Known as the Wild I-tralian, Dick Biondi began his
broadcasting career in Corning, New York at station WCBA. Biondi
spent two years with WKBW/Buffalo before moving to WLS/Chicago in
Thanks to WLS powerful 50,000-watt signal and his own exuberant
personality, Biondi quickly became one of the nations top
disc jockeys. His show introduced rock and roll to listeners in
nearly 40 states and parts of Canada as well. His own fame led to
his recording a novelty record, On Top of a Pizza, which
sold over 11,000 copies.
In 1963, Biondi left Chicago for KRLA/Los Angeles. The following
year, he joined the Mutual Broadcasting System for a syndicated
program heard on over 125 stations. During this time, he launched
the Dick Biondi Road Show, bringing young acts to local schools
throughout Southern California.
Biondi returned to Chicago in 1967 for a five-year stint at WCFL/Chicago
and headed to South Carolina in 1973 for a decade at WNMB/North
Myrtle Beach. Biondi returned to Chicago once more in 1984 to help
launch WJMK, the oldies station where he is still heard six days
Dick Biondi was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1998.
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