Dan Ingram’s 20th Anniversary Broadcast, 77 WABC New York | July 3, 1981

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

This aircheck is probably out there somewhere else on the web, but we did receive a perfect copy on cassette, which was obviously the first generation edit due to the typewritten date on the label (using an old cart label, at that!)

Officially, Dan Ingram did his first show on WABC on July 3, 1961, although he did go on the air prior to this date without using his real name – so Dan Ingram was actually not Chuck Dunaway on the Chuck Dunaway show back in ’61. But on July 3, 1981, Dan Ingram was marking 20 years with the American Broadcasting Company by doing what he always did – play the music and entertain, on a microphone with no reverb. What a way to get a gold watch!

WABC really threw a party for Ingram. Among the guest, Howard Cosell and many of the jocks Big Dan worked with over the years. This includes a few airchecks of bloopers and significant events during Dan Ingram’s 20 years at WABC.

Others who were closer to the actual event will explain in greater detail how this day unfolded. One thing is certain. As Dan Ingram celebrated 20 years at WABC, the writing was already on the wall for WABC as a music station as it was only ten months later that WABC dropped all music and launched Talkradio 77.



  1. Mark in Auburn, New York

    This had to be one of the most taped broadcasts in history! WABC promoted the you-know-what out of it so listeners knew it would be a treasure-trove of flashbacks; and so it was! I had my C-60’s rolling on it from 300 miles away, weak signal and all.

    • Agreed. I’ve been sitting on this tape just for that reason. But its so good I had to post it

  2. Lou

    Steve, I don’t like now that when we pull up the airchexx.com page, the audio starts playing immediately. Not great for late night web browsing, or browsing at work. 🙁

  3. Ellis B Feaster

    Steve, I thought I was a bit extreme, going to the banks of the Delaware river in Philadelphia, to record all 4 static filled hours, but at 300 miles, you had me beat! I posted all 4 hours on You Tube, but I would give my right are to have it sound this good!

  4. Ellis B Feaster

    Make that, Mark, you had me beat!

  5. Larry Hughes

    I lived in Staten Island, so we had it made…I could pick up stations from Philly as well as NJ and all the NYC stations. I was able to listen to Bruce Morrow on WRAN 1510 am as well as the older guys from WMCA were on WHUD at the time and there was a lot to listen to. Bob Grant got bounced out of NY at WMCA and I listened to him on WWDB 96.5 to see if he mellowed, etc.

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