Since March of 2008 Dick Kay has been the host of “Back on the Beat”, a political talk show on WCPT radio. The show is broadcast every Saturday from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm CT on 820 AM, 92.5 FM, 92.7 FM, 99.9 FM and on the web at chicagosprogressivetalk.com.
Prior to joining WCPT Dick worked as a Special Advocate for Health Care for the State of Illinois. His work took him all over the State in an effort to promote a plan for health care for every citizen regardless of income.
From 1968 to May of 2006 Dick worked at WMAQ, NBC5 Chicago. He began as a writer for Floyd Kalber. He soon became a producer and then a reporter. In the early 70’s Dick was named the Political Editor; a job he held until his retirement. In the course of his work at NBC5 he was also a regular political commentator. Dick was the longest serving reporter in the history of NBC5.
Dick started his career at WSIV Radio in Pekin, Illinois in 1960, Dick also worked at several Peoria radio and TV stations. In 1965 he was named News Director of WFRV TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin and remained there until he joined NBC5 Chicago in 1968.
Dick has covered every Governor from William Stratton to Rod Blagojevich. He has interviewed every President from Richard Nixon through Barack Obama. He covered every national political convention from 1968 through 2004 and every election in Illinois in that same time period. His coverage of the Illinois Legislature has been extensive.
He won a George Foster Peabody medallion for his expose of wasteful legislative study commissions. He also won a National Headliner Award for that same series as well as a Jacob Scher award.
Dick is a member of the Chicago Press Club Hall of Fame and the TV Academy’s Silver Circle which recognizes more than 25 years of exemplary service in television.
In addition Dick has received Eleven (11) Chicago Emmys, numerous AP Awards for reporting and commentary and Five (5) Peter Lisagor awards for reporting.
Dick also served 8 years as President of the AFTRA Chicago local union and more than a decade as a regional National Vice President of the Union. His union service earned him the George Heller Memorial Gold Card; the highest honor the national union can bestow.