Dick Vance

2000 - Disc Jockey

The late fifties and early sixties saw quite a battle for the ears of the rock and roll crowd by two great radio station in Des Moines. KIOA and KSO. Dick Vance was the program director and a disc jockey at KSO from 1958 to 1964. He spent many a shift on the air from the "Fish Bowl" at KSO. Those of you familiar with KSO of the early sixties remember the "Fish Bowl".

Dick and his fellow jocks worked many Friday and Saturday nights MC'ing area teen hops. KSO hosted the Thursday night "Teen Hops" at the Val Air in Des Moines bringing all the top acts of the day to the Des Moines area.

A prior IRRHOF Inductee, Dic Youngs got his start in radio when Dick hired him right out of high school to work at KSO. "The smartest thing I ever did was to hire Dic Youngs, and the dumbest thing I ever did was to NOT hire Peter McClain," said Vance.

Dick left KSO in 1964 and bought KDMI-FM in Des Moines where he stayed until 1968. From there it was on to Florida where he worked in radio, then television for CBS in Miami.

Dick Vance has spent his life in either radio or television and is on the radio to this day. He and his wife own radio stations in South Carolina and make their home in Lyman.

he late fifties and early sixties saw quite a battle for the ears of the rock and roll crowd by two great radio station in Des Moines. KIOA and KSO. Dick Vance was the program director and a disc jockey at KSO from 1958 to 1964. He spent many a shift on the air from the "Fish Bowl" at KSO. Those of you familiar with KSO of the early sixties remember the "Fish Bowl".

Dick and his fellow jocks worked many Friday and Saturday nights MC'ing area teen hops. KSO hosted the Thursday night "Teen Hops" at the Val Air in Des Moines bringing all the top acts of the day to the Des Moines area.

A prior IRRHOF Inductee, Dic Youngs got his start in radio when Dick hired him right out of high school to work at KSO. "The smartest thing I ever did was to hire Dic Youngs, and the dumbest thing I ever did was to NOT hire Peter McClain," said Vance.

Dick left KSO in 1964 and bought KDMI-FM in Des Moines where he stayed until 1968. From there it was on to Florida where he worked in radio, then television for CBS in Miami.

Dick Vance has spent his life in either radio or television and is on the radio to this day. He and his wife own radio stations in South Carolina and make their home in Lyman.

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