Hello everyone and thanks for dropping by my little space here on the world wide web!
As a lot of you already know, I have been semi-retired for the last few years and have enjoyed a wonderful career in this crazy world of show business. The more I am not working, the more I long to jump right back into the thick of things and keep working, especially in the field of live radio & television broadcasting and music. Lately, I have been consulted for custom web design, digital photography, writing, as well as public speaking and emcee duties, and lots of work in the field of professional racing--shooting high definition videos with both an in-car high definition camera as well as my handheld Sony camera. Since retirement, I also have taught college level courses in both Speech and Video Production and greatly enjoyed being the official Master of Ceremonies at the historic Madison Theater--where I hosted concerts featuring the great Leon Russell, Delbert McClinton, as well as country great, Craig Morgan, and many others. As a concert promoter, Rick Flynn Productions was proud to bring Southern Rocker Amanda Overmyer, and her band, into town in what turned out to be one of the most successful Cincinnati concerts ever presented that featured a former ''American Idol'' contestant.
For those of you who can remember my days on the air at a 50,000 watt FM radio station (now known as WGRR-FM) which, at that time, was an AOR Rock station known as ''Rock 104'' you may also remember I was very instrumental in heavily promoting one of the great Southern Rock bands, Point Blank. The band, at that time, was a mega-touring outfit under the exact same management as ZZ Top and I became such a huge fan of theirs, to say the least. Point Blank successfully placed their song ''Nicole'' inside the Top 40 on Billboard's Top 100 hits. It was an honor to be recently on stage as the official concert photographer for both Point Blank and Blackfoot at an Indiana show simply called ''The Boogie'' and to have one of my photographs of the band chosen as the inside cover of their newest album ''Fight On!'' on Dixiefrog Records. In February of 2012, I was commissioned to write the official bio of the band, which I did, and it is located here. Thank-you Rusty Burns, John O'Daniel, as well as the late Philip Petty. You Point Blank Boys are the best! To listen to Point Blank singing ''Nicole'' click here. To listen to a brand new Point Blank song called ''Hit the Bottom'' from the ''Fight On!'' album click here. If you would like to see the actual photograph I shot, as it appears on the album cover, click here. If there is one thing I've learned, in all these years, it is the fact that many bands are able to sound good on a studio recording but few are able to duplicate this excitement when playing live--and that is an area where Point Blank excels. For those of you who may be new to the Point Blank experience and would like to hear, for yourself, exactly what this band is capable of in a live concert situation, then I would recommend listening to their original song ''Thank You Mama'' as it appears on their MCA album ''The Hard Way''. To listen to that song now click here.
On March 14, 2015 I published my latest POINT BLANK article called: ''Startin' Up POINT BLANK'S AUTOMOBILE & More on VOLUME 9: The John O'Daniel Interview'' which is an album review of their ''Volume 9'' album along with some more fascinating and extremely entertaining history of the band as told to me by lead singer, John O'Daniel, a/k/a ''Johnny O.''
If you'd like to take a look for yourself and follow both Johnny O and me down memory lane you are more than welcome to do so by clicking here.
As all of you have heard by now, Davy Jones, of The Monkees unexpectedly passed away and he was loved by many from his teen idol years. I had occasion to work with two of The Monkees during my career--both in the field of television. The first was Michael ''Wool Hat'' Nesmith who appeared on a show in which I was interning as a student way back in the 1970s. Mike had already left the band and had just released his solo album called ''Michael Nesmith & The First National Band'' which he gave me a copy of as well as an autograph which I still have today. Years later, in 2008, I was brought in to be part of a live television broadcast and be part of the crew responsible for placing Davy Jones, on live TV, here in Greater Cincinnati. I was one of only two crew members to be assigned to the stage and spent the entirety of the show standing within a few feet of Davy Jones the whole time. Here you see, not a photgraph, but an actual video capture, of that broadcast taken in 2008. That's me, wearing blue, and you can tell I was working that day because I still have my gloves on!
Unbeknownst to me, little did I know Davy would bring up the topic of being Marcia Brady's prom date on ''The Partridge Family'' television show and I did remember seeing that show many years earlier. Marcia Brady is all grown up now and here is Marcia (Maureen McCormick) and her brother and me taken on March 9, 2008 during an interview I did with her for charity in Fairfield, Ohio. Maureen is very generous with her time and donates much of it to doing great work for great causes--especially MRDD issues of which she should be commended.
If you would like to get in touch with me, including those I haven't seen for a while just to say hello, please do so first by email at RRICKFLYNN@AOL.com. I'm usually pretty good about checking my messages and I'll do my best to get back to you right away.
Regarding the above ''This is your Life'' photo, people often ask me whether I was really a guest on the Jerry Springer Show and the truth is: No, I was not. The crew of my television station, WKRP-TV in Cincinnati, actually made this video capture for me, and framed it, as a joke--the reason being...well, ahhhhh, let's not get into that right now...if you don't mind!