Ralph "Ron Chapman" Frederick Chapman

January 25, 1936April 26, 2021

Ron Chapman, (Ralph Frederick Chapman), died April 26, 2021, of natural causes. He was 85.

Born January 25, 1936, in Newton, Massachusetts, Chapman has been heard on the airwaves in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since the 1950s. He began his radio career after high school graduation at WHAV-AM Haverhill, MA in 1953. After broadcasting for the U.S. Army in Korea, Chapman worked at WNHC-AM New Haven, and was shortly thereafter recruited to Dallas' KLIF-AM. Chapman spent six years at KLIF, co-hosting the highly successful "Charlie & Harrigan Show," before joining WFAA-TV in Dallas. He hosted a popular television program called Sumpin' Else, a live teen dance show broadcast from North Park Center. In 1968, Chapman joined a team that purchased KVIL-FM, a station known for pioneering the Adult Contemporary (AC) format. He remained at KVIL-FM for 32 years, serving as program director, music director, promotion director and morning personality. In the late 1990's Chapman joined KLUV-FM, an Oldies format that saw high ratings upon his arrival. He retired in 2005, but was summoned back to radio a few years later when ABC asked him to become the regular substitute for "Paul Harvey News." Chapman was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2010, into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2012, and is a multiple inductee into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

Chapman is survived by his wife Nance Murray Chapman, daughter Melanie Sherman, and grandsons, Elliott Sherman and Noah Sherman. No service is planned, but his family will raise a glass to celebrate a life well lived.


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Lori Richman

April 27, 2021

Ron was brilliant. I went to many of his coffee bar remotes back in the day. One day Dick Clark came by. We in the crowd laughed as these two voices talked about their careers. I won great stuff from Ron, the best being those front row tickets to Neil Diamond, a limousine ride and dinner at the Worthington Hotel. They had a money machine you could stand in for thirty seconds. Wind blew it around and you stuffed the money you caught into a box. I think I won 40 dollars. He’s the guy who in 1988 told his listeners to send 20 dollars and thousands did. Best radio prank ever and tons of money was donated to area charities. I remember the food bank in Fort Worth received a new refrigerated trailer. That stunt even made its way to a Jeopardy question and an article in People Magazine. He’s the guy who said Shirley Temple Black was in town signing her biography. He said that would be worth standing in line. Guess who called in sick at her brand new job and stood in line for 5 hours? When I see no jive headlines, I always think of Ron. That was a great part of his show. I remember his wife Nance, she was always there at his events. I even wrote him a letter several years ago and told him how much I missed his kind of radio. He wrote me back too. Rest In Peace Sir. This listener will never forget you. Lori Richman