Rich Valdés is an American radio personality, television commentator, and entrepreneur known for hosting radio talk shows on WABC-AM and WLIR-FM in New York, WPHT-AM in Philadelphia, and on the nationally syndicated Westwood One radio network.
In 2022, Valdes went from hosting a local talk show on station WPHT Philadelphia to hosting a national show on hundreds of radio stations throughout the United States, inheriting the nightly nationwide talk show slot that was held by Jim Bohannon until Bohannon’s retirement and was pioneered by media superstar Larry King decades before that.
Valdés’s program maintains the same interview format as his predecessors with guest interviews in the first two hours of the show followed by the “Open Phones Across America” call-in format established by King in 1978. He is the first
Since 2018, Valdes has hosted talk shows on TalkRadio 77 WABC (770 kHz) in New York City, New York; a weekday call-in program on News Talk 107.1 WLIR (107.1 MHz) on Long Island New York, and weekends on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT (1210 kHz) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He is the host of the This is America with Rich Valdes podcast which is streamed on iHeartRadio and distributed by YEA Networks. The show peaked at number 25 on the Apple Podcast chart for News/Politics (2019).
Nationally, Valdes is known as the radio personality “Mr. Call Screener” or “Richie V.” the associate producer of the nationally syndicated Mark Levin Show, where he is a frequent substitute host of the program. Valdes was also the primary fill-in host of the Jim Bohannon Show until getting signed by the network to take over the nightly broadcast from 10:00 pm until 1:00 am Eastern Time.
Broadcaster, Radio Host, Radio Presenter, Media Personality, former government administrator, college marketing director, barber, and small business owner.
Early life & Education
Valdés was born in Brooklyn, NY where he attended New York City Public School PS 197 and IS 240 Andreas Hudde Intermediate School. He moved to Hudson County, NJ when he was 12 years old. He attended Anna L Klein School, North Bergen High School, and North Hudson Vocational Technical School before becoming an entrepreneur and going to college. Valdes attended New York University majoring in business and organizational behavior and communication and Pillar College where he majored in organizational leadership.
Rich Valdes studied cosmetology and held a state permit to cut hair and is the founder of Phat Fades Barbershop. He later attended New York University and Pillar College studying organizational behavior and communications, and business.
Valdes served in the Administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie from 2011-2013. In 2017 Valdes was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Committee at the New Jersey State Center for Hispanic Policy Research and Development.
Since 2018, Valdes has hosted talk shows on TalkRadio 77 WABC (770 kHz) in New York City, New York; a midday weekday call-in program on News Talk 107.1 WLIR (107.1 MHz) on Long Island New York, and weekends on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT (1210 kHz) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the host of This Is America with Rich Valdes streamed on iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, and other podcast platforms and distributed by Cumulus Media.
The tutelage and mentorship of two protégés of the late broadcaster Bob Grant –(Hall of Fame talker Mark Levin who was also mentored by the late Rush Limbaugh, and veteran local talk host Curtis Sliwa) can be heard in Valdés’s on-air use of satire, cynicism, and humor. Valdés has also shared that his on-air commentary was also influenced by his friend and colleague John Batchelor, as well as some of the first radio personalities he’d ever listened to like Larry King, Dr. James Dobson, the late Chuck Colson, and Spanish-language broadcaster and comedian Luis Jimenez.
Rich Valdes has been a vocal supporter of music education in public schools and has actively supported the work of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation hosting events to raise awareness for their mission while inviting celebrity guests like recording artist Treach from the Hip Hop group Naughty by Nature, actor Stephen Baldwin, rapper Ice T, and reality TV stars Angelina Pivarick-Larangeira from MTV’s Jersey Shore and Ginamarie Zimmerman from CBS’s Big Brother who have supported his red carpet events since 2012.
May 5, 1978, Brooklyn, NY
American of Puerto Rican heritage
According to Net Worth Post Rich Valdes has an estimated net worth of $1.7 million – $17, 000,000 million (USD). Valdes resides in the New York City metropolitan area and is reported to split his time between there, Miami Beach, FL, and visits to Puerto Rico.
Marriage & Dating
Valdes is divorced. No other information is available.
Profiles & Social Media Handles
Facebook Fan/Company Page: Rich Valdes