Dan Ingram is a radio pioneer and considered by some to be the
best Top 40 DJ of all time. The son of musicians, he was born in
Oceanside, NY, on September 7, 1934.
Ingram began his five decade broadcasting career at small stations
such as WNRC/New Rochelle, NY, WALK/Patchogue, NY, and WNHC/New
Haven, CT, and worked at WICC/Bridgeport, CT as “Ray Taylor.”
He moved on to larger markets and was responsible for huge ratings
jumps at both KBOX/Dallas and WIL/St. Louis before returning to
New York to create and sell radio contests for Mars Broadcasting.
In 1961, Ingram returned to the airwaves at WABC/New York where
he stayed for the next 21 years until it went all-talk. During that
period he also did The Other Dan Ingram Show playing jazz on WABC-FM.
He combined humor, an irreverent style, and impeccable timing and
established himself as the leading rock radio personality in North
America. Ingram was the master of the “talk-up,” speaking
over the introduction and finishing his thoughts at the exact moment
the lyrics started.
After hosting the CBS Radio’s syndicated Top 40 Satellite
Survey and a stint on WKTU-FM/New York, he joined the oldies station
WCBS-FM/New York in 1991 where he worked until he retired in 2003.
Dan Ingram was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2007.
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