Huff, Rick

Rick Huff

rick huffEducation

Practical working experience through broadcasting with most music genres.

Theatre major, non-degreed
University of Albuquerque

Music Background

  • Executive Vice President, Western Music Association
  • Music Reviewer & Columnist, Western Music Association
  • Member, Academy of Western Artists
  • Past Board member, Opera Southwest
  • Past Board member, Music Theatre Southwest
  • Member, Academy of Western Arts

Administrative Background

  • Operations Manager, KPAR-FM
  • Production Director, KDEF-FM
  • Editor-at-Large, OpenMic New Mexico magazine
  • Founder, Some Stuff From Huff
  • Lifetime Achievement award, New Mexico Advertising Federation
  • Recipient of more than 200 Addy Awards, New Mexico Advertising Federation
  • Professional member, Western Writers of America

City of Residence


Commission term

expired May 6, 2018 ~ continues to serve until resignation or termination by the governor


GENERAL: Editor-at-Large of OpenMic New Mexico magazine. Wrote and produced the audio narration for the opening ceremony of the Albuquerque Tricentennial. Wrote the theme music and Americana sections of “Viva New Mexico!” — a multicultural music pageant for Noberta Fresquez.

WESTERN: Known as the principle western music reviewer in the United States. Life Member of the Western Music Association (WMA) and Member of the Academy of Western Artists (AWA); Director of the WMA’s 2005 International Music Festival in Albuquerque; WMA board member since 2004; writer of the broadcasting column in the WMA’s national magazine The Western Way; also columnist for Cowboy Troubador and Classic Country & Western Music and contributor to Rope Burns, the official publication of the AWA; producer/co-producer of five CDs including “The Best Of New Mexico Western: Big Surprises From Behind The Chile Curtain!” and radio shows “Song & Story With Hi Busse” and “The Best Of The West Revue.” The voice of

COUNTRY & ACOUSTIC: Helped start the original “Real Country Real Western 101.3 The Range;” hosted and judged the Colgate Country Showdown (state & district levels); judged this category in the New Mexico State Music Commission’s competition during the 2005 and 2006 New Mexico State Fair; and have been connected with the Albuquerque Folk Festival since its founding.

NATIVE AMERICAN: Worked with and announced for the Mathews family and their “Gathering Of Nations” since its beginning, 12-year member of the Miss Indian World Committee. Wrote for The Pueblo Journal on music and other subjects; also wrote for Indian Education Today.

MARIACHI: Worked with and announced for Noberta Fresquez’s “Mariachi Spectacular” and “A Mariachi Christmas” since their beginnings. Wrote for (and helped stage) touring production “Viva New Mexico.”

CLASSICAL: Board member of Opera Southwest (OSW) for three seasons, performer in two operettas and director of OSW production “Susannah” at the Kimo Theater; board member of Musical Theater Southwest; announcer/producer for KHFM radio, narrated “Peter & The Wolf” with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Played the lead comic role in OSW’s production of “The Merry Widow” in March/April, 2006.

OTHER MUSIC & FORMATS: Created the state’s first Soul/Funk & Jazz radio station; worked in Heavy Metal, Top-40, Big Band and Adult Contemporary radio formats. Serves on the board of Musical Theatre Southwest and played the part of Franklin Roosevelt in MTS’ production of “Annie.” In 1978 founded (and still runs) Some Stuff From Huff, a Radio/TV Commercial Production service and in 1999 was awarded the New Mexico Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal for lifetime achievement.