Years on air: 1985-1991. I was barely in high school when I got the radio bug in 1984 and managed to score a weekly show at another nearby college station, but getting on WPRB became a goal, which happened a year later. I became a volunteer DJ during seasonal breaks, plus emergency fill-ins during the school year. I’m not sure there were any other WPRB DJs as young as I was at the time. Since then, my professional career in radio has taken me all over from stations in Philly to Los Angeles. I continue to champion new music and push the envelope with the spirit of college radio as my inspiration.
Favorite bands: XTC, The Fall, Let’s Active, Elvis Costello, New Order, Talking Heads and Devo are among my all-time picks.
Memorable on-air moment: At WPRB, I got to interview Martin Atkins (Public Image Ltd./Brian Brain), Dramarama, Salem 66, Chris Hartford and my fellow schoolmates, Dean and Gene Ween before they were signed to a label. A lesser fond memory would be the cockroaches in the basement of Holder Hall that were the size of your thumb!
Advice for current WPRB DJs: The role of a WPRB DJ is part showbiz. Remember, when the mic is on, you’re in the spotlight. Be prepared with what you’re going to say and have fun.
Bonus Audio: Here’s a pair of mic breaks from Scott’s show, circa 1987.