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Spartan Beat

Rico Beard | Host

The Spartan Beat with Rico Beard is the #1 source for Michigan State sports and recruiting news/information.

LIVE 12:00 - 1:00 PM



The #1 source for Michigan State sports and recruiting news and information. As one of the most connected media personalities in the state, Rico’s information and insights into every aspect of the Spartan football and basketball programs is second to none. His daily show is “must see” radio for every Spartan fan (and many Wolverine fans too).

Listen to the show on-demand via your favorite podcast platforms, including Spreaker, iTunes, iHeart Radio, Spotify, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Meet Rico

Rico is a Detroit native and former co-host of “The Ryan and Rico Show” for Detroit Sports 105.1 and also a former co-host on “The Drive with Jack” in Lansing. Rico is an MSU alumnus, Heisman Trophy voter, and a contributing writer for He has worked in the media for over two decades covering not only Michigan State, but also all of the Detroit pro teams and even the University of Michigan. He has worked in television in Detroit (Fox2) and Lansing (Fox47) and has covered 9 Final Fours, 3 Stanley Cups, 2 NBA Finals, 5 college football bowl games and 2 World Series. On the Spartan Beat with Rico Beard, Rico is your #1 source for Michigan State sports and recruiting news and information. When not on the air, you can find Rico on the sidelines of the top HS football and basketball games in the state, and on Saturdays in the Fall, he’s on the sidelines at Spartan stadium proudly displaying his Flavor Flav sized Spartan head necklace.