Ron Chapman back in Radio

by Bob Hamilton on 06/30/2008, 09:59 AM

Tags: dallas , citadel , ron chapman

Legendary radio personality Ron Chapman makes his return to Dallas/Fort Worth
radio today with the launch of Platinum 96.7, formerly The Twister. The
station's format will shift from Country to a play list primarily comprised
of early Rock and Roll classics from the 60s and 70s but will also include
hits from the 50s and early 80s. Chapman, who spent more than 45 years as an
on-air personality in the market and is a member of the Texas Radio Hall of
Fame, will serve in a consulting role and be responsible for putting together
the station's talent, imaging and music.

"The opportunity to play architect and create a new station in the Metroplex
from the ground up is a new and exciting challenge for me," said Chapman. "We
see a niche here that we can fill by offering listeners a play list that
includes a more extensive library. We'll be keeping alive music that some
others have forgotten with vintage hits from artists like Buddy Holly, Bobby
Darin and Early Elvis. But we'll also have some fun with more recent sounds
like Elton John, Eagles and The Doobies."

Chapman began his career in Dallas radio in 1959 at KLIF as a member of the
"Charlie and Harrigan" team. He also had a stint on television with the local
ABC affiliate, WFAA-TV, where he was featured in the mid-60s on the "Sump'N
Else" show. Chapman joined KVIL in 1969 where he would remain a fixture for
32 years. In 2000 he became the morning host at Oldies Radio 98.7 KLUV and
remained there until he retired from broadcasting in 2005. At that time,
statistics indicated he was the most-listened-to morning radio personality in
the history of the Southwest.

Platinum 96.7 will broadcast with live, local talent and offer a wide variety
of 60s and 70s-based music including songs from pre-1964, which marked the
arrival of the Beatles. In addition to John, Paul, George and Ringo, the
station will provide its local audience with timeless hits from Neil Diamond,
The Carpenters, Simon and Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt and Tom Jones. The
station's on-air personalities will include Larry Dixon and Gayle Lightfoot
in the morning, Vic Thomas mid-days and Wendi Westbrook for afternoon drive.

Platinum 96.7 is part of Citadel Broadcasting Corporation, which also owns
WBAP and KSCS in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Citadel is the third largest
radio group in the United States, with a national footprint reaching more
than 50 markets and is comprised of 165 FM stations and 58 AM stations in the
nation's leading markets. The company also owns ABC Radio Networks, which is
one of the three largest radio networks in the United States. For more
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