A documentary on legendary DJ Dick Biondi is currently in post production, the fruition of a dream of one of his biggest fans-turned-filmmaker, Pamela Pulice. Pulice, who first met Biondi when she was 13, has been a super-fan of Biondi since he first came to Chicago in Growing up in Villa Park, Pulice was like thousands of other Baby Boomers, big fans of both Biondi and the music he would introduce them to, Rock and Roll. But Pulice was also the president of this fan club, starting a newsletter as a young teenager and following him from sock hops to toy drives and anywhere else he was making appearances. Biondi, now 85, was still on the air until last spring, when he took leave because of a leg ailment.
Biondi has been off the air since April, recovering from some sort of leg ailment. The year old did release this statement about his status…. I wanted to take a moment to say thank you! I will tell you, you all mean the world to me as well. As for an update, I am at home recuperating from this leg issue. I want nothing more than to get back to entertaining the greatest radio audience in the greatest city in the world. Get well soon Dick..
No one lives forever, nor works forever, nor should they. But in so many ways Dick Biondi is a sort of alpha and omega of rock and roll radio: he was there in the beginning, and will be there in the end, as it ever shall be, Amen. Biondi, who has been dealing with health issues, has been off the air for a while. Better yet: just keep him on the roster — save the salary, if you must, since Cumulus Media, the parent company, has financial troubles — and let him be. I would think the goodwill and positive PR the station would receive would outweigh the cost of any paperwork.
Growing up in the Italian neighborhood known as The Nob, Dick described himself as a kid who was always yakking. A devout Catholic, he intended to enter the priesthood. He stood and watched the announcer until he was invited into the studio one day to read a commercial. He later introduced the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in concert. A proud Italian American who kept his real name throughout his career, Biondi was exciting, fun and goofy, but he also had a serious side.