Rantel was born and raised a stonesthrow from the Atlantic shores
in Winthrop, Massachusetts before moving to Fort Lauderdale, FL
when he was 16. At 18, he headed to the waterless terrain at Oklahoma
State University to study TV, Radio and Film. Al acquired practical,
hands-on radio experience at two college campus stations and was
hired to run the operation board at Miami's all-News WINZ AM 940
after graduating from OSU in 1977. He later became news producer
and anchor at WINZ, then moved to Los Angeles where he worked
as a newswriter for KNX AM 1070.
returned to South Florida in 1979 to host the afternoon show at
WNWS AM 790. His talk show soared to the number one position over
a nine-year period. He was also the station's program director
for three years.
In 1991, Al hosted Miami's WFTL AM 1400 afternoon show and joined
the SuperTalk Network after the station had been purchased by
Clear Channel Communications. After the takeover in 1997, Al's
show moved to mornings.
Back on the West Coast and a Westside homeowner, Al dedicates
his time to exercising, feeding his sport-car fetish, and Internet
surfing to stay "in the know." He likes to search for
the interesting stories that don't always get reported and raise
topics with cutting-edge appeal.
A "chat room" host he is not. "I like to challenge
listeners, not be a switchboard operator answering calls,'' Al
He challenges listeners to think but does so with a humorous delivery.
Al has created a dynamic and entertaining platform for his 35-54-year-old
listeners and an open forum for lively discussion accompanied
with a high dose of levity. "You have to be a well-rounded
person to be a talk show host,'' Al says. "I believe that
people want someone who is real-even if they don't agree with
Al prefers opposition to agreement and believes that calm confrontation
makes for an exciting and active show. Listeners wanting to deliver
opinions without feedback, may have better luck dialing the station's
comment line. Al seeks interaction, activity and stimulating conversation
with his listeners-anything else, would be too ordinary.