Riki Rachtman
American radio personality
Riki Rachtman
Riki Rachtman is an American television and radio personality.
Biography
Riki Rachtman's personal information overview.
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News
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Mirra and Deegan, black-eyed and proud - ESPN (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Past fights at Ellismania have included Benji Madden of the band Good Charlotte squaring off against former host of MTV's 'Headbanger's Ball' Riki Rachtman, as well as Ellis himself taking on the likes of Canadian emo bands, along with robot boxing
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Deegan beats Mirra in EllisMania 8 match - ESPN (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Past fights at Ellismania have included Benji Madden of the band Good Charlotte squaring off against former host of MTV's 'Headbanger's Ball' Riki Rachtman, as well as Ellis himself taking on the likes of Canadian emo bands, along with robot boxing
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Everybody Loves Our Town and the Birth of Grunge - BusinessWeek
Google News - over 5 years
... MTV's Kurt Loder and Riki Rachtman to the designer Marc Jacobs, whose notorious “grunge collection” for Perry Ellis (flannels, Doc Martens, and skull caps repurposed for the runway) got him fired from his job as the company's creative director
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Happy Birthday, Gilby Clarke! - Broward-Palm Beach New Times (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The only time the words "Gilby Clarke" and "hit and run" were in the news, Clarke was the victim, and Riki Rachtman was superpissed. Gilby, we have one birthday wish for you: Don't stop rocking. Wait, we changed our minds; we have two birthday wishes
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411 Music Ten Deep 8.05.11: Top Ten MTV Moments - 411mania.com
Google News - over 5 years
Over the course of the show's initial eight year run, hosts Adam Curry and later Riki Rachtman led viewers through the world of metal every Saturday night before the show was unceremoniously canceled in 1995. But with metal going strong,
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Dave Mirra to fight Brian Deegan - ESPN (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Past fights at Ellismania have included Benji Madden of the band Good Charlotte squaring off against former host of MTV's 'Headbanger's Ball' Riki Rachtman, as well as Ellis himself taking on the likes of Canadian emo bands, along with robot boxing
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Top five Headbanger's Ball videos - Westword (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The early host was Adam Curry, but he was replaced in 1990 by Riki Rachtman, who, as one of the owners of LA's Cathouse, had substantial street cred. Because of its seemingly diverse playlist, Headbanger's Ball could be uneven
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MTV Stars: Where are they now? - Beaumont Enterprise
Google News - over 5 years
Riki Rachtman: David Alan "Riki" Rachtman fronted several failed metal bands before he replaced pretty boy Adam Curry as the host of “Headbangers Ball” in 1990. He went on to fawn over the Monsters of Rock for the next five years
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Five Music Shows We Wish MTV Still Aired - Dallas Observer (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Headbangers host Riki Rachtman was awesome because he was a total scene guy -- he had worked in the industry for years, and he knew his stuff. Although Rachtman himself has faded into obscurity, we think the combination of knowledgeable scene-guy host
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MTV Memories: Nirvana Spaces Out On Headbanger's Ball - VH1 (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
So, it's little surprise that Headbanger's Ball host Riki Rachtman –whose allegiances to the LA hair metal scene made him “the enemy” for these Seattle upstarts– treated them as curios rather than the megastars they would eventually become
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Celebrities Race To Raise Money For The Cure Of Pediatric Cancer - Neon Tommy
Google News - over 5 years
The “celebracers” included actors Kim Coates, William Fichtner, Christopher Knight, Frankie Muniz, Riki Rachtman, Peter Shinkoda and Rex Winters; and KLTA Channel 5 News weathermen Dallas Raines and Mark Kriski. Fichtner and Muniz were neck-and-neck
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Hollywood Celebrities Race For a Cure in 'Kids Against Cancer' Night at Toyota ... - SpeedwayMedia.com (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Riki Rachtman who has raced one these S2's in the weekly series here at the speedway, is best known for hosting the highly rated Headbangers Ball on MTV in the 90's. Rachtman also hosts the nationally-syndicated radio show “Racing Rocks,” which is
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Anticipated TV Weatherman Battle Postponed - WhoWon.com
Google News - over 5 years
Driving an S-2 NASCAR (with 350-horsepower V-8's up under a heavily-decaled fiberglass hood), the KTLA weather-forecaster will be drving against actors Kim Coates, William Fichtner, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Christopher Knight, Frankie Muniz, Riki Rachtman,
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Reviving the Roxy: Can the Strip Follow?
