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Why Did Scott Shannon Quit WPLJ?


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."


(3/18/2015 4:28:56 PM)
Many years listening to Scott and Todd and now am listening to music on my phone... can't find the banter I use to always enjoy in the morning with Scott and Todd. Todd Show is such a disappointment. Will start listening to Scott, Patty and Joe!

- Kathi
(2/2/2015 10:05:01 PM)
Hey there Jerky! This is Pizza Pie Mcgoodle and there's a cement truck parked in my noodle soup!

- Ted
(1/30/2015 8:16:02 PM)
This was more than Scott needing to move on. I really hated the sophmoric phone scams, who sees the humor in upsetting old ladies till they are almost in tears. I can't listen to the morning show any longer after 20 yrs as a devoted listener. Coinsidence or not all 3 former member of the morning show Pattty, Joe & Scott & I also heard Brad Blanks on the air once didn't all show up there for nothing. My guess Todd was difficult to work with

- Annie Cushing
(1/30/2015 2:00:22 PM)
If anyone believes this was anything less than Shannon being squeezed out by management, Pettengill or both you are delusional. Pettengill is floundering now in ratings. He hired new cohosts who are nothing short of dreadful, his skits were always a bore (really, phone scams, still?) but have somehow gotten worse. It is an embarrassment. Whereas Shannon's WCBS show seems fresh, fun and easy to listen to. Which is why he is tops in the ratings.

- Paperless
(1/30/2015 8:52:32 AM)
I have not been able to tune in to what was know as the Big Show since Scott left. It is simply horrible, after having them wake me up every morning for almost twenty years I was so sad - they were great together...this morning, however, I came across Scott Shannon Joe Nolan and Patty Steele on CBS fm - now I have a new station to wake me up with some very familiar hosts.

- connie durino

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