Not long after Shannon left Cumulus’ Hot AC WPLJ-FM NYC over failed contract negotiations, CBS Radio’s Classic Hits WCBS-FM 101.1 has named him as its new weekday morning driver, it was announced by PD Jim Ryan. He starts 3/3. John McConnell, Managing Partner, ACM Broadcast, represented Shannon in his new deal.
The news surfaced just as former Shannon co-host Todd Pettengill’s new show debuted on WPLJ. Now they’ll be competitors, but for somewhat different demos.
“Not often does a legendary morning drive personality become available with the experience of waking up New Yorkers for more than 25 years,” said Don Bouloukos, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS Radio New York. “CBS-FM is a heritage station, and the perfect place for Hall Of Famer Scott Shannon. We are thrilled to welcome Scott and his award-winning personality to CBS-FM and the CBS Radio family.”
The station’s local weekday line-up continues with Dan Taylor in middays (10:00AM-3:00PM), Broadway Bill Lee from 3:00-7:00PM, Brooklyn’s Own Joe Causi from 7:00PM-12:00AM, and Dave Stewart from 12:00-6:00AM.
Added Ryan, “We’ve assembled an enormously talented team to help listeners start their day off right, with all the authenticity and character of a great local New York radio show. That theme continues throughout the day with an ensemble of proven personalities who are beloved by the audience. This is one of the strongest lineups in all of radio.”
Shannon’s Hall of Fame radio career has spanned in excess of four decades with more than 25 of those spent doing mornings in New York. He is credited with developing the Morning Zoo format which he brought to WHTZ in the early 80’s, and helped make the station No. 1. His next stop was WPLJ where he co-hosted the “Scott and Todd in the Morning” program. Shannon spent 22 years at the station.