Friday, January 20, 2006

3 Questions for Bob Shannon

All hail Bob Shannon, the CBS-FM deejay who abruptly lost his gig when the station changed to the Jack format (which is doing quite poorly in the ratings, serves 'em right). (OK, I'll admit I often like the "iPod-on-shuffle" playlist of Jack. But I wish that Infinity had "flipped" a less happening station - say, Mix 102.7 - to the format instead of CBS, which had such a great legacy and such a great amount of local goodwill. New York City without a station that'd play "On Broadway", "I Love How You Love Me" or "5 O'Clock World"? For shame.)

He is asked three questions by Time Out New York here.

Bob (a fellow Syracuse U. alumni, yay) was CBS-FM's greatest and funniest deejay, and co-wrote one of the great pop music trivia books of all time - Behind the Hits. (In honor of the late Wilson Pickett*, check out his entry on In The Midnight Hour, with the unforgettable story of how Jerry Wexler "danced" the groove in the studio.) Get this guy back on the air!!

*One of my all-time soul faves is "99 1/2 (Won't Do)", co-written by Wilson and Steve Cropper, who contributed perhaps the most brilliant guitar intro of all time. Got to have a hundred! Damn. Wilson always gave his all, was the epitome of soul, and will be greatly missed.

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