Roger Scott

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b. 23 October 1943, Barnet, England, d. 31 October 1989. In 1961 Scott joined the Merchant Navy, travelling frequently to the USA. The style of music broadcasting there was unlike anything available (legally)…
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b. 23 October 1943, Barnet, England, d. 31 October 1989. In 1961 Scott joined the Merchant Navy, travelling frequently to the USA. The style of music broadcasting there was unlike anything available (legally) in the UK. He was employed first in New York and subsequently in Montreal as a ‘Brit’ disc jockey, before being lured back to the UK in the early 70s by the prospect of legal commercial radio. Initially he worked for the United Biscuits Network, a factory broadcasting system that spawned several successful disc jockeys. In 1972 he spent two months with Radio 1 under the pseudonym Bob Baker, before joining Capital Radio, London’s first commercial music station, in 1973. He stayed with Capital for 15 years. He was approached to be London anchor for the American radio syndication of Live Aid and the Nelson Mandela concerts. He then moved to Radio 1 in 1988 and took over from Johnnie Walker on the Saturday Sequence, and also hosted a late-night Sunday show. However, Scott was diagnosed with stomach cancer in the summer of 1989, but worked on until two weeks before his death. Scott was a presenter who cared passionately about the music he played, he did much to further the career of Bruce Springsteen in the UK and regularly played lesser known R&B, doo-wop and Rock ‘n’ Roll on his Cruisin’ programme. Scott once said that every record he played gave him a thrill, in anticipating what his listeners would think of the track. Few DJs could sustain the enthusiasm that Scott put into his work.