Detroit radio fans likely know the name Dick Purtan, the Detroit radio legend and community philanthropist known for his whimsical mix of radio satire, one-liners and deadpan jokes, but do you know how the Detroit radio legend made his way to the Motor City? Before gaining fame at Detroit’s WKNR “Keener 13” station, Purtan found his start at stations in Buffalo, NY, Jacksonville, FL and Cincinnati.

A new episode of Detroit Public Television’s “Detroit Remember When” documentary series looks at Purtan’s road to Detroit. One Detroit premiere’s an excerpt from “Detroit Remember When: A Tribute to Dick Purtan” with narrator, friend and on-air co-host “Big Al” Muskovitz sharing how Purtan found his way to Detroit and created his trademark radio style. 

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Purtan talks about his early fascination with radio at a young age, and his desire to pave his own path in Detroit’s radio industry. Plus, a host of Detroit media personalities — broadcast journalist Ted Koppel, Detroit Ad man Michael Seltzer, radio archivist Art Vuolo and Purtan’s former WKNR partner Tom Ryan — share insights into Purtan’s life and career.

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