As host of Rick Dees Weekly Top Forty, Dees is heard on over 400 stations across the country and 70 countries worldwide. In addition, he is the immensely popular host of the Rick Dees Morning Show on KIIS/Los Angeles, where he has dominated radio since 1982.
In a city known for its legendary radio personalities, Rick Dees is one of the most successful. Dees is more of an entertainer than a music presenter, for his shows are filled with bits of “inspired madness” that make listening to his inventive interruptions almost as enjoyable as hearing the music he plays.
His lively on-air presence is a major reason why Dees has received 15 consecutive “Radio Personality of the Year” awards from Billboard.
Dees was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, and earned a degree in TV, Radio, and Motion Pictures from the University of North Carolina. When challenged by a fellow student to audition for a radio show, Dees accepted, won the job, and has been on the air ever since.
While serving as morning personality at WHBQ/Memphis in the 1970s, Dees recorded the parody “Disco Duck,” which sold over six million copies.
Dees is the recipient of The People’s Choice Award and has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Rick Dees was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1999.