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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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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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WLTW Holds at Number One; WCBS-FM Closes Gap Slightly in 2nd

wltw_2010_200x90By JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

It’s a familiar pattern: WLTW/Lite-FM was the top-rated station in the 6+ Arbitron PPM ratings for May.

The nearest competitor, WCBS-FM, dropped .1 to 6.1, but it was still the Classic Hits home’s closest position to WLTW in many books.

WBLS remains locked in third with its newfound success as part of YMF Media. It saw a .3 rise to 5.9.

Z100 arrived at 5.9 from the opposite direction, slipping .1.

It was an impressive month for Classic Rocker WAXQ/Q104.3, gaining .3 to 4.6 to fifth place.

WINS was next with a 4.5, down .2 from May. WCBS 880 was on the slight uptick to 3.7. Sister station WFAN (with its combined AM and FM simulcast) had a 2.8, a slight improvement.

ESPN New York/WEPN-FM remains in the distance with a 1.6, although jumping .3.

WNYC had the biggest fall for June, losing .5 to 1.8.

Cumulus’ NASH-FM, in “plateau mode,” picked up .1 to 1.9, while Penn Plaza co-tenant WPLJ improved .2 to 3.2 just missing a Top 10 showing.

‘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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WLTW Keeps Lead Over WCBS-FM for March

wltw_2010_200x90By JERRY BARMASH

It’s not whether WLTW/Lite FM wins or loses in the monthly ratings, it’s by how much it claims victory.

The story remains the same as Clear Channel’s 106.7 took number one in the Arbitron overall PPM for March.

Lite upped its rating to 7.8, from 7.6 for February. Its closest rival once again is WCBS-FM. The Classic Hits station did see a .3 boost to 6.4.

Even better gains could be found at Z100/WHTZ. Next on the Clear Channel hit parade, Z100 jumped .5 to 5.6.

YMF Media’s WBLS dropped slightly to 5.3, but still a fourth-place showing.

Related: WNYM Program Director Leaving the Station

There is a gap before number five, WINS with 4.5, down .2 for the month. Sister station WCBS 880 saw a .3 drop to 3.5.

It’s a good finish for Classic Rocker WAXQ/Q 104.3 with a slight improvement to 4.3.

The Spanish formats cracked the Top 10 for March. WSKQ slipped .3 to 4.1, while WXNY lost .2 to 4.0.

More ratings analysis after the jump

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