Preparing for Uncertainty – From Politics to Public Radio with Ken Ard

Preparing for Uncertainty – From Politics to Public Radio with Ken Ard

In this episode of The Retirement Remix Podcast, host Chip Munn, CEO of Signature Wealth Group and Senior Wealth Advisor with RJFS connects with Ken Ard, former Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina and current radio host on Wake Up Carolina.



Ken was elected to the Florence County Council in 2004. Four years later, he was elected chairman of the Florence County Republican Party. In 2010, Ken was elected Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. His future in politics seemed bright, but in 2012 he resigned from office. As it turns out, there’s a big difference between running the finances of a campaign and running the finances of a family business.

Having left public service, Ken embraced exploring new options and how he could re-invent his life and career.

Five months later, Ken launched a new career as a talk radio show host on Live 95 WFRK (95.3 FM) in Florence, South Carolina. Teamed with Dave “The Rev” Baker on the “Wake Up Pee Dee” show, the pair were so successful that in May 2019 the show was relaunched as “Wake Up Carolina” and expanded to the Sumter radio market on WDXY, 1240 AM, and 105.9 FM.

He’s also part of a development company doing work in downtown Florence, and in particular at the property at Kress Corner. There’s an old expression—“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” It’s a cliché that happens to ring true with Ken. 

Tune in to episode three of The Retirement Remix now to hear Chip and Ken dive deeper into:

  • How being raised by a parent that doesn’t follow the traditional 9-5 career model, and how that impacts your future.
  • Why identifying some of your talents, and how you enjoy spending your time can be the ultimate way to improve your career path and your productivity.
  • Ken being consistently encouraged by his father to push himself and embrace a different path that, while carries risk, can also be a source of great reward and fulfillment.
  • The process of deciding you are ready for a change and finding a new career adventure that focuses on what gets you excited – looking beyond the salary. 


The goal of The Retirement Remix Podcast is to engage in real conversations with real people about how we actually retire.

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Source: Chip Munn, Award Winning Advisor https://onwallstreet.financial-planning.com/slideshow/top-10-regional-advisors-under-40  *Each year On Wall Street ranks the highest-producing advisers in wealth management who are under 40. Several hundred candidates were considered and 10 were chosen to receive the award. Finalists had to be no older than 39 as of Dec. 31, 2015 and be employed at a major, leading regional brokerage firm. Trailing 12-month production as of 9/30/15 is then used to compile the ranking. AUM may also be taken into account. The ranking may not be representative of any one client’s experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of advisor’s future performance. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. On Wall Street is not affiliated with Raymond James.


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