This is part two of a terrific and fun interview. (Catch part 1 at this link!) You really do need to listen in on this as Rick talks about Cambodia, his philanthropic work and his passion for global change, music and making a difference. He is without a doubt one of the nicest and friendliest people I know.
Campanelli was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario; he is the youngest of four siblings.He was first introduced to the MuchMusic viewers in 1996 as the winner of MuchMusic‘s 1994 MuchTemp contest. Originally nicknamed “The Temp” (or, famously, “Rick the Temp“), Campanelli’s boyish charm, personality and laid-back approach made him an instant favourite among Much viewers.
Campanelli has since been labeled “The Franchise” for his long tenure and high popularity while on MuchMusic. He was a MuchMusic video jockey, co-host of Much on Demand: Primetime, writer of The MuchMusic Countdownand co-host of The MuchMusic Radio Countdown. He also appeared briefly in the comedy Superstar.
He was subsequently announced as one of the reporters for ET Canada, a new Canadian licensee of Entertainment Tonight, which was launched on September 12, 2005. Campanelli is involved with several charitable organizations including World Vision, Tuberous Sclerosis, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, McMaster Children’s Hospital, and Kids Help Phone.
On May 27, 2009, he hosted the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative in Toronto.