So good old Jim Scott is retiring from his morning radio show. That’s big news in this area. There are more than a few entertainment/media legends in Cincinnati, Ohio and Scott is certainly one of them.
The first time I listened to Jim Scott was in the early 1960’s. I remember getting on a grade school bus in East Enterprise, Indiana and the bus driver was listening to Jim Scott on the radio. The station was WSAI and they were playing rock music.
Move up more than a few years and WSAI changed their format to Country Music. That’s right, good old Jim Scott was spinning Country records for a while. He more or less put up with it.
At some point—and I don’t really remember when—he went to WLW and I continued to listen for a bit, but that station, as a whole, just isn’t and wasn’t for me, simply too conservative. The guy replacing Scott, Mike McConnell, worked there for decades before moving on to a larger city. Now, he’ll be back and will work at WLW until he’s dead, Perhaps that sounds mean, but WLW is sort of the radio version of “60 Minutes” if you get what I’m saying.
I’m going to say this too: When it comes to 700 WLW, the best thing about it was and is Jim Scott.
Like McConnell, Scott also left Cincinnati for a little while—I think he went to New York—but he didn’t stay long. Most of his 54 years on the radio has been in the Tri-State.
I think I’ve even been in the same room with Scott once or twice, but we never were actually introduced to one another. Go figure. If we ever are introduced, I’m gonna tell Scott that I’ve got a Grippo Potato Chip bag in my back pocket for good luck. You see Grippo Potato Chips was a sponsor. . . oh, never mind.
Was Scott a little “white bread” at times? Maybe, but it doesn’t really matter. Being on the air for over five decades shows that he was doing something right and he always has come across as a very likable guy—you know, good old Jim Scott. For the most part, it was like listening to a dear, trusted friend.
Nothing but the best of luck to you, sir.
(Image from the Cincinnati Enquirer)