If you live in Central Pennsylvania, you can listen on WIOO 97.9 FM in Harrisburg and 93.9 FM in Shippensburg from 9 p.m. to midnight. It is rebroadcast in Scranton/Wilkes Barre on WFTE 105.7 FM and 90.3 FM and in Williamsport on WXPI 88.5 FM from noon to 3 p.m.
If you don’t live in Central Pennsylvania, you can still check out Rick Smith on the Internet.
Visit www.therickshow.com and watch live streaming video from the studio. The program is also carried on the Head-On Radio Network, www.headonradionetwork.com, live from 9 p.m. to midnight and at alternate times throughout the day.
In addition to being a proud Teamster from two Ohio Teamster Locals 293 and 407, Brother Smith was a card carrying member of Teamsters Local Union No. 229 and Teamsters Local Union No. 776 in PA.
Pictured Below-General President James Hoffa and Rick Smith
In 2005, The Rick Smith Show stepped into a local radio world devoid of progressive talk. On a small country & western station, Rick took his Teamster-member outlook to the air and started mixing it up with conservatives from one of the reddest areas north of the Mason Dixon line. His show grew steadily, attracting listeners starved for a voice that spoke to working stiffs who felt the economic floor crumbling beneath them.
Five years after the start of his weekend program, Rick moved to new time slots and new stations. His show now airs Monday-Friday 9pm-12am on WIOO 97.9 FM & 1000 AM (Carlisle/Harrisburg) and WEEO 93.9 & 1480AM (Chambersburg/Shippensburg), where he offers hard truth and commentary with a unique blend of clear-headed, gruff analysis and bemused observation. Lest things get too serious, he spices things up with a laugh or two.
Rick comes by his outlook honestly. He grew up in the projects of Cleveland, ducking local gangs while doing paper routes and odd jobs to help feed his family. After high school, he went out on his own, driving 18 wheelers as a proud union member. Nowadays, Rick, a father of three, is working on a Masters. He feels the calling to spread the word about the desperate needs facing workers, and to make the world a better place for kids growing up in what is becoming an America of rich and poor.
Rick believes somebody has to wake up the American working class to engage in the democratic process, but not in the corporate-funded Tea Party fashion. He has the rough edges and the grit of a Teamster; he’s a street talker, but a street talker with charm.
Listen To These Labor Union Friendly Radio Programs
The Rick Smith Show: a daily show that focuses on working family issues. Hosted by Rick Smith, a Teamster member from Pennsylvania.
The Tony Show: a daily show hosted by Tony Trupiano in the Detroit area that’s for and about members of labor unions.
The Union Edge Show: hosted by Charles Showalter, this daily show based in Pittsburgh and available on-line features topics that are important to the middle class and members of labor unions.
Workers Independent News: a national radio show based in Madison, Wisconsin, the site of one of the largest civil actions against a state governor, this daily program recently featured Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President, in an interview discussing the political landscape.