Through the 1980s, I produced The Great Sounds a four-hour weekend long form magazine type show for United STations (later Unistar) for a company half-owned by Dick Clark. I interviewed about 300 singers, band leaders, sidemen and songwriters. It was the most fun job I ever had. Dick Shepard was our first host on the show. He read my scripts. I used to talk to him from time to time. Is he still alive? He’s not in the phone book any longer. He was succeeded by Ray Otis at the beheast of WNEW’s GM Jack Thayer, due to the fact that Shepard had been on WNEW and Ray Otis was still on WNEW. Obviously, WNEW was a very important clear from our line up in more than 100 of the top markets. PD Jim Lowe got a look see in advance of the recordfs I was putting into the show. He was easy to get along with on that score.
Rhis is a great site,
He is alive , around 88 and living in Florida
Dick Shepard was a very close family friend. Sadly, he passed away yesterday. He will be missed by all who knew him personally and all who remember his talents on the radio.
I worked with Dick years ago when I was in advertising and public relations Heard from him occasionally and was the recipient of many of his email jokes. When I hadn’t heard from him in a couple of months, I had a feeling he had died, which was confirmed by searching the web. What was the cause of death?
Back in the 90’s when I was spinning the records at the original Jukebox Radio, Dick sat in for me while I was on jury duty. Later, he would come to visit me in my studio. He had many great stories and was a delight to speak with. I truly enjoyed his company.
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