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He's in the Honor Group of the Day
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 06/25/18 12:03 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]

Today's a sad day for anybody who grew up listening to Top-40 AM radio in the New York City area in the sixties and seventies, including myself.

Easily the most famous disc jockey in the history of American radio, Dan Ingram passed away yesterday.

Dan spun discs at a few stations in the late fifties, most prominently KBOX in Dallas, before landing the gig that made him famous, WABC in New York, on July 3, 1961. He held court at WABC for more than twenty years, his last show was May 10, 1982.

His quirky sense of humor, unbelievably quick wit and a voice that always sounded like he was your best friend, made him unlike any Top-40 disc jockey before or since.

Listen to tapes of Dan Ingram on WABC

He was great at making fun of the records he played, he called Elton John's song "Someone Shaved My Wife Tonight," and during the time Barbra Streisand had a hit with "Evergreen," I remember him making a lot of fun of the size of her nose, actually muffling the sound of his voice to go "up inside her nose" commenting on the spaciousness, as he was announcing the song.

Dan had several running gags he did every day in his show, including Word of the Day, which included words like Gestetner and Amanuenses, and Honor Group of the Day, which sometimes included people that had hacked him off, like people who made him late for work, but more often than not people he admired, like New York City's firemen.

Thanks, Dan. You were New York radio for me when I was a kid growing up on Long Island. We'll never forget you.

You are in the Honor Group of the Day.

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