Movie Star Rosati
Returns Home to Spin Tunes
If you're an avid viewer of television, then you already know recording artist
and TV host Richie Rosati. Rosati has been acting and hosting TV for numerous
The South Philadelphia native has had many acting roles throughout his career.
He has appeared on hit sitcoms such as "Who's The Boss", "Dynasty", and many
others that you can find listed on his resume.
Rosati is now hosting TV for NJN Television Channel 23 PBS and can be seen this
month in Clear Channel Radio's My 1061 FM TV Commercial, which is airing on all
major TV networks. He has also been featured recently on “Good Morning America”.
Rosati grew up in a Roman Catholic, Italian, musical family and recently moved
back to South Philadelphia on Ritner Street.
He attended the Girard Academic Music Program HS in Philadelphia (GAMP). After
graduation, he attended college at Philadelphia University. Rosati left
Philadelphia to live and work in Hollywood after college. Rosati moved out to
L.A. with friends Linda and Louis Porcarelli, where he was signed by The David
Wilder Agency at Universal Studios. Acting in Hollywood by day, Rosati continued
promoting his music career at night. He met his first record producer, George
Reich, while he was pushing song demos on dance club DJs at various Hollywood
Rosati said, "I would take acting roles in the day, and then at night push my
demo tape on club DJs. I was throwing several matches at once, so to speak,
hoping one would erupt into a huge flame. I knew I had to keep pushing if I
wanted to succeed somewhere in this business. You can't just stop. And you can't
listen to the people who say it's impossible."
George Reich is credited with discovering Rosati musically. Reich and Rosati met
at a dance club called Mom's in Hollywood. They began recording studio sessions
at George's Hollywood studio on a song titled "Fast & Nasty Girl", Rosati's
first record, which Reich liked from Rosati's demo.
Rosati said, "I really didn't have a clue back then as to what I was doing. I
really didn't know much about the technical side of it all but I forced myself
to learn fast."
Both Reich and Rosati began shopping the song to Los Angeles and New York City
record labels and DJs. Hollywood DJs started playing the song right away. The
demo caught the attention of DJ Vinny Lombardi in Rosati's hometown
Philadelphia. Lombardi was a DJ for WPWT FM Dance Radio and the first DJ to ever
spin Rosati's single on the air.
Rosati's talent agency relocated their offices to New York City a year later,
and Rosati and his friends traveled back East as well. "It was perfect timing.
My friends wanted to go back East, and my agency moved their offices to New
York, so I felt I needed to be where my agent could still promote me."
While using the streets of New York now as his promotional ground, Rosati met
and began working with another record producer named Rob Federici. Federici
reproduced Rosati's single commercially so commercial radio stations would add
Once completed, the commercial version of “Fast & Nasty” made it onto the
airwaves of Philly's most popular dance radio station at that time WIOQ-Q102 FM.
From the airplay Rosati received on Q102, Rosati was offered an international
distribution deal with Universal Records Distribution. Other US stations started
airing the song as well.
Rosati said, "I felt relieved. Going back East turned out to be a good move. I
not only had my first record airing on commercial radio, but it was during this
time that I landed a part in a film titled ‘Home Of Angels’ with Sherman (George
Jefferson) Hemsley, Abe Vigoda, and Joe Frazier. I remember while doing the
film, groups of young kids who were fans of my song would hang out on the set.
The director of the film didn't know much about me, or that I had a song airing
on the radio, until all of these kids showed up asking me to sign copies. It was
very surreal to me."
Rosati then recorded his second single, "Metropolis", with Federici, which
caught the attention of Henry Stone and Paul Klein, owners of HOT International
Records, who had discovered KC and The Sunshine Band. They paired Rosati and
Federici with added Producer Bobby "L.A." LaSerra. HOT Records released several
versions of "Metropolis" worldwide. Rosati said, "Since I wasn't under an
exclusive contract with my previous distributor, I was able to work with two
labels at once."
Rosati commented, "I tortured Paul and his crew every day. I would call and ask
how they were promoting the song and come up with all kinds of marketing ideas
for them. Since I consider myself to be a good marketer, I just couldn't sit
back and do nothing. I had to put my two cents in everywhere, every day. I was a
real pain but they loved me for it."
Rosati's current single is a dance song titled "Take Me", which was recorded in
2007 and is being released this month. Also releasing internationally this month
are remixes of Rosati's "Inside Your Love" and "Metropolis".