Dick Whittinghill

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Noral Edwin "Dick" Whittinghill (March 5, 1913 – January 24, 2001) was an American film and television actor, recording artist and radio DJ in the United States. His early music career included membership in The Pied Pipers vocal group which sang with Tommy Dorsey's big band.

Beginning in 1950, Whittinghill was for three decades the popular morning drive disc jockey at radio station KMPC in Los Angeles. During KMPC's heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, his fellow announcers included Ira Cook, Roger Carroll, Johnny Grant, Gary Owens, Johnny Magnus and Geoff Edwards. After his retirement, he was heard on a recorded Sunday program on KMPC, and later as afternoon drive personality at KPRZ, Los Angeles, reversing his traditional KMPC role, as former KMPC afternoon DJ Gary Owens was then KPRZ morning man.

Among the features of his program were the "story records," sent in by listeners, in which a short anecdote was completed with a line from a song. For example, the spider told Little Miss Muffet, "You can keep the curds but give me...All the Way (whey). (using Frank Sinatra's song).

Whittinghill had a minor national chart record. His narration "The Square" reached #144 on the Record World chart in May, 1965.

Helen Trump[edit]

Whittinghill also spoofed the long-running radio serial, "The Romance of Helen Trent" with "The Romance of Helen Trump", written and narrated by Whittinghill and Foster Brooks. "Helen Trump" was "The story that asks the question 'Can a woman of 35?... 'Find love and romance with a man twice her age?'" One of Helen's suitors was a politician named C. Dewey Detterwick, with whom, Whittinghill said, Helen doesn't drive any more, because when C. Dewey drives, he sees spots—lonely spots.

Television appearances[edit]

Whittinghill made television appearances as well, including a number of appearances on Dragnet in the 1960s, once as himself. A favorite of producer Jack Webb, he also appeared in a 1971 episode of Webb's Adam-12. He always signed off from his morning show with "I'm walkin' out the door, with you on my mind..." from the Nat King Cole record, "Walkin'". A sly punster and a master of double-entendre, longtime listeners knew that Montana-born Whittinghill was really "walkin' out the door with ewe on [his] mind".

His morning traffic reporter was Paul Pierce. Dick nicknamed him Panther Pierce. Whittinghill made great use of Freddy Fill and his Orchestra to fill the last few seconds of air time before news broadcasts. Upon his retirement from KMPC in August 1980, he was succeeded in morning drive by another legendary Los Angeles radio voice, Robert W. Morgan.

Whittinghill was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame as of November 8, 2008.


  • The Romance of Helen Trump (A Soap Opera) (Dobre Records DR1062, 1978)


Year Title Role Notes
1957 Calypso Heat Wave Himself
1957 Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? T.V. Interviewer
1957 Short Cut to Hell Mike Norden Uncredited
1957 Jamboree Disk Jockey KMPC Hollywood
1958 The Geisha Boy Reporter Uncredited
1959 Say One for Me Lou Christy Uncredited
1959 The Five Pennies Announcer Uncredited
1959 A Private's Affair Cpl. Henderson Uncredited
1959 -30- Fred Kendall
1961 The Ladies Man Man on Date (scenes deleted)
1961 Bachelor in Paradise Bruce Freedman Uncredited
1961 The Errand Boy Man in Screening Room Uncredited
1961 Bachelor Flat Radio D.J. Voice, Uncredited
1962 Moon Pilot Col. Briggs
1962 It's Only Money T.V. Speaker Uncredited
1963 The Courtship of Eddie's Father Radio Engineer Uncredited
1964 The Lively Set Himself
1966 The Swinger Television Crewman Uncredited

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