A native of Chicago, Rick Balis arrived in St. Louis and joined the staff of KSHE-95 in 1976, performing various duties for the station. He signed on to the airwaves in 1977 as an afternoon drive jock and continued in that capacity for three years until he exchanged the mic for a job in the programming office. Except for a brief stint as program director for KSD-FM, most of Rick’s career has been spent at KSHE. He was named Radio and Records Magazine's 2008 Rock Operations Manager/Program Director of the Year and in 2014 was selected as one of three panelists in the RAB/NAB Radio Show’s “New Creative Edge Challenge.”
As of the time of his Hall of Fame induction, Rick was VP and Director of Programming for the Emmis St. Louis owned stations… KSHE-95, NOW96.3, The Point and FM News Talk 97.1.