While serving in the United States Air Force, he landed his first radio job as a disc jockey in Albany, Georgia. Upon leaving the military he worked at a number of radio stations in Ashtabula, Ohio – Battle Creek, Michigan -Erie, PA and in Cleveland, Ohio at WHK and became one of the pioneer radio personalities on WMMS. Rick advanced his career in radio in Michigan in management of several radio stations and part owner of one. After 19 years in radio, Rick decided to try his hand at television, and became a TV Weather caster for NBC and CBS affiliates in Lansing, Michigan. Tired of Midwest winters, in 1987 Rick landed the job as TV Weatherman at KSAZ-TV in Phoenix, Arizona.
Rick completed his meteorological education from Mississippi State University and was recruited by CBS News as the fill in weatherman on “The CBS Morning News” and “CBS This Morning”. Because of his work on CBS, Rick was promoted to News Anchor at KSAZ in Phoenix. In addition to his anchoring duties, he served as Editor of Business and Economic News, reported live from the Los Angeles riots, interviewed President Ronald Reagan, followed President Bill Clinton to Los Alamos, New Mexico, anchored and reported live from New York City and “Ground Zero” in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. He also followed the Arizona Diamondbacks to Yankee Stadium for the World Series anchoring his morning show from the Fox News Channel.
For 19 years until his retirement, Rick co-anchored, “Fox-10 Arizona Morning”. Rick also anchored The Fox-10 News at Noon. He had numerous reports on CNN and the Fox News Channel.
His Emmy Award winning broadcasting career spanned more than 50 years in radio and television and print. He was inducted into the Silver Circle in the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter in 2014. He is also the recipient of two Associated Press Awards for excellence in News Anchoring and is in two books about the beginning of Rock and Roll and Cleveland Radio. “Radio Daze, Stories from the Front in Cleveland’s FM Air Wars” by Mike Olszewski and “Rock & Roll and the Cleveland Connection” by Deanna R. Adams. Rick was honored by his High School by being inducted into the Wickliffe High School Hall of Fame. Rick D’Amico retired from Fox 10 Phoenix on August 1st of 2016.
He has helped raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for his favorite charities, The American Lung Association, The Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Arizona and Foster Children of Pinal County, Arizona. Rick D’Amico retired on August 1st of 2016.
Rick and his wife Ruth have been married since 1969. They have four children, twin boys, two daughters, and a granddaughter.