Mix 94.1’s “Little Known Facts” With ProNews 7’s Jay Ricci
ProNews 7's Jay Ricci has been an Amarillo fixture in broadcasting for several years and personally, I admire his dedication, professionalism and presence that he has, every night, delivering the daily news headlines. Jay reminds me of that 'favorite uncle' we all have in our lives and brings 'to the table' the best qualities of all the famous tv broadcasters, including; Walter Cronkite. We caught up with Jay to find out some “Little Known Facts.“
Where were you born?
When’s your birthday?
What’s the best part of your job?
“I love being a storyteller. Knowing that I'm the person responsible for getting the information to people and making sure it's correct. I like knowing that I am helping people by getting the stories out there.”
If you weren’t a Journalist, what would you have been?
“I was once in training to be a teacher. My family loves math and there are many accountants in my family. I might have been a math teacher or maybe have gotten into accounting.”
What advice do you have for someone interested in getting into broadcasting?
“I would suggest to get into some type of internship early in your education. If you love broadcasting/journalism you will find it in the fabric of your being. With an internship you can go into it and you may find out that it's not what you were hoping for and will be able to make an adjustment before investing in the studies.”
What is the weirdest job related question you’ve been asked?
“I do a lot of speeches and there is a question I like to defuse right up front. 'How much money do you make?' Questions of salary or 'what kind of car do you drive?' don't pertain to what I do. I am making a very good wage for the age I'm at, but like everyone else, I started out my career making scale. I'm doing what I love and am professionally comfortable.”
How do you use Social Media?
“I only use it for professional purposes to keep in contact with the audience. To keep in touch with my family I use email and texting.”
Do you have any awards?
Most recently I received the 2010 Blood Donor of the Year from Coffee Memorial Blood Center. I donate every eight weeks. In 2005, I received the Panhandle Broadcaster of the Year. I also was the Partners in Education Award Winner from the Amarillo ISD and received the United Way Volunteer of the Year Award. There were lots of good things going on the mid 2000's. I'm also very proud of my 10-year involvement with the Children's Miracle Network. I've attended many of their conventions and helped raise a lot of money for a cause that is near and dear to my heart.”
What are some of your hobbies?
“I enjoy golf, racquetball is good for sweating off the pounds, photography and movies.”
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 items would you take with you?
“Well, my first thought would be my iPhone, but that's not an option, since it wouldn't work. So, I would take with me; a Camera, a sand wedge and some good running shoes.”
Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
“I'm very much a big kid and my inner child is always with me, so I would have to say my favorite place is Walt Disney World. I think it's paradise.”
Any unusual talents?
I used to play a lot of guitar and piano. In my earlier years I did a lot of musical work and played some coffee shops. My music kinda fell into the Simon & Garfunkel sound.”
What is something your viewers would be interested in knowing about you that they don’t already know?
“I was in Seminary High School in Detroit for 4-years. One of the paths I took was to go into the Catholic Priesthood.”