News coverage of Rick's retirement.
How Rick D'Amico from Fox 10 said goodbye
Rick D'Amico to retire from Channel 10 in Phoenix
TV personality Rick D'Amico, a fixture on Channel 10 (KSAZ) since the '80s, announced in the Fox newsroom on Wednesday, June 1, that he will retire from the station. His last day will be Aug. 1.
“This was an extremely difficult decision to make, because working here at Fox 10 has been the most exciting, rewarding and fun thing I’ve ever done in my career," D'Amico said in a statement. "Thirty years is a long time in television news, and I’ve certainly seen a lot of changes, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the most wonderful people I’ve had the opportunity to work with. I probably won’t miss waking up early in the morning, but I certainly will miss the people."
D'Amico, who joined the station in 1987, established himself as one of the Valley's most personable and trustworthy personalities. His lighthearted banter with co-anchor Ron Hoon on the station's morning show is one of the trademarks of the program.
"Rick is truly one of a kind," said Doug Bannard, vice president and news director at KSAZ, said in a release. "He has been a key part of the Fox 10 family for nearly 30 years — the last 19 of which he co-hosted ‘Fox 10 Arizona Morning.’ He’s an amazing broadcaster who lights up the screen as well as the newsroom. We will miss Rick’s infectious smile, curiosity and incredible breadth of experience.”
D'Amico began his media career working as a disc jockey while serving in the United States Air Force. He eventually spent 19 years on radio, with gigs in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Rick D'Amico has been hosting the Channel 10 morning show for 16 years.
He moved to television and worked as a weatherman in Lansing, Mich. He came to Phoenix to do weather at Channel 10 before being promoted to news anchor. He moved to his current gig as one of the hosts of the station's "Fox 10 Arizona Morning" in 1997, when the program was launched. Hoon joined a few months later, making them one of the longest-running teams currently on morning TV, if not the longest.
D'Amico has won an Emmy and two Associated Press Awards. His interview subjects have included President Ronald Reagan and President Bill Clinton.
As for the future? D'Amico says he plans to take it easy.