R.I.P Pat Scully: In Memory of My First Morning Show Partner
My first morning show partner, Pat Scully has passed away at the age of 54.
From 1992 until 1997, Patrick J. Scully and I teamed up to form The Ethan and Scully Morning Show on I-95. Scully was a 1986 graduate of the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University and was hired at I-95 as the News Director before his introduction to morning show radio.
I remember Pat as an exceptionally intelligent, well-spoken man. His interview skills were exemplary and he possessed a natural cynical outspoken sense of humor. His alter ego on the show was a character he called "Mr. Negative," where he could take a story about a charity bake sale and turn it into a political rant.
In 1997, station management informed me they had decided to replace Scully with a female morning show partner. To say he wasn't happy about their decision is an understatement, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
According to the Hartford Courant from 2001 until 2007, Scully served at the State Capitol as the Chief Spokesman in the Democratic held State Senate. When he left Hartford, he was hired by the public relations division of the lobbying firm, Sullivan & LeShane.
Scully was an avid Red Sox fan, which brings me to one of my favorite Scully memories. Somehow, he had gotten his hands on a pair Patriot's Day Red Sox tickets and asked me if I wanted to head to Boston right after the show. How do you say "no" to an invite like that?! Scully's goal was to arrive at Fenway before the first pitch, which meant we were traveling between 80 and 90 mph all the way.
So we finally arrive in Boston, and immediately get stuck in traffic. Scully, who wasn't ever really a patient kind of guy, begins yelling a tirade of expletives while pounding on his Mustang's steering wheel with visions of missing the all-important first pitch. Finally arriving at Fenway with only 10 minutes to spare, he steers the Mustang into a parking lot across from the ballpark, which was obviously full.
Scully comes to an abrupt stop in the middle of the lot and throws a $20 at the parking attendant and breaks into a sprint towards Fenway — success! Not only did we get to our seats with a couple of minutes to spare, we had just enough time to each grab a 22-ounce beer.
Pat also formed his own communications consulting company and was the chief announcer at the professional Pilot Pen tennis matches at Yale in New Haven. Rest in peace, my friend. We did have some amazing times!
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