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Jim Scott Retires; Mike McConnell To WLW Mornings

Jim Scott Mike McConnell 700 WLW CincinnatiJim Scott is ending his 30+ year run in mornings at iHeartMedia News/Talk 700 WLW Cincinnati.

Scott has hosted the WLW morning show since 1984 and has worked almost exclusively in Cincinnati since 1968 outside of a brief stint at WNBC New York in the early 1970s. Scott’s final day will be Friday, April 3.

Mike McConnell will take the reigns of the WLW morning show on Monday, April 6. McConnell previously hosted mid-mornings at WLW from 1986 through 2010 before an ill-fated run at WGN Chicago.

Jim Scott announced that he will retire from his on-air duties after 30 years with the station. Scott’s last day on-air will be Friday, April 3, 2015 but he will continue working closely with the station. A Tri-State favorite, Mike McConnell will become 700 WLW’s new morning show host, beginning Monday, April 6, 2015 – the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day.

Jim Scott first came to Cincinnati in 1968 and after a brief stint at WNBC-AM in New York in 1972, he returned to the city and has been on the air since. Each weekday morning since 1984 he has been waking up 700 WLW listeners. Scott was the winner of the 2002 Marconi Award for Large Market Radio Personality of the Year and played a key part in 700 WLW receiving the 2014 Marconi Award for News/Talk Station of the Year.

“47 years of waking up the Tri-State has been such a privilege,” said Scott. “I’m looking forward to saying thank you on the air till my favorite day of the year Opening Day. See you in the Findlay Market Parade.”

Mike McConnell will move to mornings on 700 WLW, hosting weekdays from 5-9:00am. He joined the station in 1986 and hosted mid-days for 25 years. From 2010-2013 McConnell served as an on-air host for WGN in Chicago. He returned to WLW in 2014 as an on-air host.

“We are ecstatic for Jim and want him to enjoy the next phase of his life,” said Market President, Chuck Fredrick. “A heartfelt thank you to Jim for making such a positive impact in our community, while starting our day with the most popular show in the Tri-State.”

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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