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New York Radio Legend Dan Ingram Dead At 83

June 25, 2018 - 9:08 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Dan Ingram, a former WCBS-FM and WABC disc jockey who had a 50-year career in New York radio, has died. He was 83.

During the 1960s and '70s you could go on beach from the Hamptons to LBI and hear Ingram on about every radio. On transistor radios and in cars it seemed everyone was listening and that was almost true -- at one time a third of all radios were tuned in, a ratings pinnacle not seen since.

They called him "The Thinking Man's DJ" whose wit, wordplay and warmth endeared him to his audience and inspired many careers in radio.

Ingram was born on September 7, 1934 in Oceanside, New York. He studied broadcasting at Hofstra University and started his career working at stations in New Rochelle, Patchogue, Bridgeport and New Haven before moving onto larger markets in Dallas and St. Louis. In 1961, he landed a gig at WABC where he spent 21 years until 77 music radio turn to talk. He then went over to KTU where he was replaced by a young talent named Howard Stern. In 1992, Ingram returned for a dozen years at our sister station WCBS-FM.

He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007.

From his word of the day, honor group of the day, and his edgy double entendres if you mention Ingram to a native New Yorker they're sure to remember and smile.