We had the good fortune of connecting with Torri Hughes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Torri, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Ready! I was ready. I knew I was getting into a genre where not too many had an actual “network” at that time in 2009. So in 2009, all the plans were in place, and we launched in 2010. I knew there was a good chance it would not work, but also an equally good chance that it would.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve always been a creative person. All types of wild ideas would come to me. So I got into Professional Wrestling, where I could write the storylines and “book” the show, so to speak. It gave me the chance to express my creativity thru the true stars of the show, the wrestlers. I have had the chance to work with many superstars who are currently in WWE and some that were in TNA (now Impact) today. That didnt work out, but it was all for the better, as it prepared me mentally for this. When I started Ripped Radio Network, I wanted to incorporate some of that wild, unpredictability into the network. Radio was so boring, really no OVER THE TOP personalities, you had your Howard Stern’s and a few others, but that was it. Internet Radio was even worse. I wanted charismatic personalities, people that those listening or watching could not turn away from. Whether you agreed or disagreed, you tuned in. It’s so funny now to see many shows/networks adapting a business style I feel I set the trend for. Personality over Experience.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am not that much of an outgoing person, or even a people person to be honest. I do like people, but you wont see me hanging out much at all. When I do, I love cities like Miami, warm, good energy and everyone looking to have a good time. Washington, DC (where we are based) is so small, that nothing is really “new” or different…a good bar is where you will find me whenever I go out
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I really have to give credit to my first co-host, when we were just ‘Ripped Radio’ the show, way back in 2006. 4 Star General (who remains one of my best friends to this day) and Mani (one of the realest people I have met). We started this in the basement, literally, and it was just for fun, then we realized we can make this bigger, so we went all in! I also want to give credit to one of the Pro Wrestlers I worked with, Alex Lunar, who started ‘Rage Radio Network’ and actually made me aware of Internet Radio and asked if I wanted to be part of it. Folks in the Internet Radio/Podcasting game today have it so easy, compared to back then when it was in its infancy, to see folks complain about it now is so funny to me, wonder how they would’ve dealt with it back in 2006 lol
Other: Download the Ripped Radio Network app in your app store! Search “Ripped Radio”!