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Scott Shannon Makes ‘Choice’ to Start Anew at WCBS-FM

shannonCBSFMMonday can’t come soon enough for Scott Shannon. The legendary air personality is about to embark on the next phase of his career–fronting WCBS-FM’s morning show.

Earlier this month, Shannon parted ways with WPLJ, announcing he was retiring from the station after more than two decades co-hosting morning drive with Todd Pettengill.

No one should be surprised by Shannon’s quick action for a return to radio.

“Sometimes when you read, one word is more dominant than the other,”  Shannon tells Tuned In. “But it always said retired from ‘PLJ. I guess no one’s ever retired from a station.”

Without delving into the nuts and bolts of his departure, Shannon says it was his choice to leave after more than 22 years.

“I was involved in the decision,” Shannon says. “It was just time to make a change.”

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No Change in the July Arbitron Ratings: WLTW Take First, WCBS-FM Keeps Second

wltw_2010_200x90If the familiar is boring, then WLTW/LITE-FM is the most boring station. Of course, WLTW is also the most popular, winning the overall (6+) Arbitron ratings for July. WLTW did see a slight drop from June (6.8 to 6.6), but its nearest competitor WCBS-FM also made an about-face. The classic hits station took a .4 nosedive for the month, after closing within a tenth of a point behind the Clear Channel juggernaut.

WBLS held third place with a 6.0 (down .2 from June).

No change for Z100/WHTZ. Fresh off celebrating its 30th anniversary last Friday, it maintained a 5.5.

The first gains of the month are registered by Spanish station WSKQ in fifth position. The SBS-owned station jumped .9 to 5.1.

Status quo for rocker WAXQ/Q104.3 at 4.5, while sister station WKTU made a modest improvement to 4.6.

WINS took a step back to 3.9 (down .4 from last month). WCBS 880 kept pace at 3.6.

Emmis’ lone New York entry Hot 97/WQHT saw a nice .5 boost to 3.1.

WFAN, with its dual AM-FM simulcast, dropped slightly to 2.9. However, ESPN 98.7/WEPN also took a step back to 1.4.

New York’s Country home: NASH-FM/WNSH-FM landed at 2.0, losing minimal ground from June.

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Scott Shannon Relives Z100’s Debut 30 Years Later

shannonBill Cosby helped rejuvenate the sitcom genre in the 1980s. It was in the same era that Scott Shannon gave a much-needed boost to Top 40 radio in New York. Shannon was charged with turning an inconsequential signal at 100.3 FM into a flamethrower frequency. WVNJ was playing a mix of beautiful music by day and jazz by night, when Cleveland-based Malrite Communications purchased the station. Studios were in Secaucus, New Jersey, and licensed to Newark, but to make it attractive to listeners across the Lincoln Tunnel, a transmitter was built atop the Empire State Building.

Related: “Never Say Never” for WPLJ’s Shannon Staying with Morning Show

Thirty years ago today, Z100/WHTZ was born. But Shannon knows any birth needs a gestation period.

Tuned In sat down with Shannon recently at his office high above Madison Square Garden. The Hall of Fame broadcaster was initially reticent to discuss the early days of Z100.

“You still have to be respected for what you’re doing today, not what you did yesterday,” Shannon says. “I really don’t spend a lot of time looking in the rear view mirror. If I have a sucky show today, then I feel sucky. I don’t care if I had a great show at Z100 28 years ago. It’s not going to help me.”

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WCBS-FM Pulls Within an Eyelash of LITE-FM in June Ratings

wcbsfm2007It’s familiar territory for WLTW-FM. The Clear Channel top-rated station kept its streak alive winning the overall Arbitron PPM ratings for June. LITE-FM slipped .2 to 6.8.

The bigger story is WCBS-FM, creeping ever so close to WLTW. It was a huge month for the Classic Hits favorite with a .6 jump to 6.7, its best showing of the year, and just .1 behind the perennial numero uno.

WBLS continues its dominance at number three, adding .3 for June to 6.2.

WHTZ/Z100 fell .4 to 5.5. There’s a gap until sister station WAXQ arrives in fifth place at 4.5, a slight drop from May. WKTU had a slight improvement to 4.4.

WINS is the news ratings champ with a 4.3, although a .2 setback.

WFAN, maintaining its dual station properties (66 AM and 101.9 FM), gained .2 to 3.0. For those who think WEPN/ESPN 98.7 FM is half as good as the FAN, the ratings would indicate that. ESPN slipped .1 to a 1.5 in the overall litmus test of listeners.

Of note, WNSH, now featuring America’s Morning Show from Nashville, got a .2 boost to 2.1. Also in the Cumulus stable, WPLJ slipped to a 3.1, while WABC took a slight tumble to 2.7.

 

‘Never Say Never’ for WPLJ’s Scott Shannon Staying with Morning Show

ScottBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Scott Shannon has been lauded with several Hall of Fame honors. Half of WPLJ’s Scott and Todd (Pettengill) morning show since 1991, Shannon is also responsible for putting Z100/WHTZ on the map 30 years ago.

Last week, CNN named Shannon as one the country’s all-time great air personalities. The list includes Cousin Brucie, Casey Kasem, Wolfman Jack, and Howard Stern.

“I’m not in that league,” a humbled Shannon tells Tuned In. “I was more of a program director/personality. Now I’m just a personality.”

Last June, Cumulus hired John Foxx as WPLJ afternoon jock and program director. It marked Shannon’s first time in New York without the dual role of management and the morning man.

“I’ve been through four different ownerships [at ‘PLJ]. When the new people came in they wanted a fresh approach,” Shannon says.

Shannon, 65, admitted that he initially wasn’t comfortable with the reduction of duties.

“In about 90 days, it was obvious to me that I didn’t mind assuming this role,” Shannon admits.

Called by many a programming genius, Shannon praises the job Foxx has done.

“I work in conjunction with him,” Shannon says. “If he needs any input from me, I’ll give it to him.”

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