Richard was the co-founder of one of the first commercial alternative radio stations in America, KCGL-FM in Salt Lake City founded in 1984. Since that time he went on to found KJQN-Salt Lake City and in 1991 purchased KNNC-FM (K•NACK,) Austin, Texas and KENZ-FM (The End,) Salt Lake City in 1995.

KNNC served as the training ground for some of the most influential programmers in progressive radio including Mike Peer, Music Director of K-Rock, New York City, Lynn Barstow, Program Director of KROX Austin, Paul Kreigler, Program Director The Mix, Atlanta, Tim Davis, Jacobs Media, and Bruce Jones alternative format general of Citadel Communications Corporation.

Richard also owned an interest in Rainmaker Records, former home of Soak, The Nixons and Deep Blue Something, and most recently Sugar Bomb which signed to RCA Records in 2001.

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