On-air, "American Standards By The Sea"
About the Man Behind Charity, Children and Celebrity Dick Robinson Dick Robinson, On-air, "American Standards by the Sea" Friday 10:00-midnight Besides being a charity addict, TV and radio personality, Founder/Chairman of Connecticut School of Broadcasting, the nation's oldest and largest group of broadcast media schools, owner of New England and Florida radio stations, and Founder/Chairman of a non-profit, the Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook, Dick Robinson is also host of an internationally syndicated TV and radio show aired on over 70 network affiliates nationwide. Fore and aft producing the TV and radio shows, Dick Robinson has been active in Palm Beach charitable fund-raising since 1979. Until recently, Dick was on the Board of Trustees of the American Cancer Society, Board of Advisors of the Hanley Center and Co-Chairman of Hanley's $14 million Capital Expansion Campaign which included the Dick Robinson Prevention Center. The annual Dick Robinson Golf Classic, benefiting Hanley, played its tenth year at Old Palm Golf Club. Dick is also past President of the American Heart Association. As President of the Palm Beach Round Table, for which he has been a featured speaker, Dick brought in Great American Songbook artists Jack Jones in 2011 and prior, Ann Hampton Callaway, to the Royal Room at The Colony Hotel for the Round Table's annual fund-raiser/dinner dance. Both were sold out months in advance. At PBS WXEL TV and WPBI FM (formerly WXEL FM), Dick is also President of WXEL's Garnet Society, its fund-raising arm. At one time, Dick auctioned off his Rolls Royce Silver Wraith II and his Steinway "Model M" piano, played by artists of the Great American Songbook, who have visited with the Robinsons over the years, and all proceeds benefited WXEL TV and Radio. Dick was named WXEL's "Man of the Year" awarded at its "Keeping the Legends Alive" event. About Dick Robinson, Page Two As a member of the Board of LIFE (Leaders in Furthering Education), Dick was invited by LIFE Foundation Founder Lois Pope to host the "American Veterans Disabled for Life Gala" with actor Gary Senise at the Pierre Hotel in NYC in 2006. On his TV and radio shows, Dick saluted Lois Pope's LIFE Foundation dedicated to the building of the nation's only American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, DC, for which the ground-breaking has taken place. Over 800,000 listeners, viewers, friends and corporations joined in the fund-raising effort. LIFE's Lady in Red Gala entertainers over the past years have included Mary Wilson of The Supremes fame, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., and Smokey Robinson, all of whom Dick has known since the 1960's in his heyday as a top-rated Top 40 radio disc jockey. Dick Robinson's passions and interest in helping people overlap in such unique ways. He is able to intertwine charity with celebrity and fund-raising with entertainment. Over the past decade, Dick and his wife, Sally, have had an amazing run in their efforts to enhance a variety of charity extravaganzas. As Co-Chairs of the Juvenile Diabetes Gala, for example, they arranged for friends and artists Keely Smith and the late Al Martino to perform at consecutive blockbuster events. The following year, Dick brought in Great American Songbook entertainers Debby Boone and Jack Jones, again for JD, and all tolled, helped raise over $5 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Over the past five seasons, Dick and Sally have been Co-Chairmen of the Salvation Army Gala, Co-Chairmen of the Leukemia-Lymphoma Gala, Honorary Chairmen of the American Lung Association's Oxygen Ball, Co-Chairmen of the Mental Health Dinner/Dance, Honorary Chairmen for the Caridad Center, and International Honorary Chairmen for Alzheimer's Community Care. In addition, in 2010-2011, the Robinsons have also been underwriters (and Dick has often been auctioneer) for Palm Beach charity fund-raisers including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, CARP (Comprehensive Alcoholism Rehabilitation Program)--for which Dick also did a TV PSA--Israel Cancer Society, It Happened to Alexa, Treasure Coast Community Singers, United Cerebral Palsy, and others. Dick is also a member of the International Society of Palm Beach and the Alexis de Tocqueville Society (Community Chest-United Way). Dick and Sally Robinson's years of heavy involvement in Palm Beach charity work resulted in honors for which they've been presented the prestigious "Humanitarian Award" bestowed by Friends of Akim USA. Dick has also received the "Man of the Year" award from Akim and the Humanitarian Award from Brandeis University. In addition, the Robinsons were presented the William Booth Society Award from the Salvation Army by Edsel B. Ford II and have been honored as the AFP (Association of Fund Raising Professionals) Outstanding Volunteer Fund Raisers of the Year. They also received the Able Trust Award, the highest honor in the State, and the first-ever Margaret C. Donnelley Financial Development Award for the Mental Health Association. In Connecticut, Dick Robinson received an Honorary Doctorate from Quinnipiac University in 2012 where he is also Past President of the Hundred Club. About Dick Robinson, Page Three Dick Robinson is Founder/Chairman of the non-profit organization, the Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook. Dick created this 501(c)3 to increase awareness, especially for children and young adults, of what he believes to be the greatest music ever recorded. New endeavors, in addition to his weekly radio and TV shows, have been put in motion to "keep the music playing" and to support the Society's mission-"to preserve and perpetuate the music, character and history of the Great American Songbook." The Society's most important project has been to educate today's youth about the Great American Songbook. In addition, the Society has added more stations to its affiliate network so "Dick Robinson's American Standards by the Sea" may be heard by more and more listeners; provides the website, "yachtamusic.com," which offers video and audio performances of artists of the Great American Songbook; and launched theoriginalgasstation.com, its Internet radio station, where the best music of the Great American Songbook can be found around the world and around the clock. To date, some of the Society Board of Advisors members include such incredible artists-who are also friends of Dick Robinson-as Vic Damone, Founding Member, Jack Jones, Keely Smith, Tony Bennett, Lucie Arnaz, Ann Hampton Callaway, Joni James, Bucky, John and Martin Pizzarelli, Faith Prince, Mike Renzi, Steve Tyrell, among a host of other notable "standard" celebrities. Dick's internationally syndicated two-hour radio show, "Dick Robinson's American Standards by the Sea," brings to listeners the Great American Songbook by blending the artistry, interviews and anecdotes of the greats like Sinatra, Bennett, Ellington, Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Damone, Keely Smith, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Jack Jones, Michael Buble?, Steve Tyrell, Michael Feinstein, and Diana Krall. The show, underwritten by friends of the Society and Connecticut School of Broadcasting, comes from Dick Robinson's custom-designed radio and TV studio on board the Motor Yacht, "Airwaves," which is docked at different ports from New England to The Keys throughout the year. The show, which can be seen and heard 24-7 on yachtamusic.com, airs weekends on over 70 affiliates nationwide and internationally. "Dick Robinson's Music by the Sea," a visual format of the radio show, currently airs in South Florida with coverage from Vero Beach to Miami. # 01-13