While growing up in Northeast Ohio, Scott fell in love with radio. One of his heroes was Phil Gardner, a two-time winner of Billboard's Air Personality of the Year Award. Phil worked for Cleveland's 1220 WGAR and G-98 WGCL. (Listen to one of his airchecks here.) His unique style wedged itself into Scott at the cellular level and has remained an influential irritant ever since. 

In 2020, Phil and Scott became Facebook friends. Scott created the video below in honor of Phil's 2023 birthday.