After four years and 196 shows, WKDU’s best show, the fantastically named Music For Your Methlab, is getting the boot from Drexel’s airwaves. Scott Sullivan has been the man in the kitchen cooking the chemicals over those years—stiff cocktails of bands like the Homosexuals, the Ramones and Danzig to keep you up through your Thursday morning commute/morning bender from 7 to 9 a.m. Along the way he’s had his fair share of top-notch guests spinning their favorite records, among them the ghost of Joey Ramone (though we may have just dreamed that), the mystery “Monthly Visitor” (Richie Charles, formerly of Clockcleaner, and CEO of Richie Records/TestosterTunes, it can now be told) and Kurt Vile, who commandeered the decks five times and was a show staple before he became a household name (cool households only) or a Pavement-show-opener. Music For Your Methlab signs off Thursday, and some very special guests are in store for the last hoorah. You’ll want to tune in for that. You’ll also want to hit Sullivan up for a Best of Meth compilation CDR he’s put together by emailing him at email@example.com. We sat down with Sullivan and asked him to sell out old friends and colleagues by answering these hard-as-fuck exit interview questions. He didn’t let us down.
What is your primary reason for leaving?
An unsavory combination of Working Man Strife and the ticking of the biological clock.
Did anything trigger your decision to leave?
The Cliff Lee trade.
What was most satisfying about your time at WKDU?
Introducing the world to the Sex Pistols. Getting to take credit for Max Milgram’s best finds.
What was least satisfying about your time at WKDU?
Putting up with all the Monthly Visitor’s crap.
What would you change about your job?
Nothing! As accommodating as a radio gig can get.
Did your job duties turn out to be as you expected?
I never asked to become the “Home of the 5-Day Forecast.” But what the listeners demanded, I provided.
Did you receive enough training to do your job effectively?
Many of the treasures of the WKDU record library were revealed to me randomly by snooping guests and haggard callers. An in-house guided tour needs to be put into place immediately.
Did you receive feedback about your performance between merit reviews?
The janitor grimaced one time when he had to sweep to “Scavenger of Death” at deafening volume. Many mornings were spent in vain trying to impress him.
Did this company help you to fulfill your career goals?
Not exactly. These days, job interviews are typically preceded by Google searches, and I’ve been informed that “methlabs”—even hokey alliterative references to them—are no laughing matter.
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PW's Music Issue 2014