Dick Summer; “Mouth vs Ear”, 97.1 WYNY New York | January 1979

Dick SummerDick Summer has become a good friend to us here at Airchexx and its always great when he sends in something REALLY special. This time, we’re back in New York, at 30 Rock and the studios of WYNY “New York 97″.

The control room is packed for another exciting edition of “Mouth vs Ear”. Dick said, “The Mouth (my friends and I) always won because we cheated”. And… they say that at the start. Now, this is WAY better than Jeopardy. And Dick Summer is BETTER than Alex Trebeck. Of course, radio is the theater of the mind, therefore you don’t have or need visual props to make you think– which you MUST do if you’re going to beat the mouth, which of course, few do because…

altogether now..

WE CHEAT!

Barry Manilow calls in about midway through this, and even HE couldn’t beat the Mouth.

Arguably one of the best parts of any radio show I’ve heard, success wrought swift action by station management. Actually, I think Dick said it best when he sent the file:

…It pulled the best ratings on the station, so the PD cancelled it. “People come to us expecting music” he said. Radio logic.

Quite.

And we wonder why the FM dial today is filled with a dozen stations playing Rhianna in every city… Nevermind.

This is GREAT! And so funny! If you don’t listen, you’re missing out. And if you’re from Boston, remember that Dick Summer did Mouth vs Ear nights on WBZ back in the ‘good ‘ol days’.
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Steve West

Airchexx Webmaster, Radio DJ, News Anchor, producer and resident geek.

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5 Responses

  1. David says:


    I remember WYNY from this period, including Dick Summer’s show on that station, but I had forgotten about the “Mouth vs. Ear” segment thereof. (I do remember the “Summer Secret Sneaky Sound” call-in segment (in which callers had to guess what the mystery sound, if you will, was) (which he also had on WNBC well into its first stint as an AC station).)

  2. bud janssen says:


    i worked nights 1979 to 1982 and we listend to mouth and ears instaed of working

  3. bud janssen says:


    left wrong email on previous coment

  4. Deborah says:


    I remember listening to “Mouth vs ear” in the late 70′s ESP ’79′ My husband & I would stay up as long as we could stay awake and try to come up with answers. I really enjoyed it and miss it!

  5. vinnie lucido says:


    Ah, memories. Back in New Jersey after a first date we went back to her place. Low lights, candles and Mouth vs Ear on the radio.

    There was just something unique and special about listening to someone on the radio. It gave a feeling that we were not alone and we were sharing the night with friends.

    I have never forgotten that night or how much I enjoy good talk radio.

    I think our culture is missing out by not having access to this kind of entertainment.

    Thanks for the memories, Dick Summer….I am sorry I am not better at communicating what an impact your show had on me.

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