Remembering a 77 WABC Legend, Dan Ingram.


Veteran Radio Host, Dan Ingram, has passed away at the age of 83. Ingram’s career in radio spanned nearly 50 years, and 20 of those years were spent right here with 77 WABC.

 

 

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Grew up in the 60’s in South Jersey (Gloucester Co) and Always tuned in The Dan Ingram Flingram with the radio dial fixed at S e v e n t y S e v e n . . . W A B C. Sometimes the radio static was more so than at other times . . . Nevertheless, Dan was COOL and he was worth it all . . . and the 77 jingle and Dan are forever in my head. RIP, Dan. You were one of the greatest !!!!!

-Paul Barry
Jupiter, FL


I was driving back to CT from visiting my cousins in south Jersey. Listening to Dan and he was playing “Aint no Sunshine” by Bill WIthers. The record hung up during the ” I know I know I know”, the news break was coming up and it went to news. Coming out of the news, it was still “I know I know I know” for about another 2 minutes before he hit the arm and finished the song. Everytime I hear the song, I remember Dan being foolish. RIP Dan, you were loved by many.

-John Honas
Belgrade, ME


I became a radio DJ in1972. I always knew I would never be as good as Dan Ingram, but always aspired to be.

-Pete Bucky
Garfield, NJ


Coming out of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” . . . “. . . sure baby . . . what was your name again?”

-Charlie Roberts
Howell, NJ


Dan was one of the first DJ’s I listened to going to the Beach in the 60’s on 77 WABC. May he Rest In Peace.

-Mike
North Babylon, NY


I grew up on Long Island, Dan was the Best, From the 65 blackout, to Roll your BOD to the Honor Group of the Day, to his fling with Newscaster Bob Hardt to the coach Howard Cosell, he was the best, RIP Dan, he is up in Radio Heaven with his pals Ron Lundy, Scott Muni, Herb Oscar Anderson, Chuck Leonard, Bob Lewis and Charlie Greer.

-Ed Miles
Charlotte, NC


i remember as a kid riding my bike with my transistor radio listening to dan. that made me so happy. wabc should make a special tribute show with great memories of the best dj of them all.

-Robert 
Bayside, NY


Dan was the voice of the famous 1971 boast that WABC was only 13th in the ratings… “in Pittsburgh”

-Kevin
Cambridge, MA


Remember summers at Jones Beach in the 1970s. Everyone listened to WABC! You walked along the beach and all you heard is WABC. And for us sunbathers we left it up to Dan Ingram to tell us to “ROLL YOUR BOD”.

Thank you Kemosabe!!! You inspired me to get into radio.

-Ron Stevens – WHPC 
Garden City, NY


His ending theme at the end of the show

-Keith Wilson 
North Massapequa, NY


Dan will be missed. I remember Dan Ingram for his deep, bass voice – a smooth talker no matter what he was talking about. He made the perfect rock ‘n roll disc jockey. Thank you for letting us know he passed away.

-Ted Nelson
Winston-Salem, NC


Dan calling his show “The Ingram Mess”…

-Jeff 
Smithville, NJ


Remembering the Dan Ingram radio show while going to school/living in Manhatten the fall of ’67 and early ’68…..Great voice, RIP Dan……….

-Larry Magiera
Depew, NY


When I was a desk assistant at MusicRadio WABC in 1971, Dan had had lunch in Studio A and left a chianti bottle on his console. I took that bottle home for use a candle holder – he was that much the holy of the holies in that time, having actually TOUCHED that bottle. Kept that memory of Dan and a great team for maybe 20 years and finally let it go…when I grew up around age 45. RIP to the greatest DJ ever.

-Buck May
New Berlin, WI


My deepest sympathies to his family

-Wayne Serbin 
Des Plaines, IL


Loved the TV weather girl Pat Fontoon, her mustache and her orchestra!!ya hill skeday and bye now Kemosabe!!

-Rich
Northport, NY


I grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY listening to him. Man, I wish radio today was like back then, when it was fun and the DJ was a sort of on air friend spinning records for you and making you laugh. Rest in Peace.

-Cathy
Raleigh, NC


Invited me to watch him in the studio, interviewing him for a college paper, ’76, used one of my jokes on the air.

