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One of the best and most prominent announcers around, Dick is the son of big band leader Ray Heatherton, and brother of singer/actress Joey Heatherton. "Happy Dick" started his career working at such radio stations, on Long Island, as WBIC and WGLI before heading to Hartford at the age of 23. His WPOP initiation consisted of two weeks co-hosting Woody Roberts' morning show, followed by a 40-hour, 7-minute on-air marathon during which the other WPOP Good Guys were supposedly kidnapped.

A talented showbiz individual, Dick worked in summer stock, appeared on TV (announcing on The New Tic Tac Dough (1978) and a revamped The $10,000 Pyramid (1973) (aka "The (New) $25,000 Pyramid") game shows) and also worked as a cruise director on an ocean liner. He spent 14 years on ABC-TV's General Hospital (1963) and was producer and creator of the syndicated TV show, "New Day Dawning" and Bravo's, "An Evening With..." Jazz series. While at WPOP, he promoted an album he recorded. In March of 1968, he flew to the West Coast to appear on Dean Martin's summer TV show with sister Joey Heatherton. That September, Steve O'Brien left for Philadelphia so Dick inherited that 6:00-9:00PM shift. In July 1969, Dickie made his third appearance on Mike Douglas TV talk/variety show accompanied by both his dad and sis.

Heatherton left WPOP for WFIL Philadelphia, but returned for a month in the fall of 1970 where he debuted as "Monticello the Magnificent". His later radio career included such stations as KLIF in Dallas; WCBS-FM in New York; KLRS Santa Cruz; KFI/KMPC/KJOI/KOCM/KXEZ/KCBS/KACD, all in Los Angeles; Unistar Satellite Network; WWPA/WWWD in Williamsport, PA; Westwood One; KPAS in Los Angeles; WEZO/WBBF-FM in Rochester, NY; and KRLA in Pasadena.

Building on a lifetime of consulting and public relations, Dick is an author and empowerment/motivational speaker who reveals and demonstrates "how to succeed" to thousands upon thousands of people around the country based on his book/CD package, "The Surrender Solution". Dick Heatherton has served as VP/ General Manager, Regional Manager, Program Director and Marketing Consultant for many of the largest Radio and TV groups in the country including CBS, Westwood One, Salem Communications and Entercom.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Trivia (1)

Ex-brother-in-law of Lance Rentzel.

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