Scott Shannon, one of the leading DJs and programmers of the
last five decades abruptly announced he was leaving New York’s WPLJ(FM) on
Friday. He was noncommittal on his future plans.
Shannon had been co-hosting the long-running “Scott &
Todd in the Morning” show. According to a release, the show was currently the
longest running show in New York at 22 years.
The show will continue as “The Todd Show,” with co-host Todd
Pettengill taking over solo.
Shannon said, “Of course I’ll miss being a part of the
morning show here on PLJ and I might even pop back in from time to time
and try to get Todd to play a Rascals song or two.”
WPLJ is owned by Cumulus Media. Cumulus EVP and Co-COO John
Dickey said, “Scott’s contributions to the industry and the station are
incalculable and we thank him for his many years of amazing service
and dedication to his many morning listeners.”
That would almost be an understatement. Like many in the
radio business, much of Shannon’s career has been as a vagabond. He’s worked in
tiny AMs and in larger markets such as Nashville, Tampa, Fla., Los Angeles, New
York and Washington — including successful stops at major powerhouses such as
WPGC(FM), Washington, and WHTZ(FM), New York.
He has a reputation as a turnaround artist, able to take
moribund stations and push them to the top as a DJ and as a manager. He is
given credit as a founding developer (and practitioner) of the “Morning Zoo”
Shannon also has worked syndicated shows, currently helming
Cumulus-syndicated “The True Oldies
Channel.” He’s also the announcer for “The Sean Hannity Show.”