Al Beck was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area. He attended Specs Howard School in 2006 which lead to an internship with WRIF. Al has held a variety of positions at The Riff over the years, both on and off the microhone. He was only 19 years old the first time that his voice was heard over these airwaves and has been on the air in some capacity ever since. From 2009-2017 Al hosted the midnight show weekdays on WRIF. In the summer of 2017 Al joined the Dave & Chuck “The Freak” morning show as a producer and personality. Al Beck has spent his entire broadcast career here at 101 WRIF, since the first day of his internship on March 15, 2006.
Steve is originally from Flushing, MI. In 2021 he marked his 31st year on the air, 30 of which have been in Detroit. In addition to his 18 years of service at WRIF, Steve has spent the last 17 years running several syndicated radio shows across the U.S. including “The Chop Shop”, where he became known as one of the most skilled interviewers of musicians in all of radio. Black, as some of his friends still call him, is married with 2-step children, is also an author having written From Black to Light (2014) and The Last Child (2021). He also loves to travel and plans on making it to his 20th different country in the near future.
Proud to have joined WRIF in 2016, Jonel is part-time on-air personality, producer and sometime-studio board operator for all of WRIF’s great jocks. Born in Detroit, raised on the East Side and now resides on the West Side. He has a young son who shares his love for pro wrestling, Star Wars, Batman and Marvel. Proud soccer fan. Supports all of Detroit’s sports teams. Avid music fan who listens to everything (except jazz) and who has a soft spot in his heart for 80s hair metal, punk rock and music that’s made in Michigan. Saturdays from 3PM-7PM on The Riff. @RadioJNJ Twitter/Instagram
Anne Erickson started her radio career shortly after graduating from Michigan State University and has worked on-air in Detroit, Flint, Toledo, Lansing and beyond. As someone who absolutely loves rock, metal and alt music, she instantly fell in love with radio and hasn’t looked back. When she’s not working, Anne makes her own music with her band, Upon Wings, and she also loves cheering on her favorite Detroit and Michigan sports teams, especially Lions and MSU football. Anne is also an award-winning journalist, and her byline has run in a variety of national publications. Reach out to her on socials and say hi!
Cort Freeman was born and raised in Metro Detroit. He was named Clarkston High School 2009 Class Clown 13 years after graduating. Totally normal thing to happen. That’s thanks to his time spent as an Intern at Comedy Central and Social Media Correspondent for The Colbert Report. Cort has done comedy across the country, both standing up and sitting down. When he’s not trying to make you laugh on-air and online, he’s probably at home enjoying his favorite shows like Seinfeld, South Park, and The Office. He’s also totally uncomfortable writing about himself in third person.
Nate is happily married, with a couple cats and his beloved husky Mabel. He’s a HUGE sports fan and grew up reading the back of old baseball cards to memorize stats and players so he could school everyone with his knowledge. He loves drinking beer and hanging with friends on a Friday night and enjoys movies, music and video games! He is especially into anything supernatural and even into the field of “cryptozoology” (look it up). Nate knew at a young age he wanted to do radio and official got his start in 2020 after graduating Specs Howards School of Media Arts! He joined the WRIF crew in 2023!