Dick Bartley Reunites With United Stations

United Stations Radio Networks (USRN) announced today that it will be handling the distribution of two programs hosted by Radio Hall of Famer Dick Bartley. The association reunites Bartley with USRN, the brand under which the syndication veteran’s national programming grew and thrived two decades ago. The partnership between Bartley’s DB Productions and USRN becomes effective April 1, and under the agreement USRN will market and distribute Bartley’s two long-running, weekend radio programs: “Rock & Roll’s Greatest Hits,” a five-hour request-based program that has traditionally aired on Saturday nights, and “The Classic Countdown Show,” a four-hour, theme-based program that recaps the hits that dominated the charts in various years or seasons. Together, these programs air on over 200 stations. USRN executive VP of programming Andy Denemark says, “It’s not every day that a broadcaster as beloved and as talented as Dick Bartley becomes available, and we’re thrilled to be able to add his programs to our lineup.”

4 thoughts on “Dick Bartley Reunites With United Stations

  • May 10, 2009 at 1:59 am

    i agree that i enjoyed the show as a 50’s 60’s and very early 70’s hope he goes back to where he came from or some takes the helm and uprights the ship
    thanks for listening

  • April 30, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Another thing I found to be so attractive about his radio show is that he tried very hard to record callers and their requests to play them back as introduction to their song being played. This always made saturday night seem like it was one big party. That makes his show very appealing. This is another dynamic of his show that has been trailing off over the years. It seems to me that he used to do this more often. Sometimes I’d listen to R’n’R’sGH and I wouldn’t even hear one caller. I wish that he’d reincorporate that element back into his shows again.

  • April 30, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    What I truly enjoyed about DB’s show was that he played such a cool mixture of 50’s, 60’s, and early 70’s. He played a lot of the hits, but he mixed in some really obscure, secondary hits that I really love to hear. I owe much of my knowledge of the TRUE oldies to Mr. Dick Bartley. I hope someday he returns to his original approach to playing oldies.

  • April 30, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    I was thrilled to hear this news. I thought that maybe DB had a falling out of sorts with ABC because maybe they were forcing him to play more seventies and eighties CRAP and ignore the early sixties and fifties altogether. I thought that maybe he might even revive his old show name, “Solid Gold Saturday Night,” but it doesn’t look like it will happen. He’s still playing that newer stuff, and I read a comment of his on-line which seems to be saying that he agrees with the new format. This is unfortunate. I think people should remember what made them a success from the beginning. I’ve grown disenchanted with DB’s show over the past couple of years as he plays more and more of the same stuff, the big hits. Now that he plays seventies and eighties with no fifties, I don’t listen to him at all.

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