Ron Chapman Obituary – Death – Murder: Has Died, Murder, Is Dead – Passed Away, Cause Of Death, Funeral: “The Loss of a Legend: Longtime North Texas disc jockey Ron Chapman, who spent more than four decades on the air in Dallas-Fort Worth, died today at the age of 85. Chapman was known for his positive humor and outrageous on-air stunts. One of the well-remembered stunts included broadcasting live while skydiving, a story reported on by NBC 5 in November 1981. According to a statement shared by the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, Chapman’s family “asks for time to process this loss, and thanks you for your kindness, understanding and prayers. There will be no service, but a public gathering of friends and colleagues is being planned.”
April 26, 2021, InsideEko Media. Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the passing of North Texas disc jockey Ron Chapman, who spent more than four decades on the air in Dallas-Fort Worth, died today at the age of 85, via social media posts on Twitter. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fans.
InsideEko is yet to confirm Ron Chapman’s cause of death as no health issues, accident or other causes of death have been learned to be associated with the passing.
This death has caused a lot of friends and family of Chapman so much hurt. It is in that mourning spirit that the concerned persons have taken to social media to share tributes to the deceased and condolences to the affected family.
Tributes To Ron Chapman
Across social media users’ timelines are statements that show respect, admiration, and gratitude towards Chapman as people mourn the passing.
“Legendary radio host Ron Chapman has passed away.
Ron was a longtime morning host at our sister station KVIL 103.7, where he worked with KRLD’s Mitch Carr.
There will never be another run like his. Forty-five years in one market. Thirty-two of them at the same station. He was No. 1 forever. He killed the competition. And every morning he was there for us, standing at his mic, drinking Dr Pepper, talking to the city.
By now, everyone knows the story about how, in 1988, Chapman asked his KVIL listeners to send in $20 each, without ever saying why, and took in $240,000. (The money was later distributed to local charities.) They’ll still be telling that story when Chapman’s grandkids have carpool duty. Here are a few other stories about Chapman’s career, told by those who knew and worked with the legend.
Jack Woods partnered with Chapman in the early ’60s on Gordon McLendon’s KLIF. Chapman’s on-air name was Irving Harrigan. Woods’ was Charlie Brown. He’s now retired and owns a winery called Orangewoods near San Diego.
“In, I’m going to say ’62 or ’63, Jack Kennedy, I think, did a 50-mile hike. And it suddenly became a craze. The country was going to get in shape. Everyone’s going to do a 50-mile hike. So Charlie and Harrigan came on and said, ’We’re going to do our hike. Everybody bring your water. Put on your walking shoes. Bring walking sticks. Be sure to wear a hat. And we are going to walk all the way from the Sheraton Hotel to the so-and-so life building.’ They were on the same block, but nobody caught it. Nobody. Oh, Lord. Thousands showed up. They filmed it. And even then they didn’t get it. They thought we were going 50 miles. So we all lined up, and we said, ’Okay, hoooo!’ And we started to walk. And we walked around the corner and stopped. We said, ’Okay, that’s it! Thanks a lot, everybody!’ They were pissed off, and they loved it. We did that to our audience constantly. We put them on constantly.”
Bud Buschardt worked as the unit manager on Away We Go and Sump’n Else, two television shows that Chapman did for WFAA Channel 8 in the mid-’60s. He’s now a program director for ABC Dallas radio and an adjunct professor of TV production at the University of North Texas.
“We did Sump’n Else at NorthPark. It was a 45-minute show. In fact, the jingle was ’the fastest 45 in the West.’ It was based on Ron’s experience with Top 40 radio. The kids had to wear coats and ties on the show. In order for us to match the standard, the three of us guys on the floor crew went out and bought blazers. So I had just had my jacket cleaned.
“We had this little kinkajou honey bear. It was our mascot for the show. It was an itty-bitty bear. It almost looked like a squirrel. It would dance on kids’ shoulders. Anyway, I was holding this animal on my shoulder, on my freshly cleaned jacket, and it got a little excited. Chapman thought that was funny. You know, because I’d just paid to have the jacket cleaned.
Jody Dean was Chapman’s producer at KVIL from 1987 to 1994. He’s now a news anchor for CBS Channel 11 and will replace Chapman on KLUV’s morning show.
“The guy would give you the shirt off his back. About 20 years ago, I’d barely started working at KVIL and was the overnight deejay—the lowest life form in radio, with an equivalent lifestyle. I was driving an older beat-up Nissan, and my alternator went out one night while on the way to work. Into the breach jumped Ron, who offered to loan me his brand-new Cadillac Seville. I’d never been in a Cadillac Seville. I wouldn’t even park near one. Gratefully I accepted, and drove off in his North Dallas wheels while they towed my Fort Worth bomb away. It was also an opportunity, and that night Ron’s car found itself parked outside every cool bar and nightclub on Greenville Avenue. Of course, back in those days, I was also given to partaking in the pleasures of cannabis and had a couple of joints with me for the ride. Both of which I left, unconsumed, somewhere in Ron’s car. Didn’t think about it until after I handed the keys back to him. He never said anything to me about it. I never brought it up with him, either. But I’ve wondered ever since.”
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