On Tuesday, RBR+TVBR reported on the passing of Myron Jones, owner of The WJET Broadcasting Company. In October 1955, the Erie, Pa.-based company expanded with the launch of Top 40 WHOT-AM 1570 in Youngstown, Ohio.
Among its first air personalities was a native of New York’s Southern Tier who had gotten notice for his work in Alexandria, La., and York, Pa.
For a two-year period Dick Biondi rocked this corner of Ohio before a notable run at WKBW-AM 1520 in Buffalo, where he was fired for telling listeners as a joke where his boss would be driving, and to throw rocks at it, after the two had tussled over an issue. One listener followed Biondi’s instructions.
Getting fired proved to be the right move for Biondi, who joined Top 40 powerhouse WLS-AM 890 in Chicago in 1960 and enjoyed stints in Los Angeles and at WLS’s biggest rival during its heyday. Earlier this year, Cumulus Media formally cut ties with the now-85 1/2-year-old legend, who had been reunited with WLS.
Now, a longtime listener has decided to make a movie about Biondi.