A graduate of Columbia College, Scott Childers was born and raised in Chicago, and has had the opportunity to work at several different radio and television stations around town.
He began at WJTW-FM in Joliet in 1989, while working as an Assistant Production Director at the PIA Radio Network.
then spent seven years providing news, traffic and weather reports for Metro Networks.
station list included WBBM-AM, WMAQ-AM, WBBM-FM (B-96), WLS-AM and WGN-AM, as well as numerous suburban radio stations.
was also one of the first television traffic reporters in Chicago, beginning with NBC-5's "First Thing In The Morning" featuring Bob Sirott and Allison Rosati in the early 1990's.
In case you are wondering, no, Scott
is not related to Channel 2's
Mary Ann Childers.
While reporting traffic, he
spent time in management positions at Metro and also worked at several radio stations as a part-time air personality.
"hit-list" has included WWBZ-FM, better known as "The Blaze!," WXLC-FM (Hot 102.3), WTMX-FM (The Mix) and WPNT-FM (FM-100).
While at WPNT, Scott
hosted the popular 70's and 80's
music, request and dedication show "Retro Saturday Night," which garnered several Achievement In Radio (A.I.R.) Awards and nominations.
When the station flipped to "Windy 100," Scott
left the traffic business and spent five plus years on the highly-rated midday slot.
After a stint back at WTMX and Metro Networks, in 2004, Scott
joined up with WERV-FM "95.9 The River," first doing middays and later as afternoon host.
During his four plus years, he was also Assistant Program Director and Imaging Director for the station.
moved over to sister station WSSR-FM "Star 96.7" in 2008.
In addition to hosting afternoons, Scott is also webmaster and IT Director for Star 96.7 and WJOL-AM's websites.
admits that radio was not necessarily his
first career choice.
was young, he
caught the architecture bug (which is easy to do in a beautiful city like Chicago) and was ready to follow in the footsteps of Mies Van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright!
Things didn't seem to turn out as planned, although Scott
still has quite a passion for our world famous skyline.
So it's not a surprise to find out that he
is fantastic with a pencil and often employs himself as a freelance artist.
has always credited WLS Musicradio 89 as the reason he
got into the radio business.
also takes pride in being able to have worked alongside such personalities as Bob Sirott, Fred Winston, "Danger" Dan Walker, Brant Miller and Steve Cochran, among others.
has written a book titled "Chicago's WLS Radio 1924-2007," which hits store shelves in October 2008.
is also a freelance voice-over talent, whose work can be heard on everything from radio and television commercials to corporate telephone on-hold messages.
is also the voice of the Horseshoe Casino in Joliet, Illinois and in Hammond, Indiana.
As an avid music collector, his
tastes run wide... from big band to contemporary music.
quite fond of the music he
grew up with in the 1980's, which has found quite a revival in recent years.
In addition to being a die-hard Cub fan and avid Bulls and Bears fan, he
likes to spend his
time working on his
He is also a licensed amateur radio operator and enjoys making contacts with people from around the city to around the world.