NYTimes - about 7 years
THE stage at the Roxy Theater was a blur of tattoos, platinum hair and black leather pants. Two rock stars, Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction and Matt Sorum of Guns N' Roses, watched the show from the V.I.P. section. Devil horns -- the international symbol of rocking out -- were thrown triumphantly in the air. The band on stage was an all-grrl cover
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CLASSICAL MUSIC; Sex and the 'Singles' Symphony
NYTimes - almost 24 years
Time was, it was easy to tell the difference between classical music and pop. The cover art on a classical album, for example, was usually a dignified photograph of the performer or perhaps a somber-hued Baroque painting. Pop music, on the other hand, used any commercial ploy -- colorful, sexy covers, far-fetched promotions, commercial tie-ins --
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Heavy-Metal Mania: It's More Than Music
NYTimes - almost 26 years
"I'm in my mid-30's, I'm a professional, I pay my taxes, I'm a voter, I love heavy metal, and I will until I die." So says Tawn Mastrey, host of the video-magazine Metal Head. Ms. Mastrey built her reputation as "the leather nun" at KNAC, the Los Angeles heavy-metal radio station that features a traffic reporter named Headbangin' Barb, car
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Riki Rachtman
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 49
    In the Summer of 2015, Rachtman became an ordained Minister and performed his first marriage ceremony on August 15th 2015 at the Cathouse Live Concert at Irvine Meadows officiating the ceremony of Skye Hazard and Sean Kelehan of Omaha, Nebraska.
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  • 2014
    Age 48
    In November 2014 he announced on his Facebook account that he will be moving to Mooresville, North Carolina.
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  • 2009
    Age 43
    In 2009, he again hosted the reunion special for Rock of Love Bus.
    More Details Hide Details He was last seen on Daisy of Love, a Rock of Love spin-off starring Daisy De La Hoya, Rachtman's friend and Rock of Love 2 runner-up. Rachtman was born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California. In 1999, he lived in Orange County, California. Riki also told Chris Cornell on a Soundgarden episode of The Headbanger's Ball in 1994, that he used to live in New Zealand. He had previously dated adult-film actress Janine Lindemulder.
  • 2008
    Age 42
    In 2008, he hosted the reunion special for Rock of Love 2.
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  • 2007
    Age 41
    Rachtman hosted the 2007 reunion show for Rock of Love, which starred his friend, Poison frontman Bret Michaels.
    More Details Hide Details Rachtman was also a dean on Rock of Love: Charm School, which featured Sharon Osbourne as headmistress and contestants from Rock of Love seasons 1 and 2, and he also hosted its reunion special, as well.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 37
    Rachtman married Gayle Rachtman in 2003 and they separated in 2011. Riki filed for divorce in February of 2013.
    More Details Hide Details They had no children.
    In 2003, he became the host of a syndicated rock music and NASCAR-themed radio show called Racing Rocks, which is heard on over 120 stations across America.
    More Details Hide Details He currently hosts Nascar 24/7 Live. He was a former co-host of the show NASCAR RaceDay, but as of 2008 is no longer part of the program. Rachtman was the owner of The Cathouse nightclub, for many years a showcase for many of the heavy metal bands that were featured on Headbangers Ball. During this time, he also ran another nightclub called the Bordello. Rachtman and the Cathouse club are featured in the Penelope Spheeris documentary, The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years. During their heyday, they were also featured in Rolling Stone and Newsweek magazines. Rachtman also owns a skateboard company called Pool School.
    In 2003, Rachtman hosted 22 Greatest Bands for MTV2.
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  • 1999
    Age 33
    In 1999 and 2000, Rachtman worked for World Championship Wrestling as a backstage interviewer.
    More Details Hide Details During one episode, he was almost powerbombed by wrestler Kevin Nash. He also hosted Nitro, WCW's flagship program, parties across the country. Seven years prior to his stint with WCW, Rachtman hosted another wrestling-themed show. On the Los Angeles radio station KLSX, Rachtman hosted a show called 'Riki Rachtman Radio.' The show came to an abrupt end when he assaulted fellow KLSX show host Doug Steckler after Steckler insulted Rachtman's girlfriend at the time, adult-film actress Janine Lindemulder.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 24
    From 1990-1995, Rachtman hosted MTV's heavy metal show Headbangers Ball (replacing Adam Curry) as a full-time VJ.
    More Details Hide Details His friend at the time, Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses, reportedly was instrumental in him getting the job at MTV. Despite having no TV experience during that time, he eventually got a job as a VJ on MTV after his successful performance during his audition at MTV studios in New York. Rachtman had a brief appearance as a wedding guest in Guns N' Roses' music video "November Rain". From August 1993 to January 1996, Riki co-hosted the radio advice program Loveline with Doctor Drew Pinsky and Adam Carolla. The trio hosted together until friction between Riki and Adam lead Riki to leave the show in January 1996.
  • 1989
    Age 23
    Before becoming a full-time VJ for Headbangers Ball, Rachtman made guest appearances as a fill-in and guest VJ for the show in 1989 while Adam Curry was still the main host for the program at that time.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Born on June 15, 1965.
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