Rick Kelly is the host of WADK's The Irish Hours. A lifelong Newporter, graduate of the former DeLaSalle Academy and Providence College, a Vietnam Veteran, and retired Middletown, RI, school teacher, Rick has been bringing the sounds of Irish music over the airwaves on WADK for over 25 years.
The Irish Hour is a mix of traditional and contemporary Irish and Irish-influenced music heard Sundays from 8:00 to 9:00 am. Over the years , in addition to recorded music, Rick has had in studio guest performances by Riobard O'Dwyer, Jerry O'Sullivan, Jim McCann, Tom Kennedy, and Fishing with Finnegan as well as over the phone interviews with performers such as Derek Warfield, Tony Kenny, Martin Hayes, Andy Cooney, Frank Patterson, David Munnelly, Davey Arthur, and many others.
In 2006 Rick was asked to emcee the opening show "Irish Night at the Newport Folk Festival" that featured tenor Ronan Tynan and Irish super group Cherish the Ladies. The Irish Hours is one of the longest running commercial Irish radio shows in New England.