DICK ORKIN, The Czar of Shtick
Not too long ago Dick was born into loving family of Lithuanian dairy farmers in a rural town named Linkuva.
Well, actually a village.
attained college age Dick
commuted on an ox cart for a few years between Bremen and Blue Balls, Pennsylvania, attending F&M college and Yale Drama School
An IQ test given by the Linkuva village elders on a Tuesday, a week before Shavuot, was the key to a very good job milking cows at WCFL radio in Chicago.
He spoke to himself all the time as he tugged and pulled the udders and thus started his career as a radio writer, performer and producer of ad spots and radio serials.
This includes Chickenman, Toothfairy and a 12-part series on collecting eggs.
The spots were listened to and noted by other stations looking for talent and they, in turn, adopted cows and chickens as part of their writers' training programs.
And for his
high IQ creation of this inventive training method, Dick
was inducted into the Nab Radio Hall of Fame
and received other notable agricultural awards.
lives with his
wife and his
beloved poultry in Van Nuys, CA. Making a radio commercial, ad, spot-give Dick
a call for smart and genuinely friendly production help.
One day, years later, Dick Orkin
was driving down the highway and saw Andrew recording the sounds of insects as part of an experiment to see which kind provide the best ambient sound to help insomniacs fall asleep.
threw a sack over Andrew's head, tossed him into the trunk of his
car, and brought him to his
studio, where he
forced him to learn how to make radio commercials.