Friday, March 04, 2005

Dallas DJ Ron Chapman Retiring

After more than 40 years in Dallas radio, Ron Chapman announced his retirement (Dallas Morning News, registration required) yesterday. The KLUV-FM morning man will step down this June. Chapman came to Dallas as "Irving Harrigan" in 1959 during the Top 40 heyday of Gordon McLendon's KLIF-AM ("The Mighty 1190"). During the Sixties, he hosted the local TV dance show Sump'n Else on WFAA, which aired from the station's remote studio at Northpark Mall. Chapman really hit his stride during his three decades at adult contemporary powerhouse KVIL-FM.

Chapman is the exact opposite of a shock jock. His genteel, inoffensive banter is of another time, when radio was more of a constant companion for lonely housewives going about their morning routine. Chapman is also heavily invested in the community, which sharply contrasts with the trend toward syndicated radio personalities. The fact that he's managed to hang on this long says a lot about how good he is at what he does.

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