DALLAS (CBSDFW) – The Texas Radio Hall of Fame shared the news of the passing of Dallas radio icon Ron Chapman.
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Chapman, who was inducted to the Radio Hall of Fame three times, started his career in 1953—the day he graduated from high school, according to his bio on the organization’s website.
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Ron Chapman’s radio career began in 1953—the day he graduated from high school—when he became a disc jockey at station WHAV/Haverhill, MA. After working for two years with the Voice of the United Nations Command in Korea , Chapman moved to Connecticut and station WHNC/New Haven. In 1959, as “Irving Harrigan” he joined the staff KLIF/Dallas, where he teamed up with Jack Woods (a.k.a. Charlie Brown), playing records and providing character voices as stars of the popular Charlie and Harrigan Show.READ MORE: Uber Driver Stabbed, Carjacked By Passenger In Grapevine, Police Say
In 1969, Chapman joined the staff of KVIL-FM/Dallas-Fort Worth as morning disc jockey, music director, and program director, bringing the “adult contemporary” format to FM radio. During his 31 years at KVIL, Chapman became famous for his upbeat humor and his participation in outrageous stunts and giveaways. At one point, Chapman broadcast live while skydiving from a plane. In one infamous stunt, Chapman told his listeners to each send $20 to the station; within three days, the station had received $200,000 (the money was donated to charity).
In 2000, Chapman moved to KLUV/Dallas, an “oldies” station where he stayed until announcing his retirement from radio in 2005. In 2007, he returned to broadcasting part-time as a “permanent substitute” for legendary broadcaster Paul Harvey.
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The organization said no service will be held for Chapman, but a public gathering of friends and colleagues is planned.