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Dan Ingram

Dan Ingram, during his stint at WIL Radio in 1959-60 (Courtesy of the St. Louis Media History Foundation)

Word in the radio business tells us that Dan Ingram — once part of the most popular disc jockey staffs in STL — has died at the age of 83.

Ingram worked at WIL in 1959-60 and is a member of the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame.

"He was here at WIL when it was in the Coronado Hotel," said Frank Absher, head of the St. Louis Media History Foundation. "A very funny man who was part of WIL's exodus to WABC."

Back in that day, at 1430 on the AM dial, WIL was the hottest hit station in town and boasted a staff that included Ingram, Ron LundyGary Owens (the baritone-piped announcer on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In") and the legendary Jack Carney.

The jocks all left St. Louis about 1960 and headed to WABC in New York. Their departures allowed KXOK (630 AM) to take over the hit-radio throne.

(Carney, of course, returned to STL and KMOX in the 1970s to revolutionize talk radio.)

Ingram retired from broadcasting in 2003 and was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007, where his bio includes the notation that Ingram was "considered by some to be the best Top 40 DJ of all time."

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