|In his early
teens, Shuster became interested in bluegrass music and learned to play the five-string banjo. Shuster's father took
him to the mecca of country music, the Grand Ole Opry.
He met legendary country star Earl Scruggs, the originator of the
three-finger picking style that the budding picker' was eager to learn.
When Shuster found out that Scruggs would be playing at the Wisconsin State
Fair, he arranged for several lessons from the veteran performer.
Another accomplished musician, Joe Schott, who had his own midday TV show
on Milwaukee's WTMJ, also trained Shuster on the banjo.
Shuster's talent with the banjo that gave him his first break in broadcasting.
"The next time Scruggs was in Milwaukee, I was backstage and played
banjo with him," he recalls. "The
owner of WMIL, the radio station that brought Scruggs to town, said to
me "Would you like to come down to the station, play the banjo and sing in the
evening? I said 'yes' and came in a
couple of times. I sang and played
and was interviewed by the disc jockey. Then,
WMIL offered me a job as a disc jockey…at a dollar an hour…which was below
the minimum wage."
A VINTAGE SHOT OF MILWAUKEE'S WMIL WITH
D.J. TOM PETERSEN (Courtesy robd-germanradio.blogspot.com/)
At the age
of 15, Shuster was officially in broadcasting and sported a new name courtesy the
station: 'Scott Davis'. "I was
playing country music, running religious programs off reel-to-reel tape at 5
a.m. and announcing the English
language commercials on German language programs," explains Shuster, whose
professional employment rattled the senses of his family.
"My parents have always been in shock over what was becoming of
me," Shuster laughingly recalls. "
I think they saw it as a positive thing. And
there was no stopping me. Certain
people are born to do certain things. Priests,
political leaders…I'm clearly of that genetic line.
People might say that I was a news geek, but that's who I was.
From the time I got on the radio, I was determined to be the best."