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About this project

Dick Biondi came screaming into Chicago, IL on May 2, 1960, shaking up the establishment and turning the town on its ear. I remember the excitement and the fun he brought to us kids and how much a part of our lives he was--- and still is to this day. Dick was the leading voice of a powerful new Top 40 radio station, WLS, which beamed across the U.S. and parts of Canada. We didn’t know it at the time, but Dick would go on to be one of the most influential radio personalities of the 20th century. 

It is my great honor to direct this documentary film about The Wild I-Tralian himself, Dick Biondi.

The Story of The Wild I-Tralian

Dick Biondi has been broadcasting across the airwaves for over a half century. His outrageous personality gained him such titles as The Wild I-Tralian, The Screamer, and The Big Spaghetti Slurper.  Some have come to esteem him as the greatest rock and roll disc jockey of all time. Others have known him as a big mouth, a guy with corny jokes, who called himself “The World’s Ugliest Disc Jockey.”  Whatever you may want to call him, we are thrilled to piece together the story of an incredible entertainer who rose from a working class Italian family to become the #1 disc jockey in the nation, a member of the Broadcast Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – and the most fired deejay of all time — 25 firings! 

Throughout the film we uncover Dick’s friendship with early music artists Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Bobby Darin; his famed distinction of being the first American DJ to play the Beatles; and his influence on the careers of the Beach Boys, Tony Orlando, Frankie Valli and a multitude of Chicago bands – the Buckinghams, Ides of March, the Cryan Shames, Shadows of Knight, The New Colony Six, Chicago – and many more.  To see excerpts from our interviews visit our YouTube Channel.

Dick's Honorary Street naming 5/1/10: Bob Sirott, Dennis Tufano (former lead singer - The Buckinghams), Jim Peterik (Ides of March, Survior), Jim Pilster, "JC Hooke" (formerly of The Cryan Shames), Ronnie Rice (formerly of The New Colony Six)
Dick's Honorary Street naming 5/1/10: Bob Sirott, Dennis Tufano (former lead singer - The Buckinghams), Jim Peterik (Ides of March, Survior), Jim Pilster, "JC Hooke" (formerly of The Cryan Shames), Ronnie Rice (formerly of The New Colony Six)

The Back Story -- The Filmmaker

Dick Biondi with Director, Pamela Joy Pulice throughout the last 50 years!
Dick Biondi with Director, Pamela Joy Pulice throughout the last 50 years!

I was 12 years old when I heard his voice on the radio—and right then I knew—Dick Biondi was my guy. After meeting Dick, I started the Chicago West Suburban Dick Biondi Fan Club and suddenly, my world opened up! And it wasn’t just me —kids across America were listening to The Wild I-Tralian on WLS in Chicago.  Dick made teenagers feel special and we loved him for it.

My goal is to take viewers back to the 1960’s when Dick first came to WLS in Chicago and became the #1 Deejay in America.  It was an era of sock hops, hula hoops, The Twist and listening to Biondi on our transistor radios and in our cars.  In those days radio was an intimate part of our daily lives and teenagers had a special connection with their favorite disc jockey.  DJs like Dick Biondi were considered celebrities in their own right.

(Left) Dick's induction into the Broadcast Hall of Fame; (Right) still on the air at 85 years young!
(Left) Dick's induction into the Broadcast Hall of Fame; (Right) still on the air at 85 years young!
 

The Team

Timeline and Budget

We have been researching and filming for over two years. Now with dozens of wonderful interviews from fans, historians, deejays, and rock legends of early rock and roll radio, we are finally ready to enter the next phase of our project! 

This phase  consists of writing the final script and editing together a 10-minute "screener" that will be presented to donors to raise money to complete the film by the end of the year.  This means several months of post production work with an editing team which includes hundreds of hours of labor, post production costs and licensing fees.

In this campaign we are hoping to raise at least $30K which will pay for:

  • editing
  • sound design
  • archival music and  footage licensing fees
  • animation and graphics
  • Kickstarter campaign fees

If we exceed our goal, we will be able to go further toward the finish line.  The additional funds will help us complete the film, which is budgeted upwards of $200,000-$300,00 or more, largely due to costs associated with archival and music rights.

THANK YOU for your pledge!

 Besides contributing to a great documentary about an important radio figure -- Here are also just a few of the rewards you will receive.  Rewards like High Five, Static Cling, Pen and Tee Shirts will be sent by May 2017.  Rewards related to the final film such as Digital Download, DVD, and the Official Movie Poster will be sent when the film is completed. 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is to complete our film this Winter of 2017. Dick will be 85 years young this year and we believe that there is no better time to salute the man who brought us so much fun and happiness.

Our other big challenge is to raise the money to pay for music and media rights. Obtaining these rights will help us make a more authentic representation of the era in which the Baby Boomers were coming of age and thus a more joyful nostalgic film.

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    Why? ... Because we'll list you as an associate producer on the film credits. How cool is that?!?!

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    Get ready for the RED CARPET ... because as CO-PRODUCER, you'll be there alongside Dick BIONDI, NOTABLES, and the FILMMAKERS at the film's official Chicago PREMIERE. Wow!!! V.I.P. seating included!

    As CO-PRODUCER, you'll be listed in the film credits, on the DVD case, and on the the movie poster. You also get 1 full day with the Director in Chicago during post production. (Travel not included.)

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    Walk the RED CARPET alongside DICK BIONDI, NOTABLES and the FILMMAKERS at the film's official Chicago PREMIERE.

    Decuple (10x) wow!!!

    Includes V.I.P. seating at the Chicago premiere too!

    As EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of the #DickBiondiFilm, you'll be listed in the film credits, on the DVD case , and on the movie poster.

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    - Two full days with Pam in Chicago during post production (travel not included); or, ask us for something and we will try to fulfill your request;
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