Thursday, October 01, 2009

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Dic Youngs, far right, pictured with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

DMRegister (DMRegister) on Twitter: "Iowa radio personality Dic Youngs has died, according to friends of the family. Details ASAP at"

You've had to have lived under a rock if you grew up or spent any time in Central Iowa and not know who the old Youngster was. I grew up listening to him on KIOA. We lost a great one today.

Ray Dennis has said this about Dic: "He was inducted into the Iowa Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 and he is well enough known and respected by his peers that he may someday be inducted into the National Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame."

Dic Joined KSO Radio when he was only 16 years old, after winning a KSO amateur DJ contest. Dic was an instant star at 1460 KSO and he and Hal Moore rocked the teens of Des Moines from the "KSO Fish bowl" Studio in a window at 19th and Ingersoll. KSO Music Survey Sheet. Dic left KSO and worked briefly in at a Florida radio station, returning to Des Moines radio at 940 KIOA in February 1966. Dic didn't totally give up sports as he played for the KIOA High Hoopers Basketball team for 13 years and helped them raise nearly One Million Dollars.

There are some great audio clips, including an aircheck from 1966.

Photos from Des Moines Register and Ray Dennis.