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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 15th, 2017 at 11:25am

Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley’s wife, Cassie, shared this Max Lucado post this morning on Instagram and we thought we should share it too!

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Rise Up Country with John RitterThursday, December 14th, 2017 at 11:46pm

Our guest this weekend has some beautiful songs! Here’s Phil Vassar with “Love Is A Beautiful Thing”

Phil Vassar - Love Is A Beautiful Thing
Music video by Phil Vassar performing Love Is A Beautiful Thing. (C) 2008 Universal South Records, LLC
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Rise Up Country with John RitterThursday, December 14th, 2017 at 5:17pm

Who taught YOU how to be a good Mom or Dad? We’re talking to Phil Vassar this weekend about this very topic.

Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterWednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 8:20am

We’re welcoming Phil Vassar back to the show this Sunday and we’re talking about what and who made you the great Mom or Dad that you are today.

#RiseUpCountry #PhilVassar

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Phil Vassar - American Child
Music video by Phil Vassar performing American Child. (C) 2001 BMG Music
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Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterTuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 7:38pm

This weekend we are talking to Phil Vassar about who made you become a Great Mom or a Great Dad?

Rise Up Country with John Ritter
Rise Up Country with John RitterTuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 10:06am

Just some #ThoughtsOnTuesday as the Holidays are approaching and the Year comes to an end.

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