This is kind of a bittersweet aircheck. It’s from the final week of MusicRadio 77 WABC. At this point in WABC’s history, you can feel the changes coming to the station. You had a sports talk show in the evening, Alan Colmes, who would soon become the station’s morning host, doing talk overnight, and even in morning drive where Ross & Wilson were doing a lot of talk, and only playing a few songs an hour. Musically in this era, WABC was really an Adult Contemporary station, rather than a true Top 40 station, as they were playing lots of music from the 1960s & 70s, especially on the weekend. Dan Ingram sounds great as always on this aircheck, but he has a different energy than in years past. He sounds more mellow, with a less intense on air delivery. Many listeners came back to WABC to listen during it’s final days, as the station had some of the best ratings in years. -Ellis
Since 1979, Ellis has been on the radio, mostly hosting morning radio shows across the country, from Philly to Salt Lake City, Tampa to Seattle, and for the last 25 years, has been waking Orlando & Daytona Beach.