The Legendary Disc Jockey Scott Muni

August 1, 2017

Scott Muni was an American disc jockey

who worked at the heyday of the AM Top 40 format

then a pioneer of FM progressive rock radio

 

Rolling Stone magazine

termed Scott Muni 'legendary'

 

Muni moved to 102.7 WNEW-FM in 1967

WNEW had been running a format of pop hits and show tunes 

hosted by an all-woman staff

 

The Progressive Rock format

really took hold

with WNEW-FM becoming a legendary rock station

 

Muni stayed there for three decades

as the afternoon DJ and sometimes program director

Scott Muni was described by fellow WNEW-FM DJ Dennis Elsas 

as "the heart and soul of the place"

 

Scott Muni was known to his listeners

by the nickname "Scottso"

or "The Professor" emphasizing his rock expertise

Scottso sometimes spoke in roundabout phrases

and succumbed to progressive rock radio clichés

such as "That was a tasty cut from ..."

 

Scott Muni was close to John Lennon

After Lennon's murder he vowed to always open his show

with a Lennon or Beatles record

a pledge that he kept for the balance of his career

 

Scott Muni was inducted

into the Rock Radio Hall of Fame

"Legends of Rock Radio-Programming" category

for his work at WNEW in 2014

Scott Muni is also included in an exhibit display

of important disc jockeys at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

 

New York radio legend Scott Muni died September 28th of 2004

in New York Hospital at age 74

The pioneering rock DJ had been confined

to a rehabilitation center since suffering a stroke

 

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