-Josh Cohen
Arlington, VA


Growing up in SW Pennsylvania, I could only listen to WABC’s distinctive 50,000 watt echo-effect signal between sunset and sunrise. Cousin Bruce Morrow, Bob Lewis, Herb Oscar Anderson, Bob Dayton, Chuck Leonard were all part of my love for music, beginning in 1962. But Dan Ingram was my all-time favorite DJ on any station ever. And at the end of every show came Dan’s intro to good ol’ Howard Cosell, Speaking of Sports: “Time once again to broach the coach!” Was sad to hear the news during the Sid and Bernie show this morning. RIP Dan, and thanks to you and to Cousin Brucie for the autographed photos……

-Art
San Francisco, CA


I had the honor of “blaming” Dan for getting me and all of us my age into radio during the WCBS FM 20th Anniversary show back in the late 90’s. He was delighted and at the same time saying “I’m to blame for a lot of people getting into radio”. But I thanked him for his wonderfulness and funniness each day he was on. Long Live Dan Ingram and my heartiest condolences to his fans friend and coworkers,and family including Chris,and the entire Ingram bunch.

-Pat
New Paltz, NY


Dan was the king of “ad lib” radio. Such a quick wit. That was one of his many gifts. The one thing I’ll never forget was one afternoon in the ‘70s when he was playing “Have You Seen Her” by the Chi Lites and at the end when the lead singer said “You know, I thought I had her in the palm of my hand”, Dan came right back with “Well maybe she went up your sleeve”. Rest easy now Dan.

-Dan C.
West Babylon / RAF Mildenhall, N.Y. / UK


I lived in New Jersey from 1961 to 1972 and have great memories of listening to Dan Ingram as I was riding around with my mom after school. Not only was he an outstanding DH, he was an exceptional voiceover artist, voicing many of the station’s liners and promos as well as many commercials. One commercial I remember him doing the voiceover was for Hungry Hungry Hippos. I also remember his closing theme Tri Fi Drums and he would always sign off with “Bye kemosabes!” May he rest in peace.

-Howard Luloff
St. Louis Park, MN


dan did a music special for wabc called “playback 81” from cinema sound ltd, dan made us all
laugh when he was in the recording booth and cracked a joke about walter Cronkite’s last broadcast–everybody in the studio just broke out laughing-that was the kind of guy dan was.
a pleasure to work with,even for a short time,

-Michael Pereira
New York, NY


Big Dan was a pip. Now for the WABC Weather ring-a-ding-cha-cha. That was The Four Squeesings singing Rag Doll. You could go on and on…

-Tim B.
Nutley, NJ


He was the staple of my weekend music mix blasting from my car radio. WABC ruled!!! He was funny, personable, and engaging. RIP Dan.

-Ralph P.
Raleigh, NC


More on the blackout. He backsold the song “Up the Lazy River” by Bobby Darrin as the songs were slowing down because of the power was fluctuating as being in the Key or R. And of coarse the Brief Showers incident with Cousin Brucie.

-Bob H.
Ft. Myers, FL


Always his show signature sign-offs. With the Tri-Fi drums in the background, Dan would offer bits of wisdom as well as other paraphernalia prior to his “So long Kemosabe”. He was the best…Daaaaan Ingram!

-Anthony Just
Woodcliff Lake, NJ


Dan Ingram, my youth was spent listening to him. Brief showers was funny. Ingram always made me smile.

-Brian
Laconia, NH


Growing up in the 1960’s in NYC the “Ingram Flingram” was an integral part of our lives. It seemed that wherever you went someone had a radio on in the afternoon with Dan’s Ingram’s banter mixed in with the top 40 hits of the day wafting out in the background. Back then AM radio was the only game in town. In the late 60’s FM radio came on the scene. Although it was around earlier, most stations just simulcasted their AM signal on it. But the FCC pressured them to make other use of it, and thus was born free-form radio and progressive album rock in high-fidelity and stereo no less. As a teen I gravitated to that, but still preferred to have AM radio play in the background while engaged in an activity. And Dan was the best, corny puns and all. But eventually the format died out and talk radio took over. I’m saddened by Dan’s passing and grateful for the many hours that he filled the airwaves. So long kemosabe, we’ll miss you.

