Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Gator 99.5’s Scott Lewis
Back in 1996, I went to work at a radio station in Jennings, and there I met a guy by the name of Scott Lewis. He was still in high school at that time, but MAN did he impress me when it came to the radio business! I used to drive home from work telling myself that THIