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Dick Summer & the Nightlite Show, WBZ Radio 103 Boston | August, 1964

Dick SummerNow, from the 50kw Boston blowtorch reaching 38 states, Dick Summer‘s legendary night show on mid-60s WBZ!

The history of WBZ is a long, storied one reaching back to the beginnings of commercial broadcasting. Only the second licensed station in the US (although not in it’s inevitable form), WBZ was generally a pop station, first in the golden age of radio (pop in the respect that it ran the popular programs and music of the day, having been a part of the NBC ‘Red’ network in the 40s), and later, as Boston’s second top 40 station, lasting until 1966.

Smack in the middle of WBZ’s top 40 era was Dick Summer. He ruled the nighttime airwaves in Boston and all up and down the eastern seaboard until the station shifted to nighttime talk in the late 60s. Summer’s ‘Nightlife’ show was a mix of music and mystique, as you’ll hear in this aircheck. There were, of course, the top hits of the day with a generous dose of ‘oldies’ from the 50s and earlier in the 60s decade, but Summer adds in some strange radio dramas and talks about men from Mars… the stuff that certainly would fit today’s “Coast to Coast AM with George Noory” ((C) Premier Radio Networks).

Strangely enough, there are no snappy WBZ jingles, few commercials and one frequent PSA about Systic Fibrosis. This show, at least on this tape, is very much just Dick Summer and a stack of records. Fun and interesting listening for those who remember the early to mid-60s.

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180 Responses

  1. Helen Faught says:

    I vividly remember Dick Summer in early 60’s Indianapolis. I was 12 in 1962, when I started listening to him on WISH radio. His show became my nightly must. I remember his signature sign off song, Summertime.
    I was so sad when, in January of ’63, he announced that he was leaving for Boston and would be on WBZ. Not long after, and to my heart-pounding delight, I discovered that I could get WBZ quite clearly at night. Those were, indeed, the days!

  2. Yarmouth Lew says:

    I remember Dick and the Nightlife Show from 1964-67 when I was stationed at New Hampshire Satellite Tracking Station in New Boston, N.H. I was an AP and worked security from 12-8 AM. I had to listen on a little transistor radio, but the show helped keep me awake. That and a lot of crappy coffee.

  3. Mike says:

    I remember Dick well. I also remember about his super hero the Venus Flytrap. I learned the one hen, two ducks from then.

  4. Art says:

    I remember Dick Summer late at night. He was the main proponent of the “Boston sound” with Ultimate Spinich and Orpheus.

    • Marie says:

      When I heard of Dave Maynard’s passing,it brought back so many wonderful memories of the 60’s back in Boston. Dick Summers!!Falling asleep with the radio under my pillow repeating,:on hen, two ducks, …..

      • Ken says:

        Your post gave me a smile and brought back similar fond memories of Dick’s mellow voice and the NightLife “Password.” Some 50 years later, it is still committed to memory.

  5. Bruce Arnold says:

    Thank you, Richard! There would have been no Orpheus without you!

    • Mel says:

      If there were more DJ’s like Dick at stations around the country, “Can’t Find The Time” would have been a #1 single.
      It was a huge hit in New England.

      I can still recall Dick playing Circus Maximus’ “The Wind” on his “Love and Touch” show. Very eclectic, but that was Dick!

      • Duncan Dewar says:

        I did,t realize Dick was responsible for Orpheus’ “Can’t Find The Time” (always loved the B side as well, “Leslie’s World”). How many realize in the same vein that Dave Maynard was the guy behind, Boney M’s, “Mary’s Boy Child”…which to this very day is one of the most popular & most played Xmas Songs.

    • Mark Lyon says:

      I remember when you and Jack were the Villagers, playing at The Carousel in Hyannis.

  6. Barb says:

    Tonight I saw Tom Rush. Seeing him in concert always makes me think of the first time I heard his voice. In the middle of the night on the Dick Summer Nightlife show. I hated high School, and as a way of denying that I was gonna have to go, I often stayed up all night listening. Loved it so much! One night, he talked about a young (16) songwriter from Canada and he was going to play a cover of one of her songs. The song was Joni Mitchell’s Urge For Going. Tom started with that unique intro-so compelling. I ran and got my sister and we were enthralled. Started a life-long love of this man’s work!! I think I got a lot of my ‘foundational’ music taste from Dick Summer and that wonderful radio show. Thanks, Dick!!!!!

