Scott Muni dies

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at
Wed Sep 29 14:02:01 CDT 2004

>From Newsday at:,0,6955337.story?coll=sns-ap-entertainment-headlines

'The Professor' of Rock Scott Muni Dies
Associated Press Writer

September 29, 2004, 1:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- Disc jockey Scott Muni, the
gravelly-voiced radio host whose encyclopedic
knowledge of rock 'n' roll made him "The Professor" to
three generations of New York listeners, has died at

Muni, who spent nearly 50 years on air in the nation's
No. 1 radio market, died Tuesday. he had suffered a
stroke earlier this year. But the cause of his death
was not immediately known, said Josefa Paganuzzi,
spokeswoman for Clear Channel New York. 

Muni's last gig was an hour-long afternoon show on New
York classic rock station Q104.3, where he landed in
1998. He also hosted many nationally syndicated
programs during his career, including "Scott Muni's
World of Rock" and the Beatles-oriented "Ticket to

He was included in an exhibit on radio personalities
at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. 

Muni's voice was instantly recognizable, a low rumble
announcing the latest tunes from the Beatles to Bruce
Springsteen to Pearl Jam. 

As the program director at WNEW-FM, he was one of the
leading acolytes of the freeform radio movement and
became a major influence on the next wave of DJs. 

Known to his listeners as "The Professor" or
"Scottso," Muni was renowned for his interviews with
artists such as Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Pete
Townsend and Springsteen. 

In one of his more memorable encounters, Muni was
speaking with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page when
the musician suddenly collapsed to the floor in
mid-sentence, wiped out by days of partying. The
unflappable Muni simply put on a record, woke Page up,
and conducted the rest of the interview with the
guitarist lying on the studio floor. 

Muni was a die-hard fan of Bob Dylan and the Beatles;
after the 1980 murder of John Lennon, the DJ began
opening his shows with a Beatles song. 

"I did it all," Muni once said when asked about the
one thing he wanted to do before dying. "Some I did
more than once." 

Muni was born in Wichita, Kan., and raised in New
Orleans. His broadcasting career started in the
Marines. He could be heard on Radio Guam reading "Dear
John" letters sent to his fellow servicemen. 

Back in the United States, he replaced Alan Freed in
Akron, Ohio, before arriving in New York City in the
late '50s as one of WMCA-AM's "Good Guys," serving up
Top 40 fare. He switched to rival WABC-AM in 1960, and
was there during the height of Beatlemania. 

But it was when he switched over to the new world of
FM that Muni found his perfect place on the radio
dial. He arrived at WNEW in 1967, helping create one
of the nation's first and longest-lasting alternative

In addition to his radio work, Muni asked, "How do you
spell relief?" in a Rolaids commercial. He also did
promotional announcements for ABC's "Monday Night

There was no immediate word on a memorial service, but
Clear Channel-owned Q104.3 planned a weekend-long
tribute to Muni featuring the music of the Beatles. He
is survived by his second wife and five children.

-Brian in Atlanta
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