Tenille Arts. Get the single here: https://itun.es/us/1Jt5gb
Paula Baldwin Bechmann Hope we hear more of her real soon!!!