  7. Harry says:

    I still remember a book cover that I got from a department store in the 60s. On it were: Carl DeSuze, Dave Maynard, Jay Dunne, Jefferson Kaye, Bruce Bradley, Bob Kennedy, and Dick Summer. That was the entire WBZ roundup in those days.

  8. Deb Sampson says:

    Dick Summer, WBZ, Joni Mitchell, Tom Rush, Ian and Silvia, Buffy ST Marie, Dick’s Poetry (I still have 2 of his books!). His show saved me from complete misery in my high school years…yes, the transistor radio under the pillow.

    • Steve Dorman says:

      I live in Winchester, VA from 64 to 69 and did the same thing you did, only my transistor radio had little head-phones, much like the ear pods kids use today. Dick Summer was just the coolest guy and a great broadcaster with great radio voice. He was so natural and easy going that you thought you were listening to friend.

      • C Lyman says:

        I guess I was just lucky. I lived in Tiverton RI and got a good strong signal from WBZ. Dick was one of the most intelligent “DJ”‘s of the time. It is almost wrong to call him a DJ since he did so much more and I thought of his program as “underground” style radio. Imagine if he had talk show facilities on his program and the chance to interact with his listeners. It would mean that he would have to integrate that with the way he was doing things to keep ti from becoming a pure talk show if it could be done at all. The comedy was at a much higher intellectual level than most of what was going down at the time, certainly the highest level I could find: And he kept it up all night, every night. I’ve never been able to look at a slice of meat between two pieces of bread the same way since then and “The Announcer’s Test” will ALWAYS be “1 Hen”

        • I’m at a time in life when a guy looks back to see what’s chasing him, and to check on if there are any smudges he might have left in passing. These notes say I can be grateful for having been around. Thank you. Dick Summer

          • Steve West says:

            The amazing thing about Dick Summer is, he can capture a thought and bring it to life so easily. Dick, you’re a master communicator, and the warmth in your heart comes across as genuine, no matter what medium or format you speak in. Everywhere I go where people remember you whether its Boston or New York, those who remember speak so fondly of you. You’re missed ’round these parts, sir!

          • Thanks Steve, and Happy New Year.

  9. Bob Prince says:

    I first heard Dick Summer on BZ when I was in college at the University of New Hampshire in the fall of 1964. He was my companion as I studied late into the night. In fact, he inspired me to get into radio at the student radio station and in 1965 I got a part time job at a local commercial station in the next town over(a 5000 watt station) and worked in radio for the next five years on weekends and summers. I have to also admit I copied some of Dick’s routines at times (sorry Dick). He will always be part of those days for me. A special time! And of course, he’s still out there on TV doing a commercial for a big national law firm. When I first heard it I knew immediately who it was. Thanks for the memories Dick!

  10. Karen Marks says:

    I was feeling a little blue the other day when I was suddenly transported back to my teen years (happier times, now that I’m a Senior Citizen). It was that cool voice on TV doing a voice over on a commercial for a law firm. Anyone who followed Nite Life could never forget “Girls Watching Boys”, the “Time Capsule”, “The Highwayman”, One Hen-Two Ducks-Three Squawking Geese…”. Those sultry tones had me swooning once more. I spent the summer (pun intended) of ’66 in Hull, Mass. & I camped out at the Sundeck Studio at Paragon Park. If Dickie was there, it was too late for me to be out, but it was my dearest wish to see him there with Dave Maynard, Juicy Brucie Bradley & Jefferson Kaye. But nothing beat Dick Summers lulling me to sleep each night from Soldiers’ Field all the way to my Wrentham pillowcase-hidden transister. I’m in love all over again! Hope you read this Dick. Thanks for being there for me, then and now!

  11. Alan Potts says:

    Irving the Second his pet Venus Flytrap.

    Trying to change the Sandwich to the Shrewsbury because the Earl of Sandwich stole the idea.
    Dick Summer’s Subway on Sunday nites (I think) playing “Underground Music”.
    My mother could never figure out why one of the buttons on the car radio was set to 1030
    The big rock and roll station in Philly (WIBG) cut their power at night and was hard to hear, but WBZ came in great

  12. I just came across this site, and I am knocked down by these comments. I loved those WBZ days and nights. I met my wife at WBZ. She was in charge of scheduling the commercials. I used to screw up intentionally sometimes just to get her to come in to the my lair…I mean the studio.

