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Dick Summer

A firm believer in radio’s power to unite, on-air personality Dick Summer has connected with people everywhere across America, from Indianapolis (WIBC and WISH), to St. Louis (WIL) to New York (WNEW, WPLJ) and Boston (WBZ, WMEX) and has worked alongside such names as Don Imus, Cousin Brucie and Wolfman Jack.

New England audiences know Summer best for his mid-’60s stint at WBZ, where in addition to working the overnight shift, he hosted a Sunday folk music show at the Unicorn Coffee House. The show morphed into “Dick Summer’s Subway,” and Summer became one of the city’s first DJs to play OrpheusUltimate Spinach and the Beacon Street Union.

A true renaissance man, Summer has also worked as a hypnotherapist, earned his pilot’s license, and published five books of poetry (the Lovin’ Touch series). Though no longer in commercial radio (as Summer himself once put it, “Radio changed. I didn’t. And won’t.”), Summer serves as Communications Director for Binder and Binder Social Security Disability Advocates and blogs, posts podcasts regularly and sells his spoken word recordings (“personal audios”) at www.dicksummer.com
(by Stephen Haag)