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The "Legendary" Scott Shannon

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:01 am
by pbergin
>>STEVE BORNEMAN. "During the last 12 months, we’ve been able to elevate WPLJ to some of its highest ratings ever, clearly positioning us as one of the leading stations in NEW YORK.<<

Yup, extraordinary... from a 2.9 share to a 3.3!!!!!!!!!!!! My gawd they're in 10th PLACE!!!!!!!

He's a flippin' genius all right. :lol:

Re: The "Legendary" Scott Shannon

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:14 am
by mrrnb
The only entity properly positioning itself is Shannon. I want some of his fairy dust.

Re: The "Legendary" Scott Shannon

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:36 pm
by TheMaxPower

I wish I had 1/100th of the great Radio fortune Shannon has had. And you thought Houdini was a master Magician & Illusionist! Hey good for him. Wish it was me. Or even you.

Re: The "Legendary" Scott Shannon

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 2:00 pm
by pbergin
He;s a hype artist extraordinaire, no doubt about it. It never fails to amaze me how he can exploit the talents of people like Cleveland Wheeler, JR Nelson, Ross Brittain etc and claim the success (and the money) for himself.

If you ever heard his True Oldies channel you'll know what he REALLY sounds like when he has to do what most of us have always had to do. Produce the show on our own.

But, I agree with the idea that he should get whatever he can carry away from radio. Grab the cash and dash!!!

Re: The "Legendary" Scott Shannon

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:31 pm
by mattalan
Some of the comments above have some validity, however, I worked for Scott at WHTZ NYC.
He truly is the greatest top 40 programmer that I have had the pleasure to learn from. No, I am not kissing his ass. I am simply being honest.
Magic Matt Alan

Re: The "Legendary" Scott Shannon

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 6:36 pm
by pbergin
I worked for him too. I saw him take a spectacularly successful radio station (WPGC) straight into the toilet. I've never seen the bottom come out of a station so quickly in my life, so my point of view about him is defined by that experience.

I do understand that, as he's matured, he's mellowed quite a bit. That's good, I'm happy for him since he was not a very happy man back when I knew him. He was also the most egotistical horses ass I'd ever met. I understand that that has changed as well, and that's good. It's hard not to like the guy, even though you might find him a bit difficult to take.

I will say this... that guy has THE best ear I ever ran across in my life. He can sniff out a hit 20 miles away. The guy KNOWS a hook, whether it's in a song or in a radio bit.

Re: The "Legendary" Scott Shannon

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 10:33 am
by jjmckay gotta remember he was drinking back then. I came in with Steve Kingston just after he left and heard the stories at the legendary PIG!!!

Re: The "Legendary" Scott Shannon

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:31 pm
by pbergin
'PGC was legendary all right. I still have an aircheck of Shannon, drunk as a skunk talking about "getting IN YOUR PANTS!!!" :lol:

"The Rodent" was no better as I understand it. Woodside recounted to me how he and Elliott went in for a raise, and asked for "what we're worth." Rodent told them "OK, I'll lower your salaries by $20,000 each." They walked out on the spot and signed with Q-107 the next day.

That was the end of the PIG dominance of AM drive right then and there.

Re: Shannon/Kingston

Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 4:42 pm
by jimwalsh
I worked with Steve Kingston briefly in the mid-nineties and I'll say this: I learned more in five minutes with the guy... 8-)