Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Scottso signs off for the last time 
No more Friday afternoon "Things from England." No more gravelly-voiced Professor. Scott Muni, legendary New York DJ and one of the creators of free-form radio, has passed away at the age of 74. I still miss the WNEW-FM of its 1969-80 heyday - with its quirky mix of Muni, Jonathan Schwartz, Alison Steele, Dave Herman, and the even quirkier B-team - Vin Scelsa, Michael Cuscuna, John Zacherle - all of whom were given jobs by Muni, who was the longtime Program Director at 'NEW.

That kind of intelligent radio is hard to find anymore - Scelsa on Saturday nights at WFUV, Schwartz on WNYC on weekend afternoons, here and there on satellite radio or the internet. It used to be the rule - now it's the exception. I miss it, and I'll miss Scottso.

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