    She’s sitting on the couch across the room right now, looking prettier than ever.

    If you get a chance, check out the (free) podcasts at http://www.dicksummer.com/podcast I’d love to be able to get in touch with you. My email is [email protected]

    • Steve West says:


      We talked a long time ago. And you sent me some CDs containing some of your bedtime talk. Quite amazing, actually. I thought that you had sent one or two airchecks of your show on WBZ, including this one. At any rate, I am so glad you found the website. I am a big fan of your work and enjoyed listening to you on WBZ – as that was the only station my mom listened to back when you were on. You, Don Batting with news – it was so great! Later, I heard you on the old 97.1 WYNY. Such a class act.

      Thanks for dropping by!

      Steve West

    • anita sarko says:

      you were the BEST DJ i have EVER heard on the radio. I would listen to you late into the night, under my covers, in detroit. I’ve always used “one hen, 2 ducks” as my sound checks (i became a DJ) & the tech always looks at me dumbfounded (most recently on siriusxm). are there any recordings of your routines..especially the shrewsbury scandal? i used to know that by heart, but…alas…

  13. Nancy says:

    I just happened across this site. What great memories. I was watching one of the Doo Wop shows on public TV and Little Anthony was talking to Cousin Bruce, whom I didn’t know, (and I see others from other places have posted comments about him,) but it reminded me of Juicy Brucey Bradley, Dick Summer, and the gang at ‘BZ back in the 60’s. I lived in Cambridge and we listened to WBZ, WCOP and sometimes ‘MEX if we went to the beach (Revere) or at least out to Wellington Circle since it didn’t come in clearly in the city. But all night long it was Dick Summer and the NightLight show. Venus Flytrap, Theopolis Q. Waterhouse, and One Hen, Two Ducks, Three Squawking Geese… which I know entirely except for #6. Never could figure that one out. I see someone else has posted the words here, and I never would’ve guessed anything about sneakers.

    With my transistor under my pillow all night, sure used up a lot of batteries.

    My favorite poetry reading was on or around Halloween, going home on the MBTA bus, I heard Dick read “The Highwayman” the first time. Chills!

    Thanks for all these great comments!

  14. Radio will never be the same. Dick Summer, Dave, Larry Justis, Bruce Bradley, Larry Glick,
    Carl De-Whoo, Don Kent Gil Santos, Gary LaPierre, Guy? with “Calling All sports” Jerry Williams. Even Robin Young doing a female ‘loving touch’ weekend late show. I remember it all..but not enough. Thanks for this format to bring some of it back.
    BEst, XXX

    • Steve West says:

      All great jocks. Carl DeSuze did mornings from sometime in the early 60s (I don’t recall the exact year) till his retirement in 1980. Mornings were taken over by Dave Maynard, who had been doing afternoons since around 1974 when Larry Justice left. Maynard also hosted “Community Auditions”, a local Boston area talent show that pre-dated American Idol by about 40 years, on WBZ-TV 4. Calling All Sports started at 7pm at first, and then they backed it up to 6pm. The host was Guy Manella. Some years later, a guy by the name of David Brudnoy would do a call in talk show from 8 or 9 to midnight, followed by Larry Glick overnights. They called Glick “The Commander”. You gotta remember, WBZ did all this IN HOUSE. Nothing was syndicated whatsoever, with the exception of Paul Harvey News & Comment at noontime in the 1980s until his death sometime in the 90s. Westinghouse – the light bulb company – had one of the best broadcasting divisions of any corporate broadcaster out there in the 60s through the 80s. That includes RKO General. Not to take anything away from RKO, but their thing was mainly Top 40 and they had the Bill Drake connection in the early Top 40 years. Fantastic company. However, Westinghouse’s broadcast operations were mainly more MOR stations with a variety of quality programs that ranged from what you’d term Adult Contemporary these days, to news, talk and sports, and all of it with incredibly talented personalities who were encouraged to actually TALK in between records and had a free reign to talk about whatever subject they wanted with their own hand picked guests for interviews during their talk hours. WBZ Boston, KDKA Pittsburgh and a hand full of other powerful 50kw stations around the U.S. featured unique programming that was absolutely top notch for the entire time that Westinghouse Broadcasting was still its own company, before being bought out by CBS. I have to give kudos to CBS as far as it’s AMs in NYC and Boston. WCBS AM does a great job with the business side of news reporting, plus using its CBS 2 Meteorologists, especially Craig Allen. WINS is going to end up on FM at some point and CBS now has 101.9 FM where WFAN will be moving to in January. As for WBZ Boston, the same formatting concept that they used in their music days is essentially in place, with NEWS all day long, then the local talk show hosts from 6pm to 6am nightly. What a well run company and I STILL listen to WBZ quite often, especially in the morning on my way into work in Stratford, CT when I’m not listening to WCBS 880.

