Another Radio Legend is Gone

Radio was a big part of my life early on. I started listening to pop radio in the mid - 1960's. I enjoyed both the music and the great personalities the entertained us all the time. Today most of these legends are gone. They were household names that we all could relate to. They were our friends who kept us company when no one else was around. They came to the park with us, to the beach, on school trips, they were everywhere. Over the weekend, we lost another one of the greats. Dan Ingram who was one of the best personalities of all time passed away at his home in Florida at the age of 83. Dan was known for his quick wit and impeccable timing. Talent that does not exist anymore on radio today! Afternoons belonged to Dan Ingram. There were so many times that I almost drove the car off the road from laughing at one of his quick witted remarks. Dan joins some of my other radio friends, Herb Oscar Anderson who passed away last year and Ron Lundy who passed several years ago. These men truly were the reason that I went into radio and fueled my passion for the industry. Here is an article that was published the Sun Sentinel yesterday.

New York radio legend Dan Ingram, known as one of the best Top 40 disc jockeys in the industry, died at home in South Florida on Sunday. He was 83.

The Long Island native began his career at small stations in New York and Connecticut before moving on — and up — to Dallas and St. Louis. By 1961, he returned home to WABC and launched a career that lasted through the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys.

When WABC gave up on music and switched to talk radio, Ingram moved to WKTU in 1984 and then to WCBS in 1991, where he stayed until he retired in 2003.

Ingram had a residence along Galt Ocean Drive in Fort Lauderdale since 2008, records show.

"Dan Ingram was probably the most influential, most powerful and most popular top-40 jock in the history of New York radio," WCBS-FM's Bobby Jay told the Daily News when Ingram left the station in 2003. "I remember the late Sonny Taylor and I would listen to him when we were at WWRL and we loved it. His mind was sharp as a razor.”

Ingram was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007.

“The radio industry, the tri-state area and all of us at CBS-FM have lost a friend who happens to be a legend,” the station said in a statement Monday. “Dan was an influence and inspiration to so many DJs through the years.”