His name is Rick Loewen, but if you're familiar with Toronto radio you probably knew him as Ripkin and he was probably the most popular host of the short lived MOJO Radio.
It's amazing, wherever I go people (mostly guys) talk about how much they loved MOJO Radio and without fail, they mention Ripkin.
Ripkin did the mid-day show. He followed the Humble and Fred Show and his gravelly voice, coupled with his ability to make just about anything interesting made him the favourite of a lot of guys who found their way to MOJO between 2001 and 03.
In the spring of '03 Ripkin left MOJO and returned to his home province of Manitoba where he dabbled in a few things before finding his way back to radio.
Ripkin is now known as Roadhouse Rick on Hank-FM in Winnipeg. He's half of the morning team of Rick and Troy. Troy is known as Cowboy Troy.
It's the perfect situation for (Ripkin), he's back home, he always wanted to do a morning show, and he's enjoying some solid success.
He checked in to FreddieP.ca and said this.
"What the heck? What's up? Long time no hear. I heard you guys were on Mix for a while and then....?
What are you doing these days? I'm having great fun. I work with a good old friend of mine and we're pretty much free to do whatever we want - er, as long as it's only one minute at a time, which is an adjustment. But hey, they pay for my prescriptions.
I'm actually learning to like country music too which I thought I never would."
If you were a fan of Ripkin/Rick Loewen/ Roadhouse Rick, you can check him out here.