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Old 05-10-2004, 06:22 PM   #93
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Unhappy May 10th, 1982 - The Day the Music Died

It was on this date, May 10th, 1982:

WABC was over as Dan Ingram and Ron Lundy does his final show. They played some music from over the years and then Dan Ingram and Ron Lundy discussed about WABC through the years from 1961 to 1977. Before the end of the show, they played a special 36-minute WABC music montage featuring snippets and jingles from all of the years from 1955 to 1982. The show ends with special thank yous and finally, the last record played on WABC was the by John Lennon called "Imagine". It was the end of an era for Top 40 AM radio. WABC talkradio had arrived that afternoon. The first talk radio show on WABC after the format switch was the "Art Athens Show" with Dan Ingram and Ron Lundy. Listen in its entirety, the last show on WABC as a Top 40 station (music was edited out during that aircheck):

The special WABC music montage can be heard here:

That same day that WNEW-FM ran a special 2-hour documentry with Scott Muni called "A Tribute to Musicradio WABC". It can be heard in 3 parts:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

(Airchecks courtesy of and Jonathan Wolfert of JAM Creative Productions.)
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