-Nelson Sievers
Durham, NC


Are you kidding? All of my teen and pre-teen years were spent with Dan Ingram!! Wow, how many times after dinner was I up in my room “doing homework” with him on the radio?
Sorry to hear of his passing–he and Cousin Brucie & Scott Muni (My Mom listened to HOA) wow, the giants of Rock & Roll Radio-NY–
My sympathy to his family and all of us, his extended family.

-Nan McCabe
Lafayette, NJ


Dan was on the air before my Dad, George Michael. We often went into the studio and Dan always greeted us with kindness. One day on the drive in, we got stuck in traffic at the Lincoln Tunnel. We were listening to Dan on the radio, worried about what would happen come 6 o’clock and Dad would be a no show. We flagged down a truck next to us that looked like he had a CB – there were no cell phones in those days. Dad asked him to broadcast to anyone he could to call the WABC hotline – a phone number usually reserved for the boss. Sure enough, within a few minutes, Dan’s voice came across the airwaves, giving my father grief about being late, stuck in traffic. Rest In Peace, Dan. Condolences to the Ingram family.

-Cindi Michael
Sparta, NJ


Every single freaking moment forever

-Dave
Fair Lawn, NJ


Thank you for this page. Dan Ingram was always my all time favorite disc jockey in the whole world.

-Steven Green
Austin, TX


I WAS A 13 YEAR OLD WITH A PAPER ROUTE HERE ON LONG ISLAND. THROUGH RAIN,SNOW OR SUMMER HEAT.
, DAN KEPT ME LAUGHING. I EVEN HAD A KIMOSABI CARD. I OFTEN WONDERED WHERE HE WAS. A GREAT TALENT AND SOURCE OF FIND MEMORIES.

-Joe
North Bellmore, NY


I always enjoyed his “ROLL YOUR BOD alerts to the beach goers and the Honor Group of the Day; “do you place the toilet paper with the end down or up !” YOU are in the Honor Group of the Day”
Timeless personality and Talent, I lost yet another piece of my youth …God Bless you Dan, Say Hi to Ron Lundy for me

-Joe Barnes
Wappingers Falls, NY


Dan repeating the tongue twister
“Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers”
perfectly…repeatedly…on and on
over the long synth groove/fade at the end of Donna Summer’s hit “I Feel Love”

-Joe Fitzpatrick
Rosendale, NY


elbow parsley

-Frank Papandrea
Coconut Creek, FL


“Schickhaus Franks, the most carefully pronounced name in franks!”
“It’s 4:17 on the Ingram Travesty….”
Dan Ingram: GOAT – end of discussion….thank the Lord you’ll live on at youtube!!!!
There will never be another Music Radio 77 W-A-Beatle-C.

Bless your loved ones….

-Jim
Watertown, CT


My fondest memory of Dan Ingram is that he listened and cared about and to you the listener, which made radio a very friendly place to listen to. Also, when the station ended the Top-40 format on May 10, 1982, both he and Ron Lundy gave it the most wonderful send-off to a great Music Station with a 3-Hour Reprospective of the greatest radio station in the world. Thanks.

-Vasilios J. Mousadakos
Astoria, NY


I remember when a listener wrote in thanking Dan for introducing the listener to his fiancée. He went on to explain that during a hot summer day there was an accident on the LIE and traffic was at a standstill. So Dan suggested that his listeners “roll down your windows and talk to the person next to you”. The rest was history for that couple.

Dan Ingram was the best DJ ever. He and the other WABC guys produced the soundtrack of my teen years. May he Rest In Peace.

-Mike Cesa
Smithtown, NY


Dan Ingram was the voice of my music generation on the Jersey shore. Bigger then life and always fun and full of energy. He will be missed but never forgotten by those lucky enough to have had him to guild us through the musical jungle of the 1960’s and 1970’s As one more chapter from our past closes forever. Rest In Peace Dan Ingram you are already missed.

-Barry Sigman
Santa Barbara, CA


I remember when he would play Jan and Dean. The Little Old Lady from “Massapequa”. Does anyone remember him say “How’s your Ferndock”?

