Scott Mason, the regional director of engineering for CBS Radio who earlier served as an on-air personality and chief engineer for KROQ in Los Angeles, has died. He was 55.
Mason died April 19 in Los Angeles, said Howard Freshman, marketing director for KNX.
No cause of death was revealed. But in late 2012, when Mason was far down on a waiting list for a kidney transplant, KROQ morning DJ Gene “Bean” Baxter (of Kevin & Bean fame) donated a kidney to help his friend.
“Even with the additional time his new kidney might have given him, it wasn’t nearly enough,” Bean said in a statement. “He is gone from our sight now but not from our hearts. KROQ will owe Scott a great debt of gratitude for a long time to come for how much of his life he shared with us.”
Mason joined punk rock-New Wave upstart KROQ in 1979 and hosted a weekend show as Spacin’ Scott Mason while serving as the station’s chief engineer. He also was the original host of KROQ’s Loveline and the longtime host and producer of Openline, a public affairs show.
For the past 15 years, Mason was regional director of engineering for CBS Radio, overseeing technical operations for 45 stations in the West, including JACK-FM, K-EARTH 101, KNX, AMP Radio and 94.7 The Wave in Los Angeles.
Mason oversaw the construction of CBS Radio’s Wilshire Broadcast Center on the Miracle Mile that is home to four stations; its Venice studios, which house three other stations; and L.A.’s Red Bull Sound Space, a state-of-the art, intimate concert venue that has hosted shows by Coldplay, Linkin Park, Iggy Azalea and others.
Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Mason broke into the business as a “phone op” when he was 14 and earned his first FCC broadcast license a year later. His first on-air job came on KKDJ in Los Angeles in 1974 when he was 15, and he went on to work at KIQQ, KGBS and KTNQ.
Survivors include his parents, a brother and a sister. A memorial will be announced.