RICK RIZZS, the Mariners primary voice on radio, is in his 35th season with the broadcast team in 2020. His 35 years with the Mariners surpass Dave Niehaus as the longest-tenured broadcaster in club history. Rick has been a part of the Mariners broadcast team continuously since 1995, following an original nine-year stint with the club from 1983-1991.
Rick received the 2017 Keith Jackson Award from the Seattle Sports Commission for excellence in communicating the sports stories of our state.
Rick is a 1975 graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. From 1975-80, he handled double-A baseball play-by-play duties for Alexandria, Amarillo and Memphis. He became the sports director at WBNS radio in Columbus, Ohio in 1981, where he called Ohio State football and Triple-A baseball for two seasons. He was named the Ohio "Sportscaster of the Year" in 1981 by the Ohio Sportscasters Association. Rick was originally hired to broadcast Mariners games in 1983 and spent nine seasons with the club. In 2000, Rick was named the Chicago-area sportscaster of the year by the Chicago Pitch and Hit Club. He also spent three seasons calling the play-by-play with Bob Rathbun on radio for the Detroit Tigers from 1992-94.
Throughout the year, Rick also heads Toys For Kids, a non-profit he co-founded in 1995. In 2019, Toys for Kids donated toys for more than 11,000 homeless and hospitalized children and presented six $5,000 educational scholarships. Rick resides in Issaquah. He has one son, Nick, two grandsons, Jaxon and Braedon , and one granddaughter, Ryan.