-Robert
Gillette, NJ


And that was the Five Man Electrical Band. Used to be the Six Man Electrical Band but one of the band members was struck by lightening. There was simply no one great that Dan Ingram.

-Jerry H.
Clifton, NJ


Dan Ingram was one of the most influential people in my life. Imagine, never meeting him, yet he was with me almost my entire life. His voice exuded laughter. I turned on his show as soon as I arrived home from school.

More importantly I discovered that many of the sayings and most of my sense of humor were based on Dan’s influence on my life. And although I remembered him always, I did not realize how much of my id was Dan’s doing until I got air checks. I have purchased as many air checks as I can find and so he has been with me every day albeit not in real time but in my time.

I love Dan. His memory will live on in the hearts of millions who were influenced and entertained by him. His wit and banter and ad lib abilities are legendary. He took me through Beatlemania. And when I left to join the Navy in 1971 I missed him as if I missed a member of my family. No other DJ ever matched his talent. He was a legend. He is a legend.

Try to find his air check where he talks behind the Canada Dry Ginger Ale advertisement. It is the poetry of humor. RIP Big Dan. Bye now Kemo Sabe. You are loved.

-Lori Friedman
Manchester, MD


I always remember after we moved to NY (in 1973), WABC did not play my sort of music; instead, I listened to WABC’s sister station WPLJ. However, being a fan of radio and realizing that WABC was only one of a handful of stations that appeared to be unique and perfectly-programmed (others being CKLW, WCFL, etc.) I was familiar with all the air personalities; Harry Harrison in the morning, then Ron Lundy mid-day and then Dan Ingram. There was also Chuck Leonard, Cousin Brucie (before he jumped ship to WNBC) and his replacement, Philly’s own George Michael. Overnight was Bob Cruz who was hired because he sounded like Dan Ingram. Dan was nothing if not consistent and also seemed to maintain decent ratings, even after AM radio was being threatened by the FM in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

-Andy
Milford, CT


Ya-yoo-ska-day Kimosabi ! !

Whatever that meant he used to say it all the time and I can hear his voice in my head to this day. Sorry to hear of his passing.

-P Jackson
Bedminster, NJ


it’s just the sound of WABC that you remember from being a little kid in the seventies I was born in 63 I’m now 55 if you live in the New York area it’s just a great sound and it’s part of everybody’s lives around here.

-Allen Pakow
Avenel, NJ


I grew up in New York listening to Dan Ingram on my transistor radio and my AM/FM plug in. His voice was mesmerizing and his love for rock and roll intoxicating. I will miss him all over again. Thank you Dan.

-Mary Walsh
Phoenix, AZ


Growing up everyday after school it was Daaaaan Ingram! Listening to all the AM stations on my trusty Hallicrafters S-40. It spent a lot of time on WABC, And you can see the change in the times for can you imagine anyone poking fun at advertisers today?

-Kevin
Plainfield, NJ


Shickhouse franks.

-Merle
New York, NY


Summer ’64 on the beach in Wildwood. NJ: out of Ray Charles Singers’ “That’s #8 on 77 WABC’s Silver Dollar Survey “Love Me With All Of Your Heart”…(then semi-off mic) or spleen or liver. It’s all better with Accent! (Then Bob Lewis with an Accent Meat Tenderizer commercial). Always seamless. Now, my sons never believed me that he actually faded down Stevie Wonder and said “Over here Stevie, you’re singing into a telephone pole!” then had the music ramped up…until I found Rick Sklarz telling the story. Wit, companionship, NEVER crossed the line of good taste, ALWAYS left me feeling like a best friend had just visited me. Thanks Dan.

-Bill Cain
Linwood, NJ


Fall of 1966, I rush home from school, eager to catch every minute of that day’s Ingram Flingram, and no Dan!

No intro, no jingle, just the first song. Followed by the second song, followed by the third song, etc.
No Dan, no sub DJ, nothing but music.

Now, you know that wasn’t WABC’s style, so I’m starting to get concerned. Where is my friend, Big Dan? Finally, about 20 minutes past the hour, his wonderful reassuring voice returns.

He apologizes, but happily announces his original contract had expired on that day, and that he was just putting the finishing touches on his new 5-year contract. Oh, Happy Day!

That was only 52 years ago….

