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That Thing with Rich Appel

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Ok, full disclosure: At age 12, Rich won an award for throwing a football through a hanging tire. And, he’s a radio personality. But, Rich has also proven to be on target with THAT THING. Rich has spent most of his life listening to and loving music and radio, and working in the radio, music, and media businesses. From high school and college radio to on-air work spanning more years than he cares to admit, it’s all led to THAT THING.

Rich’s background goes beyond just radio. Following 20 years at Sony Music Entertainment (home to Columbia, RCA, and Epic Records), he was editor of Billboard’s Top 40 Update – where he also wrote the weekly column “The CHRonicler” – and has written for the magazine and website, with series such as “Hot 100’s Hottest Weeks” and “Revisionist History.”  Rich co-authored Book of Days 60s and Book of Days 70s – each a by-day pop culture reference for its decade – and wrote the radio and music newsletter Hz So Good from 1996 to 2015.

Want to challenge Rich with some music trivia? Not only did he write the questions for Citibank’s online games, but for over a decade he wrote and ran a New York City-based music quiz show event that raised money for charities such as MusiCares, WhyHunger, and 9/11 relief. Rich has also taught classes in radio, public speaking, media writing, and pop culture at Fairleigh Dickinson, Seton Hall, Montclair State, and Felician Universities. He also programs stations for AccuRadio and writes for Inside Radio. And he’s done a bit of voiceover work as well.

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