grew up in Evanston, Illinois. When he left for the University of Illinois in 1968, he created the radio show Changes
on a local station, an unabashed imitation of The Midnight Special
. Since 1974, Rich has recorded a thousand folk music concerts and produced and hosted the WFMT Folk Music Festival. In 1983, Rich became a co-host of The Midnight Special
, and later became its sole host in 1996. In 1999, he launched Folkstage
, a live concert series from WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio. Rich has also contributed to newspapers and magazines as a freelance technology writer, and as a reviewer for Sing Out!
magazine. In 2008, Folk Alliance International honored him as Folk DJ of the Year. In 2017, he was inducted by FAI into the Folk DJ Hall of Fame.