One half of the legendary “Hal and Dick” team on WBAP has passed away at age 73. Dick Siegel suffered a heart attack Thursday morning.
Dick Siegel was Hal Jay’s on-air partner from 1981 until 2003. While providing traffic information from his helicopter, Dick was part of the popular “Sam From Sales” comedy bits that aired for many years on the station.
"He really got into it, he loved the work," said Hal Jay on Thursday. "I loved working with him. We had a great time. Great memories."
Jay says the on-air repertoire the two shared was completely spontaneous, but Siegel prepared like no other.
"He prepared what he did on the air more than everyone I ever knew," said Jay. "He had everything written down on a 3-by-5 index card: his one-liners, his jokes...everything. We're talking about 20-30 index cards each day, and we were doing morning and afternoon in those days."
Jay also remembered Siegel's flying ability.
"He was the best pilot I ever knew. He could fly anything. He showed me a couple times in a helicopter how good he was and scared me to death," said Jay. "He was really dedicated to the radio station. If there was a tornado, he would go up and fly near it when no one else would."
Recently Dick had been hosting a morning oldies show on KLDE 104.9FM in Eldorado, Texas.
Arrangements are pending.
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