It's Official: Scott Shannon To Wakeup CBS-FM Beginning March 3rd
February 25, 2014 at 3:56 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS was the first (NET NEWS 2/24) to uncover a page hidden on the WCBS-FM website that revealed the mystery of where longtime WPLJ/NEW YORK morning co-host SCOTT SHANNON would end up. Now it's official.
NET NEWS reported last night that he's crossing the street to do wakeups from 6-10a at CBS Classic Hits WCBS-F, effective MONDAY, MARCH 3rd, working with PD JIM RYAN.
ALL ACCESS reached JIM RYAN last night, but he declined additional comment before we initially published the posted press release.
According to the press release found on the site, "SCOTT SHANNON IN THE MORNING" will also feature MR. G (IRV GIKOFSKY) providing weather reports, and JOE NOLAN with all the latest traffic information for morning commuters.
"Not often does a legendary morning drive personality become available with the experience of waking up New Yorkers for more than 25 years," said CBS RADIO SVP/Market Mgr. DON BOULOUKOS. "CBS-FM is a heritage station, and the perfect place for Hall Of Famer SCOTT SHANNON. We are thrilled to welcome SCOTT and his award-winning personality to CBS-FM and the CBS RADIO family."
Current middayer RON PARKER appears to be the odd man out, with morning host DAN TAYLOR sliding to the midday slot, as the release continues: "The station's local weekday lineup continues with DAN TAYLOR in middays (10a-3p), BROADWAY BILL LEE from 3-7p, BROOKLYN's own JOE CAUSI from 7p-12a and DAVE STEWART from 12-6a. CBS-FM, consistently one of NEW YORK's most popular radio stations, is available on-air at 101.1FM, online at cbsfm.com and through the Radio.com app for a variety of mobile devices.
Added RYAN, “We've assembled an enormously talented team to help listeners start their day off right, with all the authenticity and character of a great local NEW YORK radio show. That theme continues throughout the day with an ensemble of proven personalities who are beloved by the audience. This is one of the strongest lineups in all of radio."
SHANNON's Hall Of Fame radio career has spanned in excess of four decades with more than 25 of those spent doing mornings in NEW YORK. He is credited with developing the Morning Zoo format which he brought to WHTZ in the early '80s, and helped make the station #1. His next stop in NEW YORK was WPLJ where he co-hosted the SCOTT and TODD in the Morning program. SHANNON spent 22 years at the station, helping reshape adult morning radio, and enjoying ratings success throughout the years.
Reaction to the news has been positive, with one ALL ACCESS reader writing, "That's one incredible line up of talent, if the next generation of Oldies is to prevail its been given the tools to do so in market 1."
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