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John 'Lutz' Ritter

One of the most talented musician-song writers ever to come out of Tampa Bay, this graduate of Northeast High School in St Petersburg has quite a few credits to his long line of successes.

John Ritter, Masters Degree in Speech pathology from USF, wrote the theme for the original Q Zoo at Q105. ‘Cleveland, Shannon, Brooks & Tedd Webb, Billy Bob Finley, Johnson the maintenance man, Ron Mantone, TJ Rainwater, Leroy Deveroe and Bud Coontz from Lutz, Good morning from the Q Morning Zoo, waking up with folks like you’... Who can ever forget those golden days of radio in Tampa Bay.

John earned his nick name ‘John ‘Lutz’ Ritter after penning and recording the local hit ‘In Beautiful Downtown Lutz’. That song got quite a bit of airplay on Q105 and other stations. John also wrote the Bucs fight song ‘Hey Hey hey We’re The Buccaneers’. He did many variations of the song to accommodate every opponent on the Buc’s schedule.

John owns a 24 track studio where he continues to write and produce songs. He has recorded with Warner Brothers and RCA records, and co produced with Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters. He hosted mornings on Country Q105 for 6 years with Ken Cooper, and is now the host of WQYK ‘s ‘The Rise Up Show’ Sunday mornings from 6-10 AM.

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