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Night Oldies Show
Shannon began his career in 1969 at WAAB in Mobile,
Alabama. In 1971 he moved to WMPS in Memphis. From there he went
to WMAK in Nashville spending three years as Program Director
& Air Personality. After a stint as National Program Director
for Mooney Broadcasting, he headed to Atlanta to WQXI. LA beckoned
next as he then accepted a position with Ariola Records.
Prettyman hired him as WPGC's Program
Director on March 19, 1979. Scott faced the onslaught of ABC's
successfully. When he left the station in 1981, WPGC had regained
the Top 40 crown in DC. Then it was off to program Q105 in Tampa
where he developed the Morning Zoo concept, one he refined even
further when launching Z100 New York in the Fall of 1983.
Radio in LA came next for him followed by a return to the Big
Apple as morning host of the syndicated 'Scott
& Todd' morning show, originating at WPLJ.
Most recently Scott was inducted into the NAB Hall of Fame.
And his True
Oldies Channel show is syndicated nationally.
Sunday night, 'Shannon
on the Radio' turned back the clock to the Golden Years
of Rock & Roll on WPGC, playing many of the very songs
the station had made famous when they were new. This particular
show aired the night before WPGC's 26th Anniversary on 10/20/80
(actually, the date was incorrect but let us not get bogged
down in mere technicalities).
often played songs off of vinyl records which had long since
fallen out of the regular WPGC library. Predictably, the occasional
disaster would ensue when a well worn 45 would skip painfully
on the air. Such was the case on this show when Bobby Vee's,
'The Night Has A Thousand Eyes' got stuck in a rut. Moments
later, Bobby Day's, 'Little Bitty Pretty One'
does the same thing on the same turntable. Shannon's plea to
'Marty with the Party' for help was actually to WPGC
Sachs (who sometimes was heard doing a late night weekend
spinned tales behind the songs and artists, played requests
sent in by listeners and generally relived the era with them
while obviously enjoying himself. Curiously, for a station that
had such a wealth of jingles
over the years, no era appropriate station jingles
are heard on the show. And periodic segues from song to song
with no identifying element between them are heard, something
highly unauthentic to the period when those songs were new.
of the highlights of the show however was Scott's practice of
playing old airchecks. This night he featured one of Russ
'The Weird Beard' Knight on KLIF in Dallas from 1962. Interestingly,
it happened to be the exact same one that Harv
Moore had played on 12/31/71 as part of the Rock
& Roll Generation special. One surmises the old
tape must had been sitting in the record library all those years
waiting for another play!
speaking of the former WPGC Morning
Mayor, a few moments of Harv in action from 10/10/72 are
heard as part of a station montage produced by midday guy (and
future WPGC morning
Foxx which also includes snippets of WPGC Money
with (another former WPGC morning
as well as part of a 'Missing
voiced by then General
for current promos
from this aircheck,
two are heard. The first voiced by Dave
Foxx is for a charity fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald
House. The other is by the morning
show of the time, Jim
Elliott & Scott
Woodside, touting their faces on the new WPGC Elliott
commuter coffee cup available at Washington area 7-Eleven
first round of Deregulation was still a way off yet so Public
Service commitments still counted in 1980. WPGC Soundoffs
had long been a vehicle for listeners to gripe about seemingly
anything. Two are included on this tape;
the first done by overnight jock, Shauna
on capital punishment and the latter by Dave
Foxx on questionable Redskins plays.
most contained herein are read live by Scott for Jack's Oldies
in College Park (where no doubt replacement copies for many
of the records that skipped on the air were acquired!).
WPGC Sunday Night Oldies Show continued after Shannon
left the station in 1981 with new host, Skip
Nelson through 1982. When station management made the disasterous
decision to change the format to Adult Contemporary late in
Top 40 was relegated to Sunday nights and the Oldies
Show moved to Saturday nights, hosted by Lee
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