'Legendary New York City radio personality Dan Ingram passed away in June of 2018. In a Facebook tribute to him on Facebook I stated: "Dan Ingram was not only the best disc jockey I ever worked with ... he was the best disc jockey anyone ever worked with ." Hundreds of young disc jockeys across America were awed and inspired while listening to Big Dan's shows on 50,000 Watt WABC. I was one of the fortunate few who actually got to work with Dan both at WABC and then WCBS-FM. Hanging around Studio 8-A at ABC while Dan was on the air taught me more about "On-To-One" radio presentation than I could have ever learned on my own. I was even more fortunate to have him as a friend. He was a true stand-up guy, even when it would have been easier for him to stand aside. In 1991 Dan followed other former WABC disc jockeys Harry Harrison, Cousin Bruce, myself and his best friend Ron Lundy "across the street" to WCBS-FM. It seemed inevitable that Dan would become a member of the Air Staff at the Golden 101. The combination of the ABC "recruits" and longtime CBS jocks, Bill Brown, Bob Shannon, Don K. Reed and Max Kinkel formed one of the greatest radio lineups ever assembled. (IMO) In the adjoining audio clip, Dan Ingram shares his feelings on joining the CBS-FM on-air team.
Feeling heavily the loss of a good friend and New Orleans Radio Legend, Wanda Honey. Wanda had a big, bright and loving personality that attracted you to her whether you met her in person or listened to her on the air. She was only 22 years old when I hired her (1978) to host the 7pm-Midnight show on WNOE-AM. She needed very little coaching even at that young age... she had a beautiful voice to go with her wonderful name. Like myself, Wanda's first Top Forty radio gig was at KNOE in Monroe, LA. a station that was known for being a solid training ground for good radio talent. Besides doing great shows on the air, Wanda was just a great person to be around and the whole air staff loved her and her enthusiasm for radio and life. She and I had unfortunately not seen each other in person for years, but we remained lifelong friends via phone conversations and Facebook chats. I cherish the memories of the times we shared together.
Back stage at NYC's Radio City Music Hall with the legendary Ronnie Spector, just before she went on stage to sing: "Be My Baby." WCBS-FM (New York)
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Early 1970. 2am, on board the USS Regulus: We were still at sea but almost home... not close enough that I could see the lights of San Francisco but close enough that my old portable radio could pick up the AM signal of one of the city's Top-Forty radio stations. Soon after we reached "The States" and our home port of Alameda, I would be making the transition from Petty Officer 3rd Class to civilian- without- a- job. As my Navy days had dwindled down I had struggled with the decision of what career path I would take. It seemed logical to me to try Commercial Art (as Graphic Art was called back then) since I had been drawing since the time I learned what a pencil was and I knew I had some talent. There was only one other job that interested me and that was being a radio disc jockey. Unlike a possible career in Art, I had no clue if I had any potential talent to be an on-air broadcaster. Also, I had no clue how one would get into radio. Then as I sat there on the deck of my ship, I heard an unfamiliar song on that Frisco station. It was rock. It was country. It was Mississippi River Delta blues. It was "Proud Mary" by a new band, Creedence Clearwater Revival. . And as simple as that, when that song ended I knew I wanted to make my living playing that kind of music on the radio. For the next 35 years, that's exactly what I did. Thanks, John Fogerty.
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