Sunday, May 18, 2014

Remembering when AM radio mattered

Dick Summer picWhen I was a kid in the late 1950s and early ‘60s, Dick Summer was one of my favorite radio personalities.

Summer had the 9:15 p.m. to 1 a.m. slot, Mondays through Saturdays on WIBC, the major AM radio station in Indianapolis.

He did his nightly broadcasts from a booth high atop Merrill’s Hi-Decker, a drive-in restaurant on East 38th Street across from the main entrance to the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

I posed a trivia question about his show the other day on an Indianapolis nostalgia Facebook group, asking anyone to name the piece of music Summer used to open his show every night.

After 21 hours and a few wild guesses, I finally relented and gave the answer: Buddy Morrow’s version of “Night Train.”


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