Work smarter. sound better. make more money.  

Rich has spent most of his life listening to and loving music and radio and working in the radio, music and media businesses. From high school and college radio to on-air work, it’s all led to THAT THING.


Rich’s background goes beyond just radio. Following 20 years at Sony Music Entertainment (home to Columbia, RCA and Epic Records), he was the editor of Billboard’s Top 40 Update and continues to write for the magazine and website, with chart-based series such as “Hot 100’s Hottest Weeks” and "Revisionist History.” 


Rich co-authored Book of Days 60s and Book of Days 70s - each a by-day pop culture reference for its decade - and wrote the radio and music newsletter Hz So Good from 1996 to 2015.


Want to challenge Rich with a little music trivia? Not only did he write the questions for Citibank’s online games, for over a decade he wrote and ran “M-T Bowl,” a New York City-based music trivia game show event that raised thousands of dollars for MusiCares, WhyHunger and 9/11 charities.


Rich also teaches radio, broadcasting, media, pop culture, public speaking, voice articulation and writing classes at Fairleigh Dickinson, Seton Hall, Montclair State, and Felician Universities.

That Thing with Rich Appel is all about bringing something special to your weekends:

  • It's a fun,
  • highly produced,
  • curated musical adventure 
  • featuring the best-loved songs of all time

Rich Appel is your musical maestro for this three-hour adventure, with a contemporary spin on the Boss Jock sound from the Golden Age of Top 40 Radio.