Rick Dees is an American radio host. His Weekly Top 40 competed with Casey Kasem's American Top 40. Dees also contributed to the USA Today syndicated radio program, as an entertainment reporter. He is also well known for his #1 hit single "Disco Duck," a Satire of the Disco trend, credited to Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots. He has been married to voice actress Julie McWhirter since 1977.
- Catch Phrase:
- Guttural Growler: He switched to this voice to say the title of his gossip segment "Dees Sleaze."
- Opening Narration: A Parody/Pastiche in which John Williams' score from Superman: The Movie underscored this riff on the old serials:Capable of bending records with his bare hands.Able to tell tall tales in a single breath.It's Super Dees! Yes, Super Dees, Strange Visitor from another neighborhood, and who, disguised as Rick Dees, mild-mannered disc jockey, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the pursuit of loose women.
- Parody Commercial: An "ad" announced the release of a new Comedy album, Hurt Me Baby. Make Me Write Bad Checks. On what record label? Why, No Budget of course!
- Punny Name: Recurring characters in The '80s includes "radio aerobics" instructor Jane Fondle (Jane Fonda) and regular caller John Revolting (John Travolta).
- Satire: "Disco Duck" was this for the Disco genre.
- Sexy Secretary: Candy, The Ditz, wore a bikini for her first day on the job.
- Sound-Effect Bleep: Using the sound "cuckoo."
- Verbal Tic: In "Rick Dees Top 40," senior-sounding male character only says one word: "Yes." This was convenient when Yes had a hit on the chart.