Tom Rickert

Rickert_Tom KYW 300Tom 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 was the second 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 Hear Philly 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 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

He has an adorable dachshund named Dublin.

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A Cure For Blindness: From “Scroll Down,” A KYW Original Podcast

This is the story of how Christian Guardino started to see, after a group of doctors spent 20 years trying to cure a rare, specific type of childhood blindness.


Comcast Center Kicks Off The Holiday Spectacular Light Show

The hi-rez LED displays inside the Comcast Center welcomed the holidays with a Thanksgiving Philadelphia tradition: the Holiday Spectacular Light Show.


Norcross Announces a $2.4M Federal Grant For South Jersey Health Centers

Thursday, U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) announced that the CAMcare Health Corporation was awarded a $2,408,488 Health Center Program grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).


Hidden Treasure In Abandoned Buildings: Changing Philly’s Demolition Game

“What we’re trying to do is make this make business sense. Not just to change the lives of these young guys by creating more job opportunities, we’re trying to make this make sense for an entire industry.”


Shoppers Go Bargain Hunting At Cherry Hill Mall

Ready, set, shop…


Family Releases EP Of Slain ‘Voice’ Singer Christina Grimmie

New work from New Jersey’s Christina Grimmie — two months after she was shot and killed in Orlando, Florida.


Philadelphia Corp. For Aging Activates Heatline

Philadelphia’s under an excessive Heat Warning, and the Philadelphia Corporation for aging has activated its heatline.


La Salle Students Return From Historic Trip To Cuba

After a travel ban that’s lasted decades was recently lifted, a group of La Salle University students just got back from a historic, week-long trek to Cuba. Among them, CBSPhilly web editor Gavin Lichtenstein.


Villanova Wildcats Ring Opening Bell At NY Stock Exchange

The bears and the bulls took the morning off — Wall Street’s gone to a whole bunch of Wildcats.


Upper Darby, 69th Street Corridor Road Closures During Weekend Of Papal Visit

Upper Darby officials say a lot of people in town to see Pope Francis are going to come through SEPTA’s 69th Street Terminal, making some road closures in the area necessary.


Kelly Clarkson Cancels Camden Show

The American Idol alum says her doctors are telling her to rest her voice, so she’s decided to cancel a handful of stops on her Piece by Piece tour, including the Susquehanna Bank Center on Sunday, September 20.


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.


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.”


Diana Ross To Perform At Mann Center

Diana Ross is a giant in the music industry.


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?


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.


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.


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.


‘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.


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.