Jon left radio and got into record promotion in a big way. First, he did local promotion for MCA and then National Album Promotion for ABC Records. He was instrumental in breaking Tom Petty’s “Breakdown.” Then, MCA bought ABC Records, so now. Jon was doing promotion for MCA. He would later become VP of Promotion of Petty's Backstreet Records. Tom petty thought so much of Jon that the fifth song was dedicated to Jon on Tom Petty’s very last show. The song was “I Won't Back Down.” Because Jon loved Petty’s music and knew “Breakdown” could be a big hit. Tom Petty’s tribute to Jon Scott is available on YouTube.
As I look back at my life, I realize that working at FM100 was one of the best jobs I ever had, not to mention one of the most exciting. Of course, radio wasn't always going to be like this; I just didn't know it at the time. All the jocks got every album that came out and good tickets to every concert. That never happens now, and all the freedom to pick the music you are going to play is also gone. Now, you get a computer printout of what you are going to play. Tom Petty nails the changes in radio with his song “The Last DJ,” check out the lyrics. I’m just thankful that I was there for a taste of radio when it was fun and creative. I was one of the last DJs who could really play what they wanted to play and say what they wanted to say.
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