Eric Ricks was born in Chicago in 1949. He graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in 1989, where he received a BA in Computer Science and was a DJ at WZRD. He is an avid music collector and has been a DJ at WNUR since 1999. He hosts a weekly jazz show, "Classical and Beyond," and "R&B Flashback," a show he created in 2001. He likes playing acoustic percussive instruments and his Farfisa organ.