Rick Beckett: WOOD Radio Grand Rapids

February 27, 2009

Rick Beckett was the co-host of the popular Grand Rapids, Michigan morning radio program, ‘The Rick & Scott Show.’ See photos, video and a biography here.

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Rick Beckett is in the news today as his sudden passing away has stunned the radio broadcast world. The popular radio personality was an icon in West Michigan and had been with Grand Rapids WOOD-AM Radio 1300 for nearly six years. Along with his friend and fellow radio personality, Scott Winters, he was the co-host of the WOOD-AM Radio ‘The Rick & Scott Show’ which was heard both locally and internationally via the Internet.

Beckett was 54 years old and suffered an apparent heart attack on February 26, 2009. The radio station plans a special tribute to Rick Beckett on Monday, March 2, 2009 during the normal hours of the ‘The Rick and Scott Show, 9am-12 noon ET.

Scott Winters spoke of the loss of his friend and colleague on his blog.

Throughout those 15+ years we had a lot of fun working together on the airwaves in West Michigan. Oh sure, there were a few bumps in the road along the way, but those minor setbacks always made the team of “Rick and Scott” that much stronger.”

As a biography, Rick Beckett was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His age was 54. He graduated from Union High School in Grand Rapids. He began working in radio in 1969 while still in high school, as part of the Junior Achievement program. Prior to working for WOOD-AM 1300, he worked with Scott Winters for nearly 15 years; they worked together at WGRD-FM and WKLQ-FM and joined the staff of WOOD-AM at the same time and were co-hosts of ‘The Rick & Scott Show.’

Rick Beckett had battled health problems for several years; he was a diabetic and an alcoholic, until 2002 when he stopped drinking for good. As a former alcoholic, adamant about warning others of the dangers, he concluded the ‘The Rick and Scot Show’ every Friday by talking about drinking and driving.

In an interview he said that during one year he was hospitalized 11 times. His condition, due to excessive drinking became so severe he was not expected to survive.

They administered last rites, and doctors told me my next drink would be my last. I used to drink two-fifths a day of 100 proof vodka and spent 30 years as an alcoholic.”

He was fortunate to have worked lifelong in the field of his choosing and to have become an iconic figure in West Michigan where he spent his entire life. He expressed an appreciation for life in his final blog entry.

“The purpose of life is to matter, to be productive, to have it make a difference that you lived at all, using the talents God has given you for the betterment of others.”

Here and here are photos of Rick Beckett. Watch video below.

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