Guardian Angel: Scott Muni

A pioneer of FM progressive rock radio, Muni spent more than 50 years on the radio in New York City, most famously at the legendary WNEW-FM, where he served as afternoon DJ and sometimes program director for more than 30 years. Known as “Scottso” or “The Professor” for his deep musical knowledge, Muni became friendly with many of the artists he promoted on the air, including Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger, the Grateful Dead, and perhaps most famously, John Lennon.

In the mid- to late 1980s, the station held massive concerts on the beach on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, often featuring local acts like Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, John Eddie, the Smithereens and Glen Burtnik, who played alongside national acts like Robert Cray, Joan Jett, the Georgia Satellites and Nick Lowe.