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Thursday, February 11th

The US Navy is condemning Iran for releasing video of a US sailor crying while being held by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard last month.  The video was aired on the Iran News Network.  Do you judge – in any way – a US sailor crying after being captured by Iran?  PLUS:  Girls just want to have guns!  There appears to be an increase in the number of women buying guns – some for hunting – some for protection.  Does your wife, girlfriend or daughter own a gun?  Is a woman with a gun less threatening than a man with a gun?  AND:  Actor Will Smith always encouraged freedom of expression with his kids, but admits that can be terrifying for a parent.  Are kids too free to express themselves today?  What’s most important when raising a child, structure & discipline or freedom to express?  
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Scoot: The true spirit of Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras 2016 is expected to be on the chilly side. The conditions will not be tropical and will be uncomfortable for many who plan to bear much flesh, but the party will go on! The spirit of Mardi Gras and the desire to be frivolous are stronger...
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Scoot: Battle over who is more liberal is bad for Democratic Party
The apparent need to label candidates, talk show hosts and even average citizens has reached a new high. Recently on the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have been trying to claim the title of the "most progressive candidate." ...
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Scoot: Rubio, Sanders and Fox News big winners in Iowa
It's exciting when the polls and the pundits do not accurately predict human behavior! And last night, the Iowa caucuses delivered a few surprises. Heading into to the caucuses, polls showed that Donald Trump had taken back the lead he briefly lost...
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Scoot: Does allowing ATV's on the street invite more crime?
It's another Monday and the news is splattered with stories about shootings and armed robberies all over the Greater New Orleans area. Is this now the New Orleans norm? There was even a shooting along a parade route in the pleasant bayou community of...
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Scoot: Hollywood's diversity problem is about greed, not racism
The belief that Hollywood consistently produces entertainment for the purpose of advancing a very liberal agenda is widely accepted as fact, particularly among conservative Americans, and that perception is reality to those who accuse Hollywood of...
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Scoot: Sarah Palin hints Obama to blame for son's arrest
What may seem to be defense of President Obama is actually condemnation of political hypocrisy! Sarah Palin, who made a splash back on the national political stage this week with her boisterous endorsement of Donald Trump, addressed the issue of her...
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Scoot: Are you celebrating or cursing low gas prices?
The panic set off by skyrocketing gas prices a few years ago has been replaced by a celebration over the plunging price of gas - but not everyone is celebrating. As Americans, we have a tendency to become panic stricken over trends – trends that...
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Scoot: David Bowie - R.I.P.
It was 2:40 am this morning - I turned on the news, as I often do, and the first story I saw was the news that rock icon David Bowie had died.   David Bowie lost his 18-month battle with cancer.  Bowie’s passing was shocking because his...
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Scoot: The Great Gun Debate and the silent moderate majority
The great gun debate in America is being defined by those with extreme views on both sides – the gun rights advocates and the gun control advocates.  As it is with so many political issues, the extremes on either side may define the issue, but...
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Scoot: Sean Payton loves New Orleans!
The speculation that Sean Payton may not continue to be the Saints head coach abruptly ended yesterday afternoon when Payton announced during a press conference, “This is where I plan on coaching!”  Payton added that he does not envision...
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No charges in Tamir Rice shooting death

You've probably heard by now that the Cleveland Police officers who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice won't be charged... what do you think of the verdict? And what did you think when you first saw the surveillance video?

Posted by WWL Radio on Monday, December 28, 2015
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Scoot is a radio legend throughout New Orleans and South Louisiana.  He has been described as an icon because of his years on radio and the impression he has had on many generations, from the Baby Boomers to today’s young generation.  Scoot is honored by the labels of “legend” and “icon,” but would never describe himself that way.  He is as humble as he is popular.

During the time Scoot was doing a morning show on FM and AM music stations in the market, he used his unique, satirical wit and creativity to earn the image of that guy you had to listen to every morning because you never know what he would say or do!  

Scoot had news people and producers to interact with on the air, but Scoot was one of the talented hosts who never needed a partner or permanent sidekick.  

Scoot has always been a radio personality who could be funny and irreverent, but always reserved the right to be sensitive to the more serious issues in the community and the country.  Even today, Scoot uses his position of being a native of New Orleans to provide a special local perspective on everything he does on his shows.  

