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Tom Rickert

Rickert_Tom KYW 300One of the most energetic additions to the KYW Newsradio staff, Tom Rickert joined Newsradio in May of 2011.

Since then, he’s performed the roles of editor, feature reporter, web editor, sports producer, and overall utility infielder for KYW.

Tom is the program director and executive producer for “Hear Philly,” the online radio station dedicated to “What’s going on in Philadelphia,” produced in partnership with KYW Newsradio and Visit Philly. He reports for KYW Newsradio as well.

Tom has been broadcasting since he figured out how to build a crystal radio out of a plastic bottle, some spare wire, an old home telephone, and several miscellaneous parts in Radio Shack’s aisle 3.  It had a signal that went about 40 feet, and a listening audience that included two cats and mom’s earplugs.

As a teenager, Tom directed and produced his high school’s morning news TV broadcast, even substituting as a weather reporter and anchor when duty called.  In hindsight, Tom realizes he did very little meaningful reporting -– usually just cracking awful weather jokes to an audience of mostly unconscious students.

He has a degree in broadcasting, telecommunications, and mass media with a concentration in the recording industry from Temple University’s School of Communications and Theatre.  A recording engineer and audiophile, he decided to pursue a career in journalism and return to one of his first passions, radio, after graduating college and joining KYW.

When he’s not working to bring you the news, Tom watches, talks, lives, and breathes baseball to anyone who will listen.  An avid snowboarder, you can usually find him in the Poconos in the winter, with the occasional trip to Vermont and Colorado.

Tom has also been playing Ultimate Frisbee and tennis for over a decade, and is always trying to find a pickup game or match in the city.

Tom grew up in West Chester, Pa., lived in North Philadelphia and Northern Liberties, and currently resides in Delaware County, where the roads are always just bad enough to make longboarding a real challenge.

He plays guitar in a local metal band and freelances as a recording engineer whenever the audio-tech bug bites.

Tom is the resident video game consultant at Newsradio, and he does his best to bring media coverage of Philadelphia’s gaming scene to KYW and HearPhilly.com.

He has an adorable dachshund named Dublin.

You can follow Tom on Twitter at https://twitter.com/teerick.

 

(credit: CBS)

Sparks Fly Between Corbett, Wolf At ‘Breakfast With The Candidates’ Debate

Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf argued over taxes and school funding during the one-hour “Breakfast with the Candidates” at the CBS Broadcast Center.

10/01/2014

Paul Cézanne, The Kitchen Table (La table de cuisine), 1888–90, oil on canvas. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, RF 2819 (“Photograph © 2012 The Barnes Foundation.”)

Barnes Foundation To Exhibit 21 Of Cézanne’s Still Lifes

The Barnes Foundation has gathered 21 of Cézanne’s still lifes, from its own collection and from museums all over the world, in an exhibit titled “The World Is an Apple.”

08/16/2014

The Skyline stage at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. (Credit: Tom Rickert)

Diana Ross To Perform At Mann Center

Diana Ross is a giant in the music industry.

06/14/2014

(Credit: Photo provided by Brian Haug/Code Day)

Hear Philly: 24 Hours To Build Something Awesome At CodeDay

Coding, programming, and computer analytics don’t seem like very sexy careers. But did you know that developers and programmers are among the highest paid members of the workforce, right out of college?

05/21/2014

Building plaques for the SS United States, designed by Cox & Gibbs. (Credit: Tom Rickert)

SS United States At The Seaport Museum

One of the largest ships making her home on the Delaware River may just have the most stories to tell as well.

05/10/2014

Commodore John W. Anderson's Flag from the SS United States' maiden voyage. (Credit: Tom Rickert)

Hear Philly: Discover America’s Flagship At The Seaport Museum

This ship has a lot of stories to tell. Her name is the SS United States, and she spent the better part of two decades as America’s Flagship, breaking speed records across the Atlantic Ocean, and serving as the luxurious temporary home to many famous travelers.

05/02/2014

Pedagogy BoyBoy 2003 by Yinka Shonibare. (Credit - Photograph 2012 The Barnes Foundation.)

Yinka Shonibare’s ‘Magic Ladders’ At The Barnes

The Barnes Foundation brings British artist Yinka Shonibare and his exhibit, “Magic Ladders,” to Philadelphia for a three month showing, starting with a kickoff party and meet-and-greet with the artist on January 24th.

01/25/2014

The Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill. (Credit: Woodmere Art Museum)

‘Wild Flowers: Paintings And Drawings By Peter Paone’

Walk in the door of the Woodmere Art Museum, and right away, the gallery down the hall demands your attention.

12/22/2013

(Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater  Credit: Kelly and Massa)

Ailyn Pérez At The Kimmel Center

Award-winning soprano Ailyn Pérez has strong ties to Philadelphia. Now, she’s returning to the city on Tuesday, December 17th.

11/30/2013

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