About The Artist
He was known to radio station listeners as Stan Scott, but his parents named him Roland Wiltse. He was a native of New York, but gained a bit of fame as one of the original Western Gentlemen on WJJD in Chicago, Illinois when the station went to a country music format in 1965.
He enjoyed a career of over 30 years in broadcasting. He started his career at radio station WIBX in Utica, New York. Later, he would find work at some of the major stations in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas.
Around 1965, Stan, Chris Lane, Don Chapman, Roy Stingley and John Trotter re-introduced country music to the radio listening audience over WJJD.
Stan remained with WJJD until around 1975 when the station underwent a format change. He helped promote the "Shower of Stars" shows at the Arie Crown Theater located in the McCormick Place convention hall in Chicago. WJJD was associated with those shows and we can tell you personally those shows were a treat - being able to see 3 or 4 or 5 of the major country music acts at prices you would not even see today. The venue was superb - whether at Arie Crown or the Medinah Temple where mom took us to see those shows. There, we could put a 'face' to those disc jockeys we heard over WJJD.
Mary Ann Cooper reported in Country Music Life in 1967 that Stan was promoted to an executive position at WJJD. His replacement was Rich Osborn(e). She reported in 1968 that Stan was back on the air for a short time until Art Nelson joined the team which allowed Stan to go back to his executive position. We have old WJJD Top 50 Radio Surveys from 1971 that show Stan was on the air back then as well.
Stan later worked at WKKD in Aurora and WLAK and WIND in Chicago.
He was working as a news editor and writer at radio station WKQX in Chicago from March 1980 until March 1984 when he took a medical leave of absence. He passed away in July of 1984 at the Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.
"Stan" was survived by his wife, E. G. (known as Georgie), his mother Marion, two sons, David and Douglas and two daughters, Melody Nichols and Judy.
Memorial services were held for him at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, Illinois.
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