Dan Ingram, 77 WABC New York | December 1978


It’s December 1978. Many people consider this the beginning of the end of Musicradio 77 WABC. Right around the time of this aircheck, WABC was days away from being knocked off of it’s perch at the top of the ratings. The new Disco 92 WKTU will defeat WABC in the Fall 1978 Arbitron ratings book. It will be the first time an FM station beats WABC. Around the country, FM radio stations were beginning to overtake AM music stations, and New York was no different. The first “disco” ratings saw  WKTU grab 11 percent of the listening audience, and WABC lost 25 percent of its audience practically overnight. Panicked by the audience loss, WABC started making changes. They started adding more Disco songs, and started playing extended Disco mixes. Some of those mixes would be 7 or 8 minutes long, which lowered the number of songs WABC would play every hour. The station, which was normally very tight and played a lot of music, had a different feel in this era. This aircheck, features Big Dan Ingram, who sounds great as always, even if the station itself is about to go through some big changes. Some EARTHSHAKING changes are just 12 months away. -Ellis

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