      You mentioned “Loving Touch”. Robin Young did that program and I think she went on to Television afterward. It really was a special program, way ahead of its time, as FM stations picked up on that concept for nighttime programming starting in the 80s (Delilah comes instantly to mind – and she made me want to puke). And never forget Dick Summer. Dick had probably the best ability to reach out and somehow personally touch his listeners. Summer was doing music at night before Guy Manella started doing Calling All Sports. Of course, Summer went on to 97.1 WYNY New York (WNBC’s FM station) and was prominent there for much of the mid to late 70s. Dick and I exchange emails from time to time. He lives in Florida and is a licensed pilot. Flies a Cessna and loves it. He sent me two custom CDs of ‘Pillow Talk’… yes, you can find them out there as he does sell those, and he’s an active voiceover talent. Dick Summer is the voice you hear on those Binder & Binder law firm TV ads. He’s a hell of a guy and I’d love to meet him in person one day.

      Bruce Bradley – yep, “Juicy Brucie” did Top 40 at WBZ in the early 60s – 1962 perhaps, and stayed for a few years before he, also, ended up in NYC. Bradley also was on WYNY for a time, before returning to WBZ for a long run mid-days in the 80s.

      Great comments about WBZ! What memories they evoke, as growing up my mom NEVER allowed the radio to be tuned to any other station, except occasionally to WSRS 96.1, which was doing Beautiful music at the time. Most AM/FM receivers at the time were pretty much deaf as a post to the FM signals, so there wasn’t much incentive for people outside of a metro area with high powered FMs to even bother tuning to the FM band. So WBZ was IT. WRKO was too directional and being 50 miles west of Boston in those days, WBZ was like a local, and WRKO was almost non existant even though both stations ran 50 KW.

      As some famous guy once said… “Thanks for the memories”.

    • Steve West says:

      I forgot to mention the news guys. Gil Santos was not only WBZ’s sportscaster, he was the broadcast voice for the New England Patriots for many years. Might still be, I don’t know since I don’t listen to NFL broadcasts on radio nor can I get WBZ-FM 98.5

      Gary LaPierre did morning news for over 30 years, the last 5 (at least 5) he did via ISDN line from Florida where he moved to retire. LaPierre had a Western Mass connection – he was from there, and WBZ tied into that in a few contests to send a lucky listener for a weekend getaway to North Adams or one of those far western Mass towns in the shadow of Mt. Greylock. WBZ’s influence was such that occasionally the weather guys, Don Kent, Bruce Schwogler, Barry Burbank or somebody would mention the snow falling in Florida, Mass (out on Rt. 2 which goes out to one of the high Berkshire mountain tops) while it was 45 degrees and raining in Boston. Another thing that really set WBZ apart from many other stations was it’s use of their TV meteorologists. In a strange twist of radio irony, WBZ talk show host Jordan Rich used to do weather reports ‘direct from the National Weather Service’ for Charlie Van Dyke in 1979 on WRKO. (You can hear an aircheck of that HERE.) I think the old WHDH Radio 85 used Harvey Leonard from WCVB TV 5 but I could be wrong on that. Nowadays its very common to not have a staff meteorologist at all except on the all-News stations, and where they do use one, its usually from a weather service, such as Accu-Weather or The Weather Channel.