-Marty
Glen Rock, NJ


Dan was the Vin Scully of DJs: He had both the best voice (you stayed tuned during commercials) and the best mind (those puns and double entendres!). But he also had the best heart: On the afternoon of Martin Luther King’s funeral, when WABC was being very restrained and somber, WMCA was broadcasting its usual playlist. Dan said that he had been listening to ‘our competition’ on the drive to work, and thought they were, I think the word he used was ‘disgraceful.’
He made so many of us want to be DJs, even if we had voices that made Christopher Russo sound like Alexander Scourby (you never heard of him? Check him out on You Tube. Dan thought Scourby had the best voice of all).

-Jim Vespe
Mamaroneck, NY


In 1970 when my father bought a new car which was a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu, I turned on the car radio which was just an AM Radio and the car radio was already tuned to 770 WABC and of course the Dan Ingram show was on the air. I do remember thinking “That’s the cool station everybody listens to and I was 10 going on 11 years of age at that time. So there are great memories of listening to Dan Ingram and the other WABC DJs at that time like Harry Harrison, Ron Lundy and Cousin Brucie.

-Jerry Nuovo
Northvale, NJ


WABC Music Radio 77 had the best deejays. Dan Ingram was one of its best. Though I don’t remember any specific memories of him as I was a youngster during his time at the station, I remember his distinctive voice and style, the promos and intros. I missed the station so much when it changed to talk radio. It was a grand era in New York City radio. RIP Mr. Ingram. You were one of a kind.

-Theresa
New York, NY


Dan Ingram was the voice that played the soundtrack of my teens. I loved his quietly snarky humor and his memorable lines like speaking to the jammed traffic on the Long Island “Distressway”, “Roll down your window, make a friend.” And the music he played (sigh), Could go on and on but I’ll leave it at “good night, Dan, we’ll hear you again!’

-Linda
Roaring River, NC


Dan Ingram is one of of a handful of radio personalities who I grew up listening to, who inspired me to get into radio (two others being Frankie Crocker and Chuck Leonard, who I was privileged to get to work with), especially when I followed my mentor, Sonny Taylor’s advice to aim for Top 40 radio, instead of becoming typecast and limited to Black/Urban radio. I admit to stealing some of his elements when I was on a station out of range of New York City, like the Group/Word of The Day, and thinking up my own double entendre’ up to the post, as Dan taught me to. I couldn’t listen to Dan without a smirk or smile on my face, no matter what I was doing at the time. One of my favorite intros was over the hit Abba song, “And here he comes, dancing his way into your heart, The Dancing Queen…” You’ll always play on the radio station in my mind, Sir. R.I.P. Kemosabee

Naphtali Jimi Bruce
North Charleston, SC


Well, back in the 70s when I was in college radio (very small), my pal Tom, another DJ, and I would debate about the two DI’s– I was a huge Imus fan back then (had even wangled an invite to sit in on a Saturday AM show before he stopped doing it live when I was a HS junior)… and Tom loved Big Dan Ingram the best. I really grew to appreciate Big Dan because of Tom’s advocacy and we would sit and listen together and argue during songs or commercials. While I listened to Imus for a long time, I listened to Dan as well. Dan was the best wisecracking, spontaneously fun DJ ever. And Imus was great as he branched away from music after WNBC died… But Tom was RIGHT… Big Dan was amazing and I wish his family and friends and his many colleagues an easy time getting over this loss.

Penacious H
Somerville, NJ


As I have been listening to WABC Radio 77 radio airwave checks that have been made available since Mr. Ingram’s death, I am flooded with memories of all the great deejays that worked at the station with their great quips, promos, music and the station’s inevitable changeover to “talk radio”. The progression of music and corresponding product promotion from the 50’s to the 80’s can be clearly heard. But, despite Mr. Ingram’s lament that he did not like the work, it seemed that these deejays had a lot of fun. They made listeners laugh, provided important news and was a great source of relaxation in a already hectic world. I was just a kid with a radio hidden under my pillow sneaking to listen to great music and my favorite deejays. I remember those days now that I have had time to reflect. It was a great time that can never be replaced. Thank you Mr. Ingram and all the deejays who spun at WABC Radio 77. It was a great ride.

Theresa
New York, NY