A Short Life Story
Turi Ryder spent years as a music jock in
Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
You may have heard Turi hosting her own talk
Chicago, KSTP Minneapolis,
KIRO Seattle, FreeFM San
Turi's current life-consuming projects are the
approaching publication of her fictionalized
memoir "She Said What?" by Tortoise Books in
2018, and creating a one-woman show drawn from
the book. You can hear her performing pieces of
it at live storytelling events and performance
spaces around Chicago.
Turi made the switch to talk radio and morning drive at KGW in Portland in 1989,
and ended up with a three-alarm-clock-two-thermos-of-coffee-a-day habit. From
there, Ryder spent three years at KSTP Minneapolis, then moved back to Chicago.
Anticipating the dotcom boom and bust by about four years, Ryder tumbled through
a series of short-lived stations. You could have heard her at WLS FM Chicago,
"The Zone" in Los Angeles, or KPIX FM in San Francisco, all in the space of two
After decompressing at KFI Los Angeles for awhile, Ryder decided that perhaps it
was wiser to seek stability on the domestic front. She created the
"Turi Ryder's Exception to the Rule" humor feature on domestic life
for the CBS radio network for six years, as well
as hosting the live syndicated radio show,
"America Weekend." She also creates
imaging and promotions for Bloomberg Radio.
Turi and her husband live in Chicago, with their
two teen-age boys and various adopted pets.
Since Ryder has made much fun of people who rave
about the joys of motherhood, she'll skip
straight to the part where she admits that about
twice a day on good days, and twice an hour on
bad ones, she considers selling her two
delightful children for a scandalous sum of
money and living the rest of her life without
ever again cleaning a viscous substance out of a
Blackhawks lunchbox. Those moments are why she
decided to write "She Said What?".
Turi also has a small advertising agency specializing in political spots, writes
the occasional humor piece for publication, and has edited two books on talk