Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,
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Passing of a legend...

I'm a pretender of a rock DJ, but compared to Scott Muni, everyone else is a pretender, too. No doubt I've heard his voice thousands of times, but what's coming to mind right now is his hosting the rebroadcast of Harry Chapin's 2000th concert on WNEW, right after Harry died... which I guess is over 20 years ago, now.

The friend who passed along this sad news is pretty sure Scott was older than the stated 74, but she's happy to let him have this one.

I think I'm going to listen to classic rock all night. Even though for Scott Muni, it was just rock. He made it classic.

To: #ABC News Radio ALL
Subject: FW: scott muni dead at 74

Subject: scott muni dead at 74

scott muni dead at 74

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Disc jockey Scott Muni, a radio veteran known as "Scottso" and "The
Professor" who became a legend for playing the Beatles, died last
night. He was 74.

Muni, who has worked at WAXQ (104.3 FM) since 1998, recently
suffered a serious stroke and had not returned to since.

Affectionately known as "Scottso" and "The Professor", Muni's daily
show aired weekdays on Q104.3 from Noon to 1:00pm kicking off each
broadcast with his signature "Beatles Block."

Born in Wichita and raised in New Orleans, Muni was the son of a
pioneer in aviation. He served in the Marine Corps and could be
heard on Radio Guam. Even back then, Muni knew how to keep them
listening. His popular feature, "Dear John" included the reading of
letters of fellow serviceman who had been unceremoniously dumped by
their girlfriends back in the States.

One of Muni's earliest radio jobs found him replacing Alan Freed at
Akron's WAKR. He first graced the New York airwaves in the late '50s
as a "Good Guy" when he was the evening DJ on then Top 40 WMCA. In
1960, Muni moved to WABC, where his four-year stint was intertwined
with the onset of Beatlemania. He first did late evenings at WABC
and then settled into the early evening shift where he remained
until 1964.

Breaking new ground in FM Radio, Muni moved to WOR-FM and then in
late 1967 to WNEW-FM, where he would spend the next 31 years of his
career. As program director of WNEW, Muni is credited with turning
WNEW into one of the country's first progressive rock radio
stations. He also provided an outlet for the protest songs and
alternative music of the time. Muni enjoyed the same legendary
status as the artists that he played and is featured side by side
with them in an exhibit that honors radio personalities at the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Muni hosted countless syndicated radio programs including "Scott
Muni's World of Rock" and "Ticket To Ride." Muni's trademark
gravelly voice was featured in a "Rolaids" commercial ("How Do You
Spell Relief?") as well as in promotional announcements for ABC's
Monday Night Football.

In August 1972, while holding several people hostage, a desperate
bank robber called Muni while he was on the air. Three years later,
that bank robbery would be turned into the Academy Award Winning
Film "Dog Day Afternoon."

Very active in area charities, Muni served on the boards of the TJ
Martell Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy and World Hunger Year. In
2003, he was presented with the March of Dime's Lifetime Achievement
Award.

Muni counted amongst his friends many of the artists he interviewed
throughout the years including Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Mick
Jagger and Bruce Springsteen. Muni maintained a very close
relationship with Yoko Ono and the Lennon family.

CCNY and Q104.3 express their deepest condolences to the Muni Family
and to all fans and listeners who followed Scottso over the years.
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