FM radio legend Scott Shannon abruptly announced his retirement Friday morning from WPLJ/95.5 after more than 20 years of giving commuters his popular mix of music, news and a cheerfully no-nonsense New York attitude.
"Of course, I'll miss being a part of the morning show here on PLJ and I might even pop back in from time to time and try to get Todd to play a Rascals song or two," Shannon, 66, said during his "Scott & Todd in the Morning" drive-time show, co-hosted with Todd Pettengill.
"Scott and I had an amazing run and I'll miss our mornings together and cherish the memories we made," Pettengill, who will continue with his own "The Todd Show" during the same 6-10 a.m. slot, said in a statement.
Shortly after the surprise announcement, Shannon and Pettengill's own Facebook page assured listeners, "Nope, it's not an early April Fool's joke. Today is Scott Shannon's last day after 23 fun-loving years at 95.5 PLJ. Thanks for all the kind wishes."
Shannon -- also known as a turnaround expert who famously took Z100 (WHTZ/100.3) from last place to first almost immediately upon his arrival there in 1983 -- has had stints in markets from Los Angeles to Nashville to Tampa, Fla. He remains the voice of the syndicated radio network "The True Oldies Channel" and the announcer of "The Sean Hannity Show," all part of Cumulus Media, owner of WPLJ.