Story By: G. H. HARDING

Scott Shannon

SHANNON ROCKS --- Congratulations to Scott Shannon and his WCBS-FM Morning Team (including producer Louis Pulice) ... they just hit #1 in New York City! It's Scott's first time at #1 since 1988 when he had the top-rated show with Z100, according to the New York Daily News, who did a feature on him last week.

However one quote from Scott had a few Forgotten Hits (Kent Kotal's brilliant music sheet) readers shouting traitor! During the course of the interview, Shannon said "The station has done the right thing by moving its music forward into the 70's, 80's and 90's,” which turned off a few readers (and, I'm sure, some CBS loyal listeners as well.)

I should point out, that the rest of his quote went on to say "Personally, I miss 60's music, but I can play that for myself." And he does ... every day ... on his True Oldies Channel. I suppose the perfect mix would be to feature only music from the 50's, 60's and 70's on True Oldies to pacify the die-hard oldies music fans (as well as Scott's own personal taste in music) ... and then concentrate on the 70's, 80's and 90's for his CBS-FM audience (and go for the ratings!) It's hard to argue with what's working ... and having the #1 rated show in New York City tells me (like it or not!) it's working.

Last Saturday Shannon went to a friend's wedding in Cleveland. Scott was told that he has a plaque in the DJ section of The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He's never actually seen it and this was a perfect opportunity to check it out.

It was there --- but --- they still have him working at WPLJ. They have to update the information about his move to WCBS. Lucky he checked it out! Now they can correct his radio history.

And, one more Shannon-item:

Scott tells the story about the time that Eric Carmen (The Raspberries) invited him to be in his new music video. (This was back during Scott's VJ Days at VH-1). Once all the details were worked out and Scott realized the logistics of sorting all this out in order to make the video shoot, he politely bowed out saying that it just didn't make sense for him to do it.

Carmen (not so) graciously accepted Shannon's decision and cast someone else (radio personality Kid Leo) as the DJ in the clip. But watch closely at the end of the video ... where you'll find a giant Scott Shannon poster that is soon the target of several darts being throw at it during the fade out of the song by Leo! (Paybacks are a bitch!)

GROUPIES --- Vivid Entertainment has released Phil Varone Groupies: The Music From Behind online on www.vivid.com this week and online and in stores across the country on Sept. 9. The movie is the first of four installments in Varone’s new Groupies series, with each being shot in a different city.

Rock star (former Skid Row and current Saigon Kick drummer) and now porn director/performer Varone takes viewers backstage at concerts and inside hotel rooms to see how groupie sex sizzles. As a veteran rock drummer Varone estimates that he’s bedded over 3,000 women, and says he’s nowhere near stopping.

Being a rock star is one of men’s most popular fantasies, according to Varone. “Let’s face it, the three reasons why guys dream of being rock stars is for fame, fortune and women. The questions I get asked most often are, How many girls have you had? How do you get girls? Is it easy to get laid? Can you tell us some stories? Phil Varone Groupies: The Music From Behind answers all these questions and curiosities. It also introduces some very hot girls and visits places never before seen except by rock stars.”

Varone is still active with his band Saigon Kick and shot interiors for the movie when they were on tour recently at Cheetah (formerly The Button South) in Hallandale Beach, Fla. “I remember that stop very well,” he recalls. “I hooked up with a real stripper and then shot what unfolded.”

Varone’s first book Un-Philtered: Real Life On and Off the Rock n’ Roll Tour Bus, is available through www.riverdaleavebook.com and through his website, www.philvarone.com. It includes details on some of his most erotic adventures. Fans can follow him on Twitter @ThePhilVarone.

JOAN RIVERS --- Joan Rivers is resting comfortably in a medically induced coma just hours after she performed a typically acerbic show in Manhattan and joked about her own death.

The 81-year-old comic was rushed from an Upper East Side clinic to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition on Thursday morning after she stopped breathing during a routine medical procedure.

A picture of health only the day before, Rivers accepted a bouquet of flowers from a fan as she finished her stand-up performance at around 9.30pm on Wednesday.

The entertainment legend even posed for pictures with a fan on the way out of the Laurie Beechman Theatre, only to suffer respiratory failure less than twelve hours later during surgery on her throat.

Her daughter, Melissa, dashed from L. A. to New York and arrived at the hospital at around 8pm and was ushered to the 11th floor luxury room in which her mother is now said by doctors to be in a stable condition.

She released a statement thanking everyone for their messages of support and gave a brief update on her mother's condition.

'I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother,' she said in a statement.

'She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.'

CLOSING NOTES --- Jim Peterik, from the Ides Of March, celebrates the release of his book Through The Eye Of The Tiger, at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room on Tuesday, September 13. He'll perform after the reception. Can't wait for this one …

A week after signing off as EP of The Rachel Maddow Show, Bill Wolff has been announced as the new executive producer of ABC’s re-booted The View.

The show also made other behind-the-scenes changes including the addition of another TV news veteran, Brian Balthazar as co-executive producer.

Balthazar, an MSNBC alum like Wolff, joins from AOL where he was head of programming. He’s also been in the talk show trenches working many years at the Today show. He launched the fourth hour of Today with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, which has become a ratings juggernaut. He was also director of programming at HGTV … and, he’s a great guy! Congrats Brian! ...

As summer shows like Under The Dome and Halle Berry in Extant wind down, I must say I've been enjoying both. Dome has ebbed and flowed since that stellar episode several weeks back ending with a Coldplay song; Extant has essentially turned into another sci-fi who-done-it, but her performance has been stellar ...

SIGHTINGS – Comic-Colin Quinn in front of 250 West 57th Street in NYC; Debbie Gibson, Holly Robinson Peete and Lisa Rinna in L. A. Gibson turns 43 on Sunday; Micky Dolenz and his band tomorrow night at The Wolf Den at The Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

Photo Courtesy Of: Scott Shannon