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Scott Shannon Signs Contract Extension With WCBS-FM

Scott Shannon Morning 101.1 WCBS-FM New YorkScott Shannon has signed a multi-year contract extension with CBS Radio to remain in mornings at Classic Hits 101.1 WCBS-FM New York.

Shannon joined WCBS-FM in March 2014 after 23 years at Cumulus Hot AC 95.5 WPLJ.

CBS RADIO station WCBS-FM 101.1 today announced it has signed acclaimed broadcaster Scott Shannon to a new multi-year contract, extending the popular host’s run as the anchor of morning drive. Launched March 2014, “Scott Shannon in the Morning” is broadcast weekdays from 6:00-10:00AM, ET.

Scott’s wake-up team includes co-host Patty Steele, Joe Nolan with all the latest traffic information for morning commuters, and weather reports provided by CBS 2 New York’s John Elliott. Since the show’s debut, the station’s weekly cume has grown nearly 20% to approximately four million listeners.

“Scott has been more than just a great addition to WCBS-FM’s morning line-up – he has had a tremendous impact in elevating the station to its premier position in New York,” said Scott Herman, Chief Operating Officer, CBS RADIO. “We are privileged to work with such a legend in our industry, and I appreciate our relationship both personally and professionally.”

“This is the perfect place for me and the perfect time to be at WCBS-FM,” said Shannon. “I love my morning show team and you couldn’t find better people to work with and for than Scott Herman and Jim Ryan [Program Director].”

“Since Scott Shannon joined the station, he has created a new awareness of WCBS-FM in the market, and we couldn’t be more thrilled he will be with us for years to come,” said Jim Ryan, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO and Program Director, WCBS-FM and Fresh 102.7 (WWFS-FM). “There is nothing better than knowing WCBS-FM fans will continue to jump start their day with the famed Scott Shannon for a long time.”

WCBS-FM, consistently one of New York’s most popular radio stations, is available on-air at 101.1FM, online at cbsfm.com and through the Radio.com app for a variety of mobile devices.

Shannon’s Hall of Fame radio career has spanned in excess of four decades with nearly 30 of those spent doing mornings in New York. He is credited with developing the Morning Zoo format, which he brought to WHTZ-FM in the early 80’s, and helped make the station No. 1. His next stop in New York was WPLJ-FM where he co-hosted the Scott and Todd in the Morning program. Shannon spent 22 years at the station, helping reshape adult morning radio, and enjoying ratings success throughout the years.

He has received accolades from many respected broadcast industry institutions including:

o National Association of Broadcasters (Washington, D.C.)
· Broadcasting Hall of Fame, 2003
· Marconi Radio Award – Syndicated Personality of the Year, 2010
o National Radio Hall of Fame (Chicago)
· Inducted 2006
o New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame
· Inducted 2012
o Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame (Nashville)
· Inducted 2012
o Billboard magazine
· Air Personality of the Year (various years)

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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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