In the late 80s, Scoot began to look at talk radio as his future and he began an ambitious effort to move from music radio to talk radio – something that many in the industry said was impossible because the audience would never accept Scoot as a radio talk show host.  Throughout his career, Scoot never accepted conventional wisdom about his career or radio and used the naysayers as inspiration to succeed.

At the age of 17, through a freak connection, Scoot had an opportunity to answer phones, get coffee and read the newspaper every morning for Bob Ruby, who was a popular radio host on WWL-AM in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  And from that first day on the job, “I knew I was going to make radio my career,” laments Scoot.

Scoot has always been a very ambitious and dedicated person who has never been afraid to do whatever it takes to reach his goals.  From the part-time assistant behind-the-scenes on “The Bob Ruby Show” on WWL, Scoot looked for any opportunity to get his first on-air experience.  It was through another freak meeting that Scoot convinced a small radio station in Mobile, AL to give him a shot doing a weekend shift.  He drove from New Orleans to Mobile every Saturday to sign a station on the air at 6:00 am and was on the air until Noon.  His pay - $2.00 an hour!  To get experience on the air, Scoot drove to Mobile every week for $12.00!

The Mobile experience eventually led to a weekend shift on the air on WWL-AM.  That was the beginning of what continues to be a stellar career. 

When the management of WWL made the decision to switch the format of WWL-FM from easy listening to a pop music format, Scoot was offered his first full-time job on the air.  In the early 70s, the lowest rated day-part on FM was the morning show and because of his lack of experience, that’s the shift they put Scoot on – 6:00 am – Noon.  Since Scoot had learned about morning radio from the show on WWL-AM, his instinct was to do a personality-driven morning show on FM, which was unheard of at the time.  Scoot literally invented “morning radio” in New Orleans and there is no evidence that anyone in the country was doing a personality-driven morning show on FM.  

Scoot’s instinct was right and his show began to get ratings in the morning on FM.  Scoot became known as “Scoot in the Morning” and the legend was born!

From WWL-FM, Scoot was hired by The Rock of New Orleans WRNO where he began attracting a bigger audience.  Scoot has unprecedented ability to relate to people – the audience.  His early attention-getting bits on the air included, overseas phone calls, to an Irish pub in Dublin, Ireland to get someone there to sing “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” live on the air.  

Radio and the world were very different during the early part of Scoot’s career and one question Scoot often responded to when he met listeners was “Scoot, how much is your phone bill every month?”  That illustrated how unique and creative the phone calls were at the time.  One recurring bit was to randomly call pay phones throughout the city and have fun on the air with those who picked up.

As his ratings continued to grow, B97 hired Scoot away from WQUE and that’s when he began to dominate the market with the top-rated show.  The on-air personality who had the courage to defy the status quo by doing a personality radio show in the morning on FM had become the #1-rated personality on the air!

Scoot was hired by a Program Director who respected his work to do a morning show in San Diego.  From there, Scoot worked out a deal to do radio and television at WKRG in the Mobile-Pensacola market.  Then back to New Orleans to do the morning show on WLMG Magic 101.9.

Scoot saw this as his opportunity to move into talk radio since the company owned WWL-AM.  With a few days of auditioning on WWL-AM, Scoot was hired as the midday host on WWL-AM.  The ratings more than doubled and Scoot because the first radio personality in New Orleans to be rated #1 on both music and talk radio.

Scoot’s success led him to talk radio in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle, Portland and Denver before returning home to WWL-AM-FM in New Orleans.

His wealth of knowledge and experience have made Scoot not just a radio personality who knows New Orleans first hand, but a radio personality that has learned about America and this is a big part of his appeal today in New Orleans.

Today, as a radio talk show host, Scoot is insightful, intelligent, but maintains his sense of humor.  His observations about local and national issues are quite, not only from a unique perspective, but quite often are made ahead of the same observations made by the most respect national TV news personalities.

Scoot is an incredible interviewer and after an interview with Tony Curtis, he got a call from Tony’s manager asking for a copy of the interview because they wanted to use that as an example of how everyone show interview Tony Curtis.  Scoot has been one-on-one with rock stars, country stars and celebrities of all types and his list in interviews includes people like Robin Williams, Ozzy Osbourne, President George H.W. Bush, B.B. King, Kevin Spacey, Gilda Radner and while in San Antonio, Scoot was the only person in the media Dennis Rodman opened up to.

Listening to him and looking at him with his energy and appearance, you would never believe Scoot has been on the radio for 40 years!

And there is little doubt that the best of Scoot is yet to come!



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