Well, 2016 is already here and the holidays are fading in the rear view mirror. Another season of Christmas Music is now over and we have completed our year-end countdown show. The Big 50 Countdown of 2015 aired on Star 96.7, both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. I have been doing countdown shows (for real and for fun) for well over 30 years and I never tire of listening to them and putting them together. Just my way of channeling my inner Casey Kasem (the undisputed countdown king!). It’s also a nice connection to the countdown shows I listened to on New Year’s Eve as a kid. If you missed it and want to scope out the list, click here!
Here’s my desk for most of the end of December putting the show together!
In my line of work, concerts tend to be…get to the show at the last minute…or incredibly early…jump on stage and warm up the crowd/pass along announcements/or be totally ignored by the audience, then get shuffled off and out of the venue before the artists even start playing.
This year, we have had a bumper crop of great shows…ones that have been a treat to watch and enjoy! Plus with the great weather, the trips to the “sheds” has been *gasp* fun!
Daryl Hall and John Oates making a rare concert appearance at RiverEdge Park in Aurora.
The always fun and talented Huey Lewis and The News at Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin.
My first time seeing Train at First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre. Pat Monahan really is a fantastic entertainer! (Okay…you were right, Andi K).
…Plus you never know when you’ll meet at real Mermaid (from South Bend, Indiana)!
Hanging backstage with Matt Nathanson at First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre.
I have introduced a lot of musicians over the course of my career, but this was a completely new and surreal experience! Every year, the band 7th heaven sails the seas with their friends, fans and 6000 other guests on Royal Caribbean’s mammoth cruise ship “Oasis Of The Seas.”
This year was different. While the band has performed acoustically in the small clubs on the ship or during karaoke night, this time, they were to take center stage on the Aqua Theatre on the last night of the cruise. Full band, instruments, lights, video, the whole ball of musical wax!
Thanks to Richie Hofherr and the entire band for letting me introduce them. Thanks for a great 60+ minute set and thanks for some great memories on the high seas!
Hard to believe that I have made it to twenty-five years behind the microphone! It all started at midnight on Sunday November 12th on the second floor of the McKeon Law Building in a small studio at WJTW-FM (93.5), Joliet’s purveyor of lite hits.
I proceeded to botch the reading of the legal ID, going from “Turn Your Love Around” by George Benson into the ethereal “Orinoco Flow” by Enya. I not only said my name wrong, but also gave an incorrect time check. Despite some nervous moments, things got better and somehow I find myself 25 years down the line (and an estimated 8000 shows later) still at it, now at the helm of Star 96-7 (as program director and afternoon host), also based out of the southwest suburbs. Star 96.7 has a lineage back to 93-5 ‘JTW through numerous ownership and format changes.
Over the years (and you can see where I have been here) I have been lucky enough to work all of them right here in Chicagoland, a big feat in itself. Many in the business never make it back to Chicago, so for that I am very fortunate.
Scott with Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante
Thank you to my first boss and mentor, Jim Murphy for making the day special. He stopped by while I was on the air and brought, not only Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante (who presented me with a humorous, yet humbling proclamation), but also a commemorative plunger, signifying “25 Years Down The Drain.” He also presented me with a hat full of “fireman’s balls,” a reference to an early attempt at on-air comedy, that went astray (and almost cost me my job).
Scott with Jim Murphy, the plunger and “fireman’s balls.”
It was a wonderful moment that I will never forget and I appreciate the gifts. But more-so, I appreciate all that have listened to my various shows, reports, bits, updates, commercials and foolishness that I have been providing for the past quarter-century. It’s the listeners who have made it all worthwhile. They say if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. That’s exactly how I feel!
After a second battle with cancer, my West Highland White Terrier, Flurry! gave up his
fight in August after a very long life. He was once a Sun-Times “Pet Of The Week,” he had his own website and even appeared at his own remote broadcast at a pet store when
I was on-air at Windy 100. He was well loved by friends and family alike.
The “!” in his name is no typo, it was part of his name and who he was.
His name described his color as well as his demeanor – a ball of energy.
He loved everyone he came in contact with and now is at rest and in no pain any longer.
One co-worker said that Flurry! was a Rock Star. He certainly was.
He was my best friend and I will miss him very, very much.