Orlando & The Freakshow

About

 

Freakshow Rich

Orlando:

Orlando, a Gary Indiana native and music lover, is the man in the lead chair at top rated WiLD 94.1 in Tampa. Known throughout the industry as one of the leading Program Directors and Air Personalities in the country, Orlando hits the air at 6am, daily, with Orlando and The Freakshow. He pulls corporate duty as well, as Program Director of the WiLD. He holds countless awards such as Personality of the Year, Billboard Awards Program Director of the Year, and several others.

O. went from Catholic school (9 years) to public school (4 years), to Florida A&M University and Florida State University where he cultivated a love for music that spanned his diverse upbringing. An internship with Tallahassee Top 40 station 101.5 put him on a new focus and path of radio. O. maneuvered through alternative rock, dance and urban, with his claim to fame being a move from unpaid intern to the corner office in 3 years.

Artists such as DJ Khaled, Plies, Ariana Grande, Wyclef, Tori Kelly and comedy greats Jo Koy, Bill Bellamy, and Gary Owen are his favs to interview but also friends. His idols are Hugh Hefner, James Lipton, and Muhammad Ali. He’s an Honorary Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and works to benefit The Children’s Home with his annual “Orlando’s Toy Drive”. Residing in Tampa, Orlando is a father of 2 young “minis”, as he calls them, and borrows his mantra from Jack Benny, “I don’t care who gets the laugh, as long as they get it on the Jack Benny Show!”

 

Rich:

From starting on the WiLD street team in 2014 to now being the 3rd member of Orlando and the Freakshow, Rich is an example of someone who has worked hard and stayed persistent for what he wanted.
Rich grew up in the Bronx, NY but moved to Tampa in 2006 to attend the University of Tampa. Even though he completed 4 years at the University for Sports Management, Ortiz realized his true passion for radio after taking a couple of classes to fulfill his communications minor and volunteering at UT’s WUTT radio station as a sports director. Rich also worked at several clubs in Tampa as a host/promoter where he would meet and work alongside Davy Rolando, who would be the one who would help him get a job at WiLD 94.1.  From there, Rich worked his way up from Promotions assistant to promotions coordinator, to eventually full-time on-air.
“I never in my WiLDest dreams thought I would be on the radio, let alone be on the morning drive with a legendary show like Orlando and the Freakshow.  I truly am living out my dreams and am excited to see where my story goes.”

Meredith:

Meredith Andrade has worked in radio for almost 15 years and started her career while attending The University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. She’s had experiences many veterans would envy including being the female voice on the syndicated ‘MJ Morning Show’ in Tampa. She started out her career as a producer but quickly worked her way up to being the new co-host of ‘Orlando and The Freakshow on Wild 94.1. She’s proved that she can hang with the guys but also speak for women on almost any topic. Working at Wild 94.1 is the most fun she’s ever had while working in radio and absolutely loves the environment and passion everyone brings to the station.

In addition to her radio career, Meredith’s outgoing personality has lead to many other opportunities including being featured in the NY Post twice, Huffington Post, reality television shows, commercials, magazines and even earned a spot on Dancing With The Stars Tampa edition. In her spare time Meredith loves showing her support with local charities by hosting and attending community events and spending time with her family and friends.