During his 50 year career in radio, Dick Summer the DJ has been heard on many of America’s top radio stations and his voice has been heard in commercials on just about every radio and TV station in the country.
After stints in cities like Albany, St. Louis, and Indianapolis, Dick’s Summer’s career took off when he landed the overnight slot at WBZ, 1030 AM in Boston. WBZ was the first radio station in the U.S. to receive a commercial broadcast license and arguably it is one of the most powerful radio stations in the country.
WBZ’s radio towers are literally on the beach of the Massachusetts East Coast. Since fish don’t have radios, WBZ beams their entire, 50,000 watt signal concentrated in a westward semi-circle pattern magnifying their effective power.
Granted “clear channel status” by the FCC means that the 1030 AM frequency belongs exclusively to WBZ after sunset. This allows the station’s signal to extend outward for thousands of miles up and down the east coast and across the country. Dick Summer’s “Night Light Show” was heard nightly in 36 states and often even beyond that.
Dick Summer ruled the night, all up and down the east coast and across the country until WBZ switched to a news/talk radio format in 1966.
Dick Summer quickly moved up New York City, the big apple of all radio markets. He landed first on WNEW 660 AM. Over the next quarter century he was heard on WNBC, WYNY, WPIX, WPLJ and the NBC Radio Network before moving on to the Chicago in the early 1990s.
After leaving Chicago, Dick moved to the Philadelphia area and started Dick Summer Productions. He has voiced and produced national radio and TV commercials for national brands like Ford, Wonder Bread, 7-Up, Hartford Insurance, Resolve Carpet Cleaner, and most recently the commercials for Binder & Binder and Rep for Vets.
Dick has also written a book and produced a series of CDs all of which are available here on this site
If you are too young, or were off the planet, or just too far away like in China or somewhere and want to hear what Dick Summer sounded like as a DJ, then you are in luck. There are recordings called Airchecks of Dick Summer when he was on WBZ in the 1960s and in New York City in the 1970s. Go to Airchexx.com. Also check out this of Dick Summer on WNBC on YouTube.