Dick BiodiAn acclaimed Chicago radio personality and member of the Radio Hall of Fame, the first American DJ to play the Beatles on air, died June 26. He was 90 years old.
The Chicago Tribune confirmed his death for an announcement by WLS-AM 890.
Biondi was one of the first personalities to play classic rock on American radio and is often referred to as the “King of the Ancients”. he was induced He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1998.
“He’s spent most of his 67-year career entertaining the biggest radio audiences in the world’s largest city, Chicago! “Radio and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sound heard in WLS, WCFL, WMAQ, WBBM and WJMK will continue to be a part of the music of our lives,” WLS-AM 890 said in a Facebook statement.
An Endicott, NY native, Biondi began her career in radio working at WINR Binghamton and WCBA Corning. He continued to work at other stations before taking a career-changing position with WLS in 1960.
Biondi moved to KRLA Los Angeles in 1963 and became the first radio personality to play the Beatles on a station. In 1967, he returned to Chicago, where he worked at 1000 WCFL and 670 WMAQ. He continued to stream stations and eventually launched a joint Oldies show on WNMB North Myrtle Beach SC.
In 1984, Oldies 104.3 stayed with WJMK and would stay with the brand until they moved to “Jack-FM” in 2005. He started his last radio position with 94.7 WLS-FM in 2006 and would stay there until his retirement in 2017. to a disease
Biondi was also a member of the Illinois Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame and was featured separately from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s radio exhibit.