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Dan Ingram Dies: Famed Radio DJ Chokes on Steak at 83

Dan Ingram Dies: Famed Radio DJ Chokes on Steak at 83

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By    |   Wednesday, 27 June 2018 09:11 AM

Dan Ingram, a famed New York radio DJ, has died at age 83 after choking on steak at his Florida home Sunday.

He was diagnosed with Parkinsonian syndrome in 2014. His son Christopher Ingram told The New York Times that his death happened after he choked on a piece of steak.

Ingram started his career on New York radio in 1961 at WABC after starting his long broadcasting history at stops in Dallas and St. Louis, the New York Daily News said. He moved into talk radio in 1984 at WKTU and then WCBS from 1991 until his retirement in 2003, the newspaper noted.

"Dan Ingram was probably the most influential, most powerful and most popular top-40 jock in the history of New York radio," WCBS-FM's Bobby Jay told the Daily News. "I remember the late Sonny Taylor and I would listen to him when we were at WWRL and we loved it. His mind was sharp as a razor."

National Public Radio said Ingram became a favorite among listeners for his wisecracks and spoofing song titles, while ridiculing both artists and sponsors. The Daily Mail wrote that he was also known to fans as "Big Dan" and "Kemosabe."

"I don't think anybody ever executed the format better or was more entertaining than Dan Ingram," Allen Sniffen of MusicRadio77.com, told NPR. "It was like directing a symphony. He was funny. He could make you laugh over a five-second record intro."

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

"He combined humor, an irreverent style, and impeccable timing and established himself as the leading rock radio personality in North America," Ingram's Hall of Fame biography said. "Ingram was the master of the 'talk-up,' speaking over the introduction and finishing his thoughts at the exact moment the lyrics started."

Looking back on his career in 2001 at the Museum of Television and Radio, Ingram said a letter from a listener stuck out in mind on why he did radio for so long, according to Newsday.

"I got a letter, neatly typed, and in the middle paragraph, this person wrote that 'I was a battered child, and one day, standing on the Brooklyn Bridge with a transistor radio, you made me laugh, and I didn't jump.' Maybe that's what made it all worthwhile."

Online tributes were led by radio icon Don Imus and Christina Ingram, one of his four daughters and best known as nationally known entertainer DJ Empress.

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