10 Questions with ... Rick Rantz
November 18, 2014
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
The Rick Rantz Show, previously on WQTT-A (May 2013-November 2014) on-air Monday thru Friday 4-6p. Before moving to WQTT, we were on ESPN Radio KNR2 1540AM for two years. Our show focuses on political and social satire. We also try to integrate our own brand of humor into the show to entertain listeners, even when we discuss intellectual issues.
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
Several times a day I remind myself that somewhere, someone still wants to be entertained. And somewhere, someone in the business of radio understands this.
I still believe that if you entertain people, more people will listen. The broadcast business -- either television or radio -- in my mind is more than just a platform to sell toothpaste and financial planning.
2) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
Currently, collecting and cataloging memorabilia with plans to open a Bea Arthur museum.
3) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
Yes, I do hope to stick with radio, although at this point it really isn't my call, is it.
4) Are you able to slow down and enjoy free time doing things with your family and friends that you probably did not have time to do while you were working?
Yes, I have been able to spend more time with family. I think it is safe to say both the family and myself would like to see that end.
5) What do you miss most about radio? The least?
Being on-air, the opportunity to entertain. At my previous job I was forced to sit in a chair with broken armrests during the show. That would be the thing I would miss the least.
6) What have you learned about yourself, others, or life in general in your downtime?
I have been busy trying to find work. This has not been a time for self-analysis and reflection
7) Is there anything specific that you regret doing while you were still working?
I regret that my attitude may have seemed to be cavalier.
8) If you were offered a similar position to what you were doing for considerably less money, would you seriously consider taking the job just to stay in the biz?
Would the offer of a cot in the studio be made available to me?
9) How will this experience change you when you get back to work?
Like just about every experience in life, it humbles you.
10) Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
Five years: Involved in a reverse mortgage.
Ten years: Some level of assisted living.
What's your favorite new diversion?
Did I mention the Bea Arthur museum?