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"Try your luck. Don't be a cluck!"

Rick Dees (born Rigdon Osmond Dees III, March 14, 1950) 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.



  • Audience Participation: Contests were a regular part of Weekly Top 40, and generally involved Rick playing a small snippet of a song, movie or a celebrity interview and asking for the name or title.
  • Catchphrase:
  • Cloudcuckoolander: A good chunk of the regular Weekly Top 40 characters with Dees, himself a self-admitted moron, having to be the straight man among them, hence the "Cast of Idiots" moniker.
  • Full-Name Basis: Weekly Top 40's scatterbrained elderly engineer Willard Weisman would always introduce himself like this, to the dismay and annoyance of Rick. His appearances usually ending with Harmless Electrocution after fiddling with the microphone wires against Rick's wishes.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: One clip that popped up on occasion during the early years of the Weekly Top 40 was that of a Japanese woman angrily ranting. Rick somehow was able to understand this a few times.
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  • Guttural Growler: He switched to this voice to say the title of his gossip segment "Dees Sleaze." His voice otherwise fits more in line with Badass Baritone.
  • Jingle: Just like American Top 40, Weekly Top 40 would have some these in the form of commercial bumpers and music bedsnote  that Dees and his cast of idiots would talk over. Some cuts in the later 80s to early 90s would also ape some popular singers like Michael Jackson (who was also a recurring character on the show).
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Weekly Top 40 exploits this between both him and Julie with the amount of characters and impressions they pull off.
  • 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, most of them falling into No Celebrities Were Harmed territory, includes "radio aerobics" instructor Jane Fondle (Jane Fonda) and regular caller John Revolting (John Travolta).
  • Satire: "Disco Duck" was this for the Disco genre. It also served to make him a One-Hit Wonder as far as his music career was concerned with his second attempt with "Discorilla" didn't hit high on the charts.
  • Sexy Secretary: Candy, The Ditz, wore a bikini for her first day on the job.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Using the sound "cuckoo." He also got around with announcing George Michael's "I want Your Sex" by using a Pac-Man sound effect where "Sex" would be said.
  • Special Guest: At least Once an Episode, with the guest either talking about a hit they had on the countdown or coming in to announce the number 1 song at the end of the show that week.
  • Verbal Tic: In "Rick Dees Top 40" with the show's boss, a senior-sounding male character only says one word: "Yes." This was convenient when Yes had a hit on the chart.