BY BUDDY NEVINS
Rick Seiderman, a radio host on WFTL-AM when that station had round-the-clock Broward-oriented talk shows, has died.
It is believed Seiderman was in his late 60s or 70.
No cause of death was available and services had not been set as of Monday afternoon.
Seiderman lived in Parkland. In addition to his broadcasting career, he had been a stockbroker and an activist in the Republican Party.
Seiderman was one of the talk hosts who made WFTL-1400 AM a short-lived Broward institution. From the 1980s to the mid-1990s, WFTL was a staple of local political news and interviews.
“Rick Seiderman helpled drive the radio station,” remembered Norm Kent, a lawyer and a top-rated morning host. “He drove liberals like me nuts, but he helped drive the station.”
Hosts like Joyce Kaufman, Al Rantel, Steve Kane, Kent and Seiderman lit up the airwaves.
“We were the place for Broward politics,” Kent said. “All the candidates and politicians were on.”
Former WFTL program director Kane said Seiderman fit right in.
”He was a strong conservative voice. He was very entertaining,” Kane recalled. “He understood the show business part of it. He was politically incorrect, which we loved.”
One of the best features of the station was the when Seiderman stayed after the end of his show to share the start of the Al Rantel Show. The banter between the conservative Seiderman and the liberal Rantel made great radio.
Rantel went on to success on a Los Angeles radio station.
“People loved that crossover hour, said Pat Hurley, a former broadcaster on WFTL. “Rick was beloved by all of us at the station. He was a big thinker of big ideas.
In addition to WFTL, Seiderman had stints on WIOD-AM and other local stations.
Seiderman relished clashing with liberals on air, loudly and outrageously attacking them.
“With his overbearing, bombastic personality, he became a presence on the air,” said Kent.
One of Seiderman’s favorite targets was immigration and immigrants.
Seiderman really was a conservative true believer.
After leaving radio, Seiderman continued broadcasting on the Internet. His site remained active Monday with the following statement: “May this site live on, Rick, as just one of countless reminders for those who loved you.
I knew Seiderman. He was happy to share his contacts in the Republican Party when I worked at the Sun-Sentinel.
He helped set up my first interview with Jeb Bush, when Bush was contemplating running for governor in the early 1990s.
Seiderman was an a larger-than-life, effective spokesman for his causes. He will be missed by many.