Dick Standish

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Dick Standish (born August 26, 1942), received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 1964. He was elected to the senior honor society, Cap and Skull, and served as News Director and Station Manager at WRSU Radio Rutgers.

He taught Broadcast Journalism in 1977 and 1980 at Rutgers University-Camden. This was a 4 credit course that met three mornings a week.[1]

Standish began his professional career in 1964 at WHWH, Princeton. He served as News Director, and covered the New Jersey state legislature and political campaigns. His documentary on the people of the New Jersey Pine Barrens won the New Jersey Broadcasters Association’s 1965 Public Service Programming award.

He worked at KYW-AM Newsradio from 1967 to 1978. He covered politics, and New Jersey issues, including passage of the state income tax and the start of casino gambling in Atlantic City. Twelve years later he quizzed Donald Trump about his application for casino licenses and the related finances. He won several awards[2] --- including from the Philadelphia Press Association for his reporting on neighborhood feelings after a police shooting; the 1977 Garden State Park Racetrack fire; and reporting on women in the job market from the American Women in Radio and Television.

He was transferred to KYW-TV in 1979. That fall, he moderated a live, prime time debate with the three candidates for mayor of Philadelphia. In 1982, the local chapter of Sigma Delta Chi awarded him first place for local news stories when he reported first that Mayor William J Green III would not seek re-election. Standish covered politics extensively, including conventions.[3] He worked with the station’s pollsters during the eight years that Eyewitness News did polling. He provided the analysis, created the graphics, and helped frame questions. Much of this effort focused on political races. A major polling project documented the city residents’ feelings about the violent 1985 confrontation with the MOVE organization. He covered many other major stories, including refinery fires, Mafia murders,[4] Three Mile Island nuclear emergency, major trials, hurricanes, blizzards, and New Jersey issues.[5]

Standish retired April 30, 2008.[6]

He and his wife, Kim, published The Rundown, a weekly newsletter of advice for television executives, producers and reporters for nearly 30 years beginning in 1981.[7] For 15 years, they also published Medical News Report for healthcare public relations executives.

He was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame on November 17, 2017.

After retiring, he was one of the founding members of the ROMEOS --- Retired Old Mavens Eating Out.[8] [9] Retired Philadelphia broadcasters meet four times a year to have lunch and stay up-to-date on current news media trends.


  1. ^ Harper, KYW Broadcaster Enjoys Dual Role, Rutgers Gleaner, November 16, 1977 p. 5
  2. ^ Broadcast Pioneers profile, http://www.broadcastpioneers.com/bp9/dickstandish.html, Retrieved March, 2015
  3. ^ Stuart Bykofsky, Election Night TV Head To Head, Philadelphia Daily News, May 17, 1983
  4. ^ Stuart Bykofsky, History of the Mob: Deaths In the Family, Philadelphia Daily News, August, 1983
  5. ^ Chuck Darrow, Standish Again Harvesting News Of Garden State, Courier-Post, April 18, 1988
  6. ^ Philadelphia Daily News, April 29, 2008, features. He was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame on November 17, 2017.
  7. ^ RTNDA Communicator, February, 1986, p.41, Retrieved March, 2014
  8. ^ Meet the ROMEOS by Robert Strauss, February, 2015, http://jerseymanmagazine.com/meet-romeos, February, 2015
  9. ^ The ROMEOS by Terri Ackman, http://sjmagazine.net/cover-feature/romeos, March, 2014