Musicradio 77 WABC
The Greatest Top 40 Music Radio Station Of All Time!
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Last updated November 14, 2017



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The Musicradio WABC Picture of the Week
(updated every Tuesday night)

Dan Ingram's "Top 40 Satellite Survey" 

In 1984, Dan Ingram's contract with ABC finally ran out so he was free to move on to other possibilities.
"CBS Radio Radio" offered him the opportunity to do a countdown show along the lines of Casey Kasum's  wildly popular "American Top 40".

CBS's idea was for Dan to do the recorded show as if it was live.
He recorded it in real time rather than in segments so, for example, if he made a mistake, he would adlib around it rather than edit it out.
The show's architect, Bob VanDerheyden, was trying to capture Dan's amazing spontaneous abilities.
It was also distinctive in that it ran for three hours (not four) and he counted "up" (not "down") to Number One.

The show was moderately successful but was competing in a very crowded field.
Dan was late to the genre so finding affiliates wasn't easy.
Plus, those not familiar with Dan from WABC didn't always get the concept.
A mistake sounded like... a mistake.
It ran from April 1984 until December 1986.

These are promos for the show used by affiliate stations:

This is the first segment of a show that aired the weekend of August 17, 1984:


(sound files courtesy Claude Call)

This Week's Anniversary WABC Music Surveys!
Updated Every Tuesday Night
(WABC New Survey Day!)

November 13, 1962
November 14, 1967
November 14, 1972
November 15, 1977


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Web Site Index

WABC Musicradio 77 Web Site Introduction

The introduction to this web site and why WABC was the "greatest Top 40 radio station of all time".

The Sound of Musicradio 77 WABC

Hundreds of WABC recordings including airchecks, interviews and promos.

The Evolution of Musicradio WABC

A chronological audio trip through WABC's time as a top 40 radio station. 

WABC Weekly Music Surveys

Every music survey from 1960-1982.

WABC Top 100 Songs of the Year

The WABC Top 100 Songs of The Year lists from 1964 to 1982.

WABC Jingles

WABC is the most famous radio station ever for its jingles from legendary companies like PAMS of Dallas, and JAM Creative Productions.

Musicradio WABC: Those great DJ's!

The great WABC DJ's!

WABC Air Schedule

The complete list of the dates and times that each air personality was scheduled on WABC from December 1960 to May 1982.

New York Radio Personality Harry Harrison Remembers

Harry Harrison did the "Morning Drive" show on WABC from 1968 until 1979. Harry contributed an unbelievable collection of memorabilia to this web site.

Musicradio WABC Rick Sklar Page

Rick Sklar was the programming wizard behind Musicradio WABC. 

WABC Glenn Morgan Page

Glenn Morgan came to WABC as Assistant Program Director/Production Director in 1971. He became Program Director in 1975 and Operations Director in 1977.

Al Brady Comments

Al Brady was program director of WABC in 1979 and 1980. 

Les Marshak's WABC Odyssey

Les wrote his story and contributed airchecks.

Musicradio WABC Frank Kingston Smith Page

Frank Kingston Smith contributed some "inside" stories about some of his experiences at Musicradio WABC.

Musicradio WABC Bill Epperhart Page

WABC Engineer Bill Epperhart contributed a fascinating look at what it was like to be a Studio Engineer at Musicradio WABC.

Bob Hardt and WABC News

Bob Hardt was the voice of WABC News every afternoon during Dan Ingram's show.

Musicradio WABC Beatles Page

WABC successfully aligned itself with the greatest pop music phenomenon of all time: The Beatles.

Why Did WABC Have Such a Great Signal?

You really could hear WABC everywhere (or so it seemed).

Julian Breen Remembers

Julian Breen was Assistant Program Director at WABC from 1968-1971.

The Day The Music Died

It all came to an end on May 10, 1982.


Musicradio WABC Pictures and Memorabilia

A Virtual Tour of the WABC Studio in 1978

Pictures of the Musicradio WABC studio at 1330 Avenue Of The Americas

The WABC Studios in 1964

Before WABC moved to the famous "Avenue of The Americas" address, it was located at 1926 Broadway in New York.

My Letter from Dan Ingram

I wrote to Dan and got a letter back... in 1972!

WABC Musicradio $25,000 Button

One of the greatest radio promotions anytime, anywhere!

WABC Profiles And Tributes by Scott Benjamin

Scott Benjamin has contributed many tributes and profiles to the web site from those who worked at WABC during the Musicradio era.  Here is the archive of his contributions.

Dan Ingram at the Museum of TV and Radio

"Hi, Kemosabe! A Conversation with Dan Ingram" was a presentation Dan Ingram gave at the Museum of TV and Radio in New York City on October 25, 2001.

Dan Ingram: In His Own Words

Allan Sniffen hosts an original  program featuring Dan talking about his career from his early days on into the 2000's.   As originally broadcast live on Rewound Radio July 2, 2016 

Harry Harrison's Last WCBS-FM Show

Former WABC personality Harry Harrison did his final show on WCBS-FM on March 19, 2003. 

Ron Lundy's Final Days on the Radio

Former WABC Air Personality Ron Lundy retired from WCBS-FM on September 18, 1997.

WABC Rewound!

WABC re-created itself each Memorial Day between 1998 and 2009.  It was inspired by this web site! 

The Top 77 of All Time

Yearly surveys of the top songs of all time as voted by you!

The New York Radio Message Board

Discussion of current New York Radio topics!

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