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Shandy
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« on: June 25, 2018, 06:37:26 AM »

Passed at 83.

http://ramp247.com/condolences/dan-ingram-dies-at-83/
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2018, 07:45:59 AM »

RIP, Dan. Couldn't have gotten away with his Native American patter these days. Hey, Kemosabe!!

Can't say I ever liked the Top 40 stations of the 60s and the hip, fast-talking jocks they employed but ... they were pretty much the only game in town during the daytime when more niche stations had to dial down their power. I'm sure - to his legion of fans - Dan was known for many endearing things but I'm left with recalling how he always talked over the records he played. Hardly the only one to do that but ... one of my lasting memories, along with the many Yiddish phrases (standard fare for many NYC deejays of the day who were not Jewish).
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2018, 09:27:44 AM »

Didn't care for his playlist either, but what you call talking over is called stepping on and they all were required to do it in some fashion so as to discourage reproduction. Most announced the song as they were already playing it, others stepped on the last notes.  Jocko did it the best. he sang bass during the song and I adored that Grin

Here's a 30 minute sound check.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_DKAK77Lno
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2018, 09:34:51 AM »

To fend off nit-pickers, should have said air check.  ROF

BTW, peppering our English with Yiddish is common to most native Gentiles in NYC, not just DJ's.  I guess it stands out to you cause it's not a Guyland thing..
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2018, 07:09:41 PM »

From a website dealing with NYC radio: "He had numerous neurological problems over the last few years and his death was a consequence of choking. According to his son Chris, he did not suffer."
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2018, 11:01:40 PM »

The  MOST  talented  DJ  ever.   Great  voice-very bright,   funny,  and who  recalls his mid 60s  WABC  FM  show--believe was   mid 60s--played  classical music--

Cant find  any clips of that  on YT.  Loved his Cosell  intro-"Time to  broach the  coach."  Was  the HBO voice for yrs.

The  talking over the  instrumental   portion--weather,  ID  etc was  very common-esp  on the Bill  Drake  stations.  Robert W  Morgan  on KHJ  in LA was  very proud of how he  could talk  right up  to the first vocals.

RIP  Dan.
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2018, 08:11:55 AM »

Funny how your mental image of a person sometimes is WAY off. I always pictured "BIG" Dan Ingram as just that -- big and stout. Turns out, he was tall, that's all. Great voice for sure.

As Shandy said, I never liked the Top 40 stations format they forced on their deejays (the radio equivalent of TV's "Happy News"), or most of their playlists. The freedom that Jocko and Freed had in the 50s was far more satisfying, at least to me. If that is what payola wrought, I'm thankful for it!

Those Drake and Storz programmed stations paid a heavy price starting around 1966-67 with the switch to FM and the free form playlists on those outlets. AM radio pretty much became irrelevant overnight.
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2018, 12:27:18 PM »

Joe-but  the Drake  format--& style--  was in NYC at  WOR-FM.  Later  got into  album  cuts,  7 minute  Light My Fire  etc.   Babalu was an early  DJ.
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2018, 01:55:29 PM »

Joe-but  the Drake  format--& style--  was in NYC at  WOR-FM.  Later  got into  album  cuts,  7 minute  Light My Fire  etc.   Babalu was an early  DJ.

Yeah, a number of those earlier 60s guys did make the transition. But, for most of them, their real "glory days" were on AM radio which was, at their peak times, the be all and end all. I think Scott Muni was probably the jock who was most successful in making the switch to the FM band. On both coasts, pioneering progressive FM rock with free form playlists he chose.
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« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2018, 12:00:43 AM »

And  BMR  ended  up  on LA's  KMET-FM.
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« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2018, 08:01:38 AM »

And  BMR  ended  up  on LA's  KMET-FM.

Could be wrong but I think BMR started in SoCal, came to NYC, then ended up back out west.
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« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2018, 01:39:23 PM »

Really?  He came  west in 1958 to  follow his Dodgers I thought.

What stations before WMCA?
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« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2018, 06:52:46 PM »

Really?  He came  west in 1958 to  follow his Dodgers I thought.

What stations before WMCA?

Had to look up his station history:

KFWB, 1957-63 and 1965-67; WMCA (N.Y.), 1963-65; KPPC, 1967-68; KMET, 1968-71; KRLA, 1971-72; KMET, 1972-78; KLOS, 1979-82.

Real name Burton Mitchel Goldberg. Born and raised in Brooklyn.

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« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2018, 05:33:33 PM »

Joe-incorrect.   Was  on WMCA  before his beloved Dodgers  moved West  in 58..  Then  KFWB.  Very surprised if  he  spent  any time  in LA  before  WMCA.
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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2018, 07:04:50 PM »

Joe-incorrect.   Was  on WMCA  before his beloved Dodgers  moved West  in 58..  Then  KFWB.  Very surprised if  he  spent  any time  in LA  before  WMCA.

Doc, Here's his "bio" from the IMdb web site. According to this, BMR was not on WMCA until 1963 and was broadcasting in LA at least a year before the Dodgers arrived. First radio job (1956-57) WAS in NYC but on WOR, broadcasting jazz.

"B. Mitchel Reed was born Burton Mitchel Goldberg in Brooklyn on June 10, 1926. After graduating from Boy's High School in 1944, he became a navigator on a B-17 in Europe during the last year of World War II. He entered radio following a decision at the University of Illinois to forgo a career teaching political-science "for the boogie and the glamour of broadcasting". In 1956, he landed the all-night "Birdland Jazz Show" at WOR New York. In 1957, Mitch moved his "Boy On A Couch" show to KFWB Los Angeles and, there, became one of the original "Seven Swingin' Gentlemen" at the launch of Top 40 "Color Radio" in 1958. "The fastest tongue in the West" hosted a #1-rated 6PM-9PM high energy show using horns, bells and buzzers until February 20, 1963, when he was wooed back to his hometown as one of "The Good Guys" at WMCA New York."

He returned to LA after 2 years at WMCA, in 1965.
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