Born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of a career army Sergeant, Scott was an army brat bouncing around the world, in and out of 18 different elementary
and junior high schools, touching down in such exotic locations such as: Osaka, Japan, Detroit, Tacoma, East St. Louis, San Diego, and finally landing in Indianapolis for his High School years.
There he played football, baseball, and of course being in Indiana, basketball. But his real love was music and radio. He lived in his family’s basement where he set-up his own little make-believe radio station.
Armed only with his dad’s Silvertone 45 RPM record player and a beat up, Revere reel-to-reel tape recorder, he broadcast his own daily radio show, but only to himself and the tape recorder.
At the age of 17, halfway through his senior year of high school, Scott decided to drop out of school, move out and pursue his dream of becoming a real radio disc jockey.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned for the aspiring D.J. The Radio industry didn’t welcome him with the open arms he imagined, so he supported himself with various odd jobs as he hit the road from Indianapolis to Little Rock to Los Angeles looking for work in radio.
Scott thought his road to becoming a radio D.J. hit a bump in the road when Uncle Sam came calling and invited (drafted) him to become part of the U.S. Army, instead it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. While serving in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, he got his very first radio job, working weekends at WFBS-AM 1490. He was off and running. After being transferred to Fort Benning, Georgia, he quickly hooked up with WCLS-AM 1580 Columbus.
Shortly thereafter, Scott was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, and went on to get his first full time job, working the 7 p.m. to midnight shift at WABB Radio in Mobile, Alabama.
It was there where “SUPERSHAN” was born. He was the fastest mouth in the south. The ratings exploded, finally hitting an unheard of 72 share of the nighttime audience.
From Mobile, “SUPERSHAN” made stops in Memphis and Nashville with more huge ratings stories.
By the time he hit Hotlanta, he dropped the teenybopper “SUPERSHAN” moniker and returned to being Scott Shannon. Again, ratings exploded in Atlanta, taking QXI from 10th place to 2nd place in under 2 years.
Scott’s next radio challenge came in Washington D.C., where he programmed WPGC-FM. Once again the ratings gods shined on him, he left the station firmly planted in the #1 spot.
From D.C. he headed for sunny Tampa, Florida where he took over as program director and morning show co-host at WRBQ-FM. It was there that Scott along with sidekick, Cleveland Wheeler, developed the famed “Morning Zoo” format.
Scott described the “Zoo” as a “Saturday Night Live”, “Tonight Show”, and Talk Radio hybrid, along with generous portions of parody songs, comedy skits, and biting editorials. Within 12 months, WRBQ (known as Q-105), developed the biggest share of adult listeners of any radio station in America. The “Morning Zoo” was the biggest hit in U.S. Radio.