Skip to main content

Dick Summer Audio Collection

Identifier: MS Group 287

Scope and Content

A 4-disc compilation (produced over a ten year period) representing the best of Dick Summer's stylized poetry readings and narrative "story telling" radio presentations from the 1960s through the present. The distinctive voice and writing talents of Dick Summer are preserved for research purposes to be accessed and used by journalism and broadcasting students, as well as the general public, interested in varied announcing styles and an overview of radio and television cultural history.


  • Creation: 2003-2010



The collection is open for listening and research, but researchers should speak with the curator prior to using the materials in order to reserve a listening station.

Biographical/Historical Note

An iconic and immediately recognizable voice in the history of broadcasting, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame radio personality Dick Summer has left his mark in major media markets (Boston and New York City) and on NBC Radio. His "comfortable and familiar" voice and style have been showcased through national radio and television advertising campaigns (Binder and Binder, etc.) and his LOVIN TOUCH books of poetry have been published by Random House and Bantam Books. In addition to his contributions to the golden era of rock and roll music radio of the 1960s, Dick Summer also hosted popular and memorable late night radio programming (LOVIN TOUCH, etc.) showcasing his poetry and distinctive "raw silk" voice talents. He and his wife, Barbara Summer, head Dick Summer Communications (advertising, consulting publishing, commercial production, marketing, etc.) in Pocopson, Pennsylvania.


0.4 Linear feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Collection of audio compact discs (CDs) featuring the spoken word readings and narrations ("personal audios") of legendary radio personality, voice artist, poet, writer and "story teller" Dick Summer.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dick Summer in 2012.

Related Material

See also: Dick Summer Communications,

A Guide to the Dick Summer Audio Collection
Finding aid created by Jim Liversidge
August 2013
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America