Baraboo’s Baby Boomers can return to their youth every Friday morning.
WRPQ is airing a live weekly oldies show, with longtime area disc jockey Gene Allen Scott playing music from the 1950s through the ‘70s.
“It’s the music we all grew up with,” Scott said. “It’s kind of the wallpaper of our lives as Baby Boomers.”
“The Fabulous Fridays Oldies Show” celebrated its first anniversary last month, and last week added a third hour. Response from listeners and advertisers has been strong, station owner Jeff Smith said.
“We love the show because it brings some real variety on Friday,” Smith said. “It’s something special to get your Friday started.”
Raised in Reedsburg as Gene Pfeil, Scott got his start at a Wisconsin Dells radio station in 1968. Over the next two decades he bounced around several stations, primarily in the Madison area, as an engineer and on-air personality. He also DJed an estimated 1,400 dances and other events over the course of 40 years.
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Scott left radio in 1987 to become a dispatcher for the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department, and later sold real estate. But a year ago, Smith lured him back behind the microphone.
Smith said Scott’s energetic, free-flowing style drives the oldies show. “He’s truly doing show business,” Smith said.
With four decades of DJ work behind him, Scott knows every one of the 1,775 hit titles at his disposal. Listeners hear artists ranging from Frankie Avalon to to ABBA, and from Frank Sinatra to Bruce Springsteen. “Gene’s got the background,” Smith said. “He knows the music.”
Scott said returning to the airwaves has revitalized him in retirement. “It gives me a little purpose during the day,” he said. “Now that I don’t have to do it for a living, it’s a lot of fun.”
He especially enjoys the opportunity to perform live. “You can pace a show,” he said. “You can kind of make it flow.”
It’s already flowing into its second year. “Radio has always been really good to me,” Scott said. “I’ll do it as long as it flies.”