Dan Ingram, 77 WABC New York | April 30, 1982

A young Dan Ingram featured in a 77 WABC Promotions Photo, circa 1978

When Matt Seinberg at Big Apple Airchecks said he was going to donate this Dan Ingram aircheck, he warned me, “Its kinda boring…”. Well, you’ve been warned.

Recorded one week before the biggest format change in New York City history, WABC can be described here as, sluggish, slow and boring. Its as if ABC brass was trying their best to chase any audience away. Remember, this is 1982 and only two years earlier, TOP 40 WABC was only number 2 in the city, right behind a Disco station. So why hasten the demise? Its been said that ABC knew the future of AM was talk and wanted to go out on top. Which might have been but it’s staple of talk programs in the beginning dropped ratings nearly into the cellar.

All that can be bantered around for another 30 years.

What we hear here is Dan Ingram trying his best to be himself – in a soft voice. His wit is still there, though, and that’s fun. There’s a few good songs heard in this 30 minute scope as well. So, for those of you who wish to wax nostalgic, here you go!

Ron Lundy on WABC "MusicRadio 77"