radio path took him to WREB in Holyoke, WSPR in Springfield, and
a midnight to dawn stint on WPRO in Providence. Then, in 1963, it
was across town to WHIM where Dick worked as program director under
station manager Richard D. Buckley. The money was certainly better
- $190 a week - but the charm faded abruptly nine weeks later when
Buckley-Jaeger sold the station. Fortunately Buckley offered him
a job in Hartford so Dick, and his wife Sally, uprooted once again.
The 8PM-1AM shift on WDRC AM/FM (everything was simulcast
in those days) became the Dick Robinson Company, or "DRC on DRC."
Nighttime ratings were in double digits (average 60 shares) and
Dick was embroiled in fierce competition with cross-town rival Ken
Griffin at WPOP.
exciting sounds of British rock and roll were finding their way
across the Atlantic Ocean. Dick recalled, "I was in the right
place, on the right job, at the right time. We were in the break-out
area for new record releases and we released them all, even if we
had to pick them up at Kennedy International Airport when the latest
Rolling Stones' and Beatles' hits arrived by overseas jet."
Each night he cooked up a Big D Late Late Show bit that involved
puns on show biz celebrities appearing in mythical movies on Channel
1360; these were punctuated by whacky sound effects from engineer
Bob Coe (who also appeared from time to time as man-on-the-street
reporter Humble Harvey Humble). Among the tools of Dick's trade
was a never-ending supply of Lone Ranger and Tonto jokes. Dick regularly
greeted Funline request-makers with "Hey Keemosabee."
January 1965 Dick began hosting a weekly Saturday Night House Party
and in April he instituted a nightly Big D Shindig every
night from 8 till 9, keying on the popular ABC-TV show of the same