  15. Peter says:

    Interesting I see the name Duncan Dewar above. I had an interview with him in Portsmouth NH circa 1979 when I was working breifly at WTSN Dover with Paul Leblanc. Not a pleasant place to work btw and I left to go back to WLAD Danbury

    • Bob Prince says:

      Peter, I worked at TSN in the 60’s while in college on the weekends for Paul LeBlanc. I know he could be hard to work for but so long as you followed his rules and showed up on time (sometimes I was late) he was cool. I learned a lot from him. Remember Dick Ring? Don’t know if he was there in 79…but he ended up in FL where I met up with him two years ago. He made it to a 50,000 watt station in Tampa. The big time. Just retired. Hope you made it.

  16. Bob Prince says:

    Dick Summer. Wow! I first started listening when I was in college at UNH back in the 60’s, especially when I got a spot at the student radio station, WUNH, which led to a part-time job with a local 5000 watt station in a nearby town (WTSN – somebody mentioned the program director there, Paul LeBlanc…not really a bad guy, just made sure you were a pro on the air and that made you good). I worked there on weekends through my college years and in the summer filling in when the full time guys took time off. I also worked at a station in Laconia (WEMJ) in ’66 at the time of the infamous Weirs Beach riots and made a few “beepers” for stations like KDKA and also WBZ and a few others. When KDKA called and I finished saying “this is Bob Prince in Laconia” the guy at the other end wanted to know what the hell I was doing there. At the time I didn’t know that there was another Bob Prince who was also the announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I was just a kid after all. Anyway, back to Dick Summer. At the college station, a lot of us used to try and copy him in the way that he used to finish sentences with songs..I did even at the commercial stations I worked at. He was an inspiration to many of us at college stations and younger guys at small commercial stations too. I went to sleep many a night listening to his so different voice…calm as it was. Of course, WBZ was THE station back then. And, there’s been nothing like it since, I can guarantee it. The kids today don’t know what they have missed. Today’s jocks just play music and give time and temperature and play commercials. Dick had class. Nuff said.

  17. Gerry Cunningham says:

    I remember Dick Summer and his “Nitelight” show on WBZ live from the Unicorn Coffee House back in the mid-60’s. Listening on the skywave waay down in Louisville on a six transistor radio under the pillow! He had quite an influence on me along with Cousin Brucie on WABC and the local guys on WAKY & WKLO (which I later appeared on in the 70’s as Robert E Lee).

  18. It’s a genuine thrill to see so many comments about a time so long ago. Thank you. I just finished a new book called “Staying Happy, Healthy And Hot.” It’ll be published next week. I’ll be glad to send a free download to anybody/everybody who would like one…but it has to be before November 4th when the (revised) publishing agreement kicks in. My email is [email protected]
    Again…thank you. Dick Summer

  19. John DeRose says:

    I can remember lying on the bed and listening to the show every night…Ah, the good old days!

    My fondest memory was listening to Dick recite The Highwayman.

    Does anyone have a link to a recording of it?

    I also seem to remember him playing a folk song version of Annabel Lee, but I can’t remember the artists.

    Would anyone out there be able to point me in the right direction?

    Thanks much if you can.

  20. donna pagano denny says:

    I was a devoted fan od Dick Summer, remembering his “Nightliter’s Against Gutlessness” campaign; and his poem readings.

  21. Mary Bauer Smith says:

    Growing up in Tewksbury MA, I tuned into Dick Summer @11:30pm faithfully. When one of the nuns in high school asked me why I was so tired all the time I told her that my baby brother slept in my room and kept me awake at night. True, but I was probably still awake with the radio under my pillow listening to Dick on WBZ.

    I cherished his stories – especially around Christmas. But my favorite was one started, “With six, why not just give it a number? Someone said that to me the day you were born…” Then it talks about a woman’s lonely journey through pregnancy. Beautiful!

    Dick would sometimes crave a pizza while on the air. Before long one would be dropped off at the studio. He was a proponent of 23 hour deoderant because every man needed an hour to himself.

    I recorded some of Dick’s stories on cassette. I hope I saved them. Time to dig out the childhood memory box in the basement.

    Dick was not a DJ. He was a mover of souls. His influence on my life is still powerful 45 years later…with my husband, six kids and ten grandkids. He honored all mankind. He honored me by sharing his soul.

  22. Thomas B. Kochheiser says:

    It was late at night in the early 60’s in Northwest Ohio and WBZ Boston would bang in like it was right next door. Dick Summers would be on late night and I would listen until I fell asleep. I can still remember, wonder if anyone out there can recall, the poem “Highwayman” he did. I can still recall listening to that wonderful voice, clear and crisp, reciting the poem and totally hypnotizing me. What a great time to remember. Thanks for the memories.

