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Why Did Scott Shannon Quit WPLJ?

2-11-14

The legendary New York City DJ Scott Shannon announced his retirement from WPLJ-FM on Friday and there was no long goodbye, Friday was his last day. Game over. Shannon's was a career at the station certainly worthy of much more than a few hours of callers wishing him well, but he said that's all he wanted. Shannon did not return repeated requests for an interview on Friday and the station referred our calls to Cumulus corporate in Atlanta. Shannon and Todd Pettengill had been hosting mornings on the station for 22 years. This final photo was posted by WPLJ's Race Taylor to his Twitter page.

On the final show Friday, Shannon said he's ready to move on from the station, stating it was time to go. Listeners were calling in to thank him and reminisce about old times. At the end of the show, Shannon thanked everyone he worked for along with way, including Lew and John Dickey of Cumulus.

Sean Hannity told Radio Ink, "Scott Shannon is not only the creator and pioneer of the AM Zoo format, a format copied all over the country, he's a great all around radio genius with the best EAR for good radio I have ever run into. I am proud to call him a friend, a mentor and am even more proud he is and will continue to be the VOICE of the Seam Hannity show. After a few best of shoes, Pettengill will continue as the host of "The Todd Show."

Shannon will continue to host his "True Oldies Channel."

 




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(4/28/2014 10:02:33 PM)
I was supprised to hear about Shannon's departure. I didn't listen EVERY day, but if I was listening in the morning, I was only on WPLJ with Scott and Todd. They had good chemistry but I noticed the last few months Todd was distant. Since the break up has been kept hush hush, it will always be a guessing game as to why the duo broke down. Sorry to say, Todd's new show is horrible. I tried for 3 Wks to listen to it...and I had to force myself to give it a chance. Still really bad.

- EverydayListener
(4/16/2014 8:49:26 PM)
Yup... I agree. WPLJ pretty much stinks in the time since Scott split. Items like big business and big egos got in the way ... Always penny wise/dollar foolish.
'm not an 'oldies' fan, but I've changed my car radio presets... Replacing PLJ w/CBS.
I'm sure sponsors are reading this too.

- Lori
(4/8/2014 3:54:37 PM)
Scott left cause of failed contract negotiations. He is now on 101.1 CBS FM with Joe Nolan, Patty Steele and Blanks all who were at WPLJ 1 time or another

- Ben

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