Published on Friday, 20 August 2010 11:45
A pair of well-known names who both worked at Emmis Radio in Chicago have started a new business together. Former WKQX-FM morning co-host David Ball and former WLUP midday host Erin Carman have formed the company, "Ruff Times."
Ruff Times is a new professional dog walking company for busy Chicago dog owners. The company website claims to offer local pet owners "an over the top friendly and caring dog walking service at a beyond fair price." The company offer 20 minute dog walks or 20 minute dog runs, but at exceptionally low prices. The service is set up to be extremely easy to work with -- owners looking for some quick love & exercise for their pooches can simply call or email the company and get a quick response time. Find out more about Ruff Times at this link HERE
Ruff Times' President, Erin Carman should be best known to Chicago audiences as DJ on The Loop for just under four years, between 2005 and 2009. She started out as a weekender at the station and soon after became the midday host. For a short while before that, she was also part of Mancow's Q101 morning show, who was given the name of "Heather" while on the air with him. Additionally, Carman was a host on the Discovery Channel's "Garage Takeover" reality television show. Last year, Erin Carman had a highly-regarded talk show tryout on WGN-AM. She has always been a dog lover and is a supporter of the Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue Foundation.
Ruff Times' co-founder, David Ball was the "Man on the Street" for Q101's innovative & ambitious "The Morning Fix" radio experiment. The former Second City member was with the show from September 2006 through November 2007, when Emmis Communications laid off the entire large cast, except for two hosts. Ball also was a Promotions Manager for both WKQX-FM & WLS-AM, as well as being a freelance segment host for WLS-TV, LX-TV & CLTV. He most recently has been working for a private marketing company.
Fans of David Ball's will also be happy to know that the funny man recently completed his first-ever dramatic role in a short film called "Ms Taken." It also stars yet another former Emmis Radio employee, one-time Loop Rock Girl, April Rose. You can see the short film at this link HERE
The Ruff Times company is not the first project together for David Ball and Erin Carman. The duo happily began a life-long project last summer, when the two were married.