  23. Jack Sullivan says:

    I just stumbled onto this site. I was a college student in Boston in the mid-60s and commuted frequently back home to Washington, DC. The Nightlite show was a staple for me on that all-night drive. I remember one show about how chicken cacciatory got its name. It was a long, long story about a company of chickens in the Revolutionary War. It went on and on for the whole show. When the punch line came, somewhere north of Baltimore, I laughed so loud I damned near drove off the road. Thanks for all the pleasure and smiles you brought into my young life.

  24. Jeannie M says:

    I lived outside of Phillie and could only hear WBZ late at night. Listened into the wee hours and was a mess in school the next day. Years later read “The Highwayman” to my children and they provided the sound effects. But I can still hear Dick Summers ‘tlot tlot’. One of my fondest 60’s memories. Thanks Dick.

  25. Fred King says:

    I remember so much…I used to listen to
    the Bruce Bradley/Dick Summer change over
    at 11:30pm . They were so funny !
    I chose them over Johnny Carson who my
    mother was watching in the other room.
    I worked with Paul Leblanc when I filled
    in for a summer at WTSN.
    yES, WBZ at that time was certainly
    the ‘Greatest Air Show on Earth”
    I still listen, Fred King

  26. Paul Zinger says:

    In my high school years, ’63 to ’67, I was able to pick up WBZ and Dick Summer, far away in Western Pennsylvania, late nights on my transister radio. Still remember some of the Ct. Dragway jingles and bits of “7000 Masadonians in full battle”. Good memories.

  27. Space Patroller says:

    To be a loyal nightlifer. you had to know what the Earl of Shrewbury invented and who got the credit

    You had to be able to recite this


    It was probably Dick Summers that launched Tom Rush by playing URGE FOR GOING in the mid ’60’s

  28. John Perkins says:

    Was a nightly listener from 1964 till the format change. Dick your show came in really strong in Evansville, IN then. I had my Girl Watcher’s card, and my own Venus Flytrap which was a hit in my high school Biology class. I recall MOGIDY but not what it meant and MOGODITE-a microbe on the pigskin cover of a football sitting on top of a rainbow during a thunderstorm. At your behest I wore a dime taped to my shirt to promote being a N.A.G.-Nightlighter Against Gutlessness. That inspired me to do a term paper on public apathy, a real eye opener for me. I loved the on-location broadcasts during the summer at Nantasket Beach and the drawings for a Honda 50cc motorcycle. Great memories as posted above already but mostly you were the “soothing voice in the night.” Great radio, great format, it’s really missed nowadays. Thanks forever!

  29. John Perkins says:

    Was a nightly listener from 1964 till the format change. Dick your show came in really strong in Evansville, IN then. I had my Girl Watcher’s card, and my own Venus Flytrap which was a hit in my high school Biology class. I recall MOGIDY but not what it meant and MOGODITE-a microbe on the pigskin cover of a football sitting on top of a rainbow during a thunderstorm. At your behest I wore a dime taped to my shirt to promote being a N.A.G.-Nightlighter Against Gutlessness. That inspired me to do a term paper on public apathy, a real eye opener for me. I loved the on-location broadcasts during the summer at Nantasket Beach and the drawings for a Honda 50cc motorcycle. Great memories as posted above already but mostly you were the “soothing voice in the night.” Great radio, great format, it’s really missed nowadays. Thanks forever!

    John Perkins
    Viera, FL

  30. John Perkins says:

    BTW MOGIDY is my username on You Tube and Yahoo. Won’t ever forget that word! Will email you for the download. Looking forward to it!


  31. David says:

    A couple of comments brought up deejay Bruce Bradley (who, I learned, was a co-worker of Dick Summer’s on top-40 WBZ Boston in the 60s as well as adult-contemporary WYNY New York in the 80s). Sadly (and I learned this only a week ago, tops), Bruce Bradley passed away just outside St. Louis on June 22 (my birthday, by the way) at 78. (As I also learned a week ago, tops, ) He was also a radio talk-show host in St. Louis and finished his career as such.

