Dan Ingram, MusicRadio 77 WABC New York | April 10, 1979

77 New York WABC

Dan Ingram

From Contributor Frank Davis comes this unique ‘almost disco’ recording of MusicRadio 77 from April 10, 1979. Legend has it that WABC went Disco for one week. Well, first off, we’re not entirely sure of which week in ’79 that was, or if it was exactly one week or longer. One thing is for certain, this recording from the second week of April features nearly ALL disco music, with the exception of “Baker Street” One can compare this aircheck with one entitled the “Massacre of 1979” – the day that then PD Al Brady fired a number of staple WABC jocks and moved Dan Ingram to Mornings. That occurred later in 1979, December 21 to be exact.

Ingram is still his happy, slapstick self. The “Word of the Day” is ‘cordweiner’… and Big Dan offers several definitions of exactly what that means. Oh, the ‘Honored Group of the Day’ are people who fell asleep before the Oscars were over. Today is survey day and Dan Ingram is giving the song positions, out of order, as was his standard practice in the MusicRadio era.

Listen here for lots of Jam jingles, plenty of disco-era commercials for New York area businesses and a LOT of Dan Ingram personality! You’ll also hear an old EBS test, so don’t panic when you hear it… this is only a test!



  1. lou

    Thanks for the aircheck.

    One of the things I have never been able to get to the bottom about is the “WABC goes disco” event.

    I remember the front page and headline on Billboard as if it was yesterday. However, I could never find anyone (in the know) who could ever explain it.

    I know that the music started leaning towards disco, as the entire world seem to be embracing it. But how did that headline ever get out? Did someone at WABC announce this? Was there a press release? Who was it? Was it retracted later on?

    I remember tuning in after the arrival of Billboard magazine, and noticing they were emphasizing the rhythmic danceable top 40 tunes. (Not really disco like WKTU, etc.)

  2. alanwk

    I always thought Dan Ingram should have been moved to mornings about ’75 or ’76 his afternoon show was stale the same show for years and people were listening in afternoons to FM. His style in the 70’s was better suited to mornings and he would have got the ratings with Imus drinking heavily and no longer funny. I could not listen to the constant annoying commercials and crap disco music when FM was so much better in ’79.

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