Dick Biondi Film

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Raised by 226 people in 28 months
This is the Story of a rebel disc jockey who changed how a generation listened to radio as told through the eyes of one of his biggest fans who came of age under the influence of that voice. This is a love letter to the era when radio was King.

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. 
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! 
Rock Stars
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. Known from coast to coast, Dick Biondi's legacy is that he truly is the“Voice That Rocked America!”
Progress
After 3-1/2 years of doing research, collecting interviews, and following the energetic Biondi to sock hops, car shows, toy drives, and more my editing team is nearing completion of  the first part of the Dick Biondi documentary. This campaign will cover costs of producing this "Screener" which will be instrumental in raising the necessary funds to complete the film.
Soon you'll be able to see what we've been working on.  It's exciting!  

Join Our Team!

Now is your opportunity to honor and create a legacy tribute to one of the most beloved and influential broadcasters of our time! Please help us with a donation large or small -- and become a valued member of of our team!  Please show your support!  Contribute now!

Seeking Sponsors and Donors
We are also seeking Sponsorships for individuals and businesses who wish to make a tax deductible donation and have your name associated with the movie which is targeted for PBS, film festivals, and DVD. Please contact us for more information.

Our goal is to complete the movie in 2018 ands share it with the Wild I-Tralian!
It is my great honor to direct this documentary film about The Wild I-Tralian, Dick Biondi, who ( like many of you) touched me when I first heard his crazy manic style jump out of my transistor radio.  His genuine interest and kindness impressed me way back when I was a mixed up 13 year old kid, and I'm proud to say we are still friends over 50 years later!

Thanks from the bottom of my heart for being part of it!
Love and Gratitude,
Pam and the Dick Biondi Film Team
xox 

Learn more:
www.DickBiondiFilm.com
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News from the Dick Biondi Film team!
You can be part of the closing scene of the Dick Biondi movie by joining us at Chicago's Italian Fest on Taylor Street this Saturday night, Aug 18th, at 8:00 PM. Our host Ron Onesti will lead us in singing On Top of a Pizza.... and you may get on camera! We'll have a booth set up throughout the entire fest so stop by and say hello and bring your family and friends to join in the fun. We could use some help at our booth so if you are available, please contact me here or on our website https://www.dickbiondifilm.com/contact/. Thanks everybody for your continued support in making this tribute to the Wild I-Tralian, Dick Biondi. For more info: http://www.arcadalive.com/onesti-festivals/
See you at the festa!
Much love and gratitude,
Pam
xox
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Fellow Biondi lovers,

Only $723 to meet our GoFundMe goal! Will you help get us there? Get your official tee for a donation of $25. XL sizes for $30. Get your official mug for a donation of $10. You will look cool, your coffee will taste better, and you are guaranteed to feel fabulous.

If you'd like to see a sneak peek of the Dick Biondi movie, please join us August 13 7:30 P.M. at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago. You'll get to meet legendary rock jock John Landecker and hear him talk about Dick Biondi's influence on music, radio, and humanity. Tees and mugs will be available. Tickets are available at the Beverly Arts Center: http://beverlyartcenter.org/17/?noisa_events=1428

I hope you're enjoying your summer and I'm looking forward to seeing you soon. Ciao!
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Dick Biondi was the #1 DJ in the U.S. in 1961 and 62. Biondi introduced the Beatles to America in 1963 by playing Please Please Me on his WLS show. After getting fired he went to KRLA in Los Angeles where he continued playing the record . The kids weren't ready, but a year later the Beatles owned America. Help us make a documentary film about this important broadcast icon. We appreciate any size donation.
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Will you help us make this epic movie? Any size donation is greatly appreciated.
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Pamela Enzweiler Pulice
28 months ago
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Hi Don, I sent you an email. Let me know if you did not get it. Thank you. Pam

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Don Weiss
28 months ago
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Hi, i co produced afew MOB tunes with Jerry Ross, and was a promo man for Mercury Records in the 60's. My grandson who attends Columbia College in Chicago is studying film making there. He would like to volunteer and participate in your project. Can you reply if interested to me and i will put you in touch with him? Thanx, great project!

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PM
$20
Pamela Milroy
2 months ago
$100
Anonymous
3 months ago
$50
Nina Palozzolo
3 months ago

from my deceased parents. joe palozzolo and dicks personal canolli lady grace palozzolo

$50
Michaela M. Gillogly Nelson
11 months ago

What more can one say except we love Dick and appreciate him being a part of our lives!

$40
Anonymous
11 months ago
BS
$100
Betty and Don Szczepaniak
11 months ago (Offline Donation)

We are glad to be part of making the Dick Biondi movie!

VH
$100
Virginia Herlihy
11 months ago (Offline Donation)

Can't wait to see the finished movie!

BW
$800
Biondi Fan from Wayback
11 months ago (Offline Donation)

Glad to help make this movie a reality!

EG
$25
EIleen Gordon
11 months ago

Listened to him as a kid. amazing story. Can't imagine making this only an hour long film.

1L
$100
100 Lamb
12 months ago

He’s so great! I listen to his show on this Crusin’ disk I have of him from 1960 on WKBW in Buffalo. As a current Disc Jockey myself, in Toledo Ohio, I think I learned a lot from him.

Pamela Enzweiler Pulice
28 months ago
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Hi Don, I sent you an email. Let me know if you did not get it. Thank you. Pam

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Don Weiss
28 months ago
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Hi, i co produced afew MOB tunes with Jerry Ross, and was a promo man for Mercury Records in the 60's. My grandson who attends Columbia College in Chicago is studying film making there. He would like to volunteer and participate in your project. Can you reply if interested to me and i will put you in touch with him? Thanx, great project!

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