Dick has been a staple of Tampa Bay Area broadcasting
for better than four decades. For more than 35 years he has been
sports director at both the NBC affiliate (19 years - WFLA-TV)
and before that at the then ABC affiliate (16 years - WTSP-TV).
He has also worked extensively in radio and was best known as
part of the Q Morning Zoo on Q105 Radio.
His sports broadcasting also included several
years with NASCAR’s Motor Racing Network and 17 years doing
the radio broadcasts for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also served
as stadium announcer and television broadcaster for the Tampa
Crippen’s work has taken him around
the country as he broadcast the Unlimited Hydroplane Circuit
on ESPN for ten years and is currently associated with the APBA
Offshore Racing Circuit. He has also done a drag boat series,
the 12 hours of Sebring, motorcycle racing and is host of Boattest
Reports that just recently moved from Speedvision to the Outdoor
He has been an integral member of the Super
Bowl Task Force that landed three Super Bowls for Tampa Bay and
has also been part of the birth of NFL Football, NASL Soccer,
NHL Hockey and Major League Baseball in Tampa Bay. His job in
sports took him to ten Super Bowls as well as Final Four’s;
Sugar, Orange and Fiesta Bowls; years of Florida/Florida State
match-ups and several World Series. He was named Florida Sportscaster
of the Year four times in the 90’s by the National Sporstcasters
and Sportswriters Association.
Dick is currently Executive Director of Community
Development for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and also heads up their
Rays of Hope Foundation. He serves on eight board of directors
including the St. Petersburg YMCA; PARC (Pinellas Association
for Retarted Children); United Way of Tampa Bay; Florida Blood
Services; CASA; Pinellas Education Foundation; and the Salvation
Army Advisory Board. He is also a lifetime member of the board
for the Suncoast Ronald MacDonald Houses and serves on the Board
of Counselors at the University of Tampa and the President’s
Council at the University of South Florida.
and wife Penny, reside in St. Petersburg.
The station's ( CH 10 WTSP ) weatherman, veteran
Tampa Bay broadcaster Dick Crippen, was designated to take over
the time period. The new show "Space Station," was
hosted by 'Commander Astro' (Crippen). Dick Crippen says "It
was interesting because we were closely tied with WLCY Radio
at the time and it was 'king' over all Tampa Bay. A lot of the
WLCY air personalities would come on the show and ad-lib. In
fact, the whole thing was ad-lib right down to a talking rock.
It was wild and I have to admit, a lot of fun!"