FMQB is saddened to report that WAXQ/New York's Scott Muni passed away last night at the age of 74. Muni spent over fifty years as a broadcaster, starting his career while in the Marines in the 1950's. Early in his career he replaced the famous Alan Freed at WAKR/Akron before moving to New York in the late '50s, starting on Top 40 WMCA, then WABC during the peak of Beatle-mania. In 1967, Muni joined WNEW, where he would spend 31 years. As PD he made WNEW one of the nation's first progressive rock stations and played many of the important artists of the era. He spent the past six years at WAXQ.
Scott Muni was also the host of many syndicated programs as well as the voice of national TV ads and even Monday Night Football. Also, the inspiration for the 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon came from an incident where a bank robber called Muni while he was on-air.
Muni was very involved with numerous charities around the New York area. He also befriended many artists, and was close friends with Yoko Ono and the Lennon family.
Currently, WAXQ's website (www.q1043.com/main.html) only features a tribute to Muni, along with the legendary Beatles quote, "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."
Scott's wake will be this Saturday & Sunday from 2 to 5 and from 7 to 9 at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel on the corner of 81st & Madison (1076 Madison Ave, New York, New York 10028...212-288-3500)
Scott's funeral will take place on Monday at 10AM at St. Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Avenue. Flowers are welcome. Donations in Scott's name may be made to the TJ Martell Foundation, 555 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10022.