  32. Duncan Dewar says:

    Remember Dick filling in for Maynard on vacation played, “Ferry ‘Cross The…” & then he had cued up “Pretty Woman” to the lyric, “Mercy” & played the rest of the song.

  33. “Those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end.” Thank you for remembering. Dick Summer

  34. Space Patroller says:

    What is very little known is that Dick Sommer was the key catalyst in the recording career of a mid-60’s to earl ’70’s musical icon who I will let speak for himself


    I can remember this pretty well

  35. Karen Hauck says:

    Yes!! Dick Summer. Transistor radio under my pillow! Ultimate Spinach! One hen, two ducks! His reading of “The Highwayman”! And N.A.G. !!

  36. Bob Pailler says:

    What ever happened to Theopolis Q Waterhouse, Dick’s pet venus fly trap?

  37. Rick LaTouch says:

    That voice! Heard it today on AM680 in Boston selling god-knows-what as I entered my car for my commute home. MY GOD THAT WAS DICK SUMMER!!!! Got on google tonight and here I am, reliving the past – the Subway, tha Boston Sound(wear your big “S”), ultimate Spinach, Tom Rush, “the Wind” by Circus Maximus – I heard it all through my cheap transistor (yup under the pillow) as a young teen back in Salem Ma. This is priceless stuff. Right up there with Jean Shepard. Thanks Dick!

  38. Rick LaTouch says:

    …. With Honorable Mention to Arnie Woo-Woo Ginsberg and Dwayne Glasscock!

  39. Maureen says:


    Is this site still active.

    I listened to Bruce and Dick every night. I was in New Brunswick Canada. I was so happy to listen to WBZ . I sat at my dining room table doing homework and listening for the Beatles.

    My memory of Dick was the NAG campaign . Nightliter’s against gutlessness. My friend and I wore dimes in our penny loafers so that we would always have the price of a phone call. No one would believe that in this day of cell phones! We had to explain the campaign to all our friends and I think it was even mentioned in our high school yearbook.

    Great memories

  40. Paul Sypek says:

    Didn’t Sandy Baron figure into his show on occasion? By the way, my radio wasn’t under but between my ear and the pillow with a penny stuck between the battery and the contacts. Things have improved, right?

  41. Doug says:

    I remember Dick playing Disney Girls by the Beach Boys on BZ

  42. The nightlite show was a big part of my teen years. On any given Friday 1964~1967 Dick’s would be the first voice I heard as I rose early and the last as I stayed up late on weekends. He played artists no one else played and told great stories, both serious and humorous. Great days.

  43. Mike Lucas (now living Orlando Florida) says:

    While going top East Coast Aero Tech in Lexington Mass in 1966 WBZ was THEE radio station…Dick Summer had some sort to slogan or something relating to the U2 going on at that time in 1966.. So I assembled a small desk model U2 airplane and presented to Dick in the parking lot of WBZ.. His in person real personality was just as genuine as his on air personality and wit… Dick is forever Mr. WBZ of Boss Town.

  44. Garnet Drakiotes says:

    Clearly Mr. Summer has a deep appreciation for how many lives he touched over the years in the depth of the night. For me it was as a teen in Keene, NH listening to WBZ and marveling at the exotic world that poured into my ear via the eight transistors housed in that cigarette pack sized red plastic case. Those late night experiences ultimately translated into 20 years as a broadcast engineer. Sadly, as the industry changed under my feet, I could no longer abide it and moved on. Those ingrained, wonderful, warm “Summer” late nights have never left me and are burned deeply in my most cherished memories. Wonderful to hear Dick Summer again!

  45. Garnet Drakiotes says:

    So you married the “traffic” lady… back when that term had a different meaning than it does today. And back when they actually cared about “adjacencies”. Now it is not uncommon to hear back to back competing auto dealership commercials. Yes, been a podcast subscriber since early Spring this year. Thanks again, G

  46. John says:

    Dick, I’ve been listening to your podcasts for 2 years now in reverse chronological order. I just remembered the definition of MOGIDY: it is the study of MOGODITES. Sorry I didn’t keep my girl watchers club card but so many moves over the years I just lost track of it.

    • Thanks for the memories John. I’ve got a hunch that you’ve developed better ways of watching women than hiding behind a card by now. And Thanks for catching the podcasts. I love doing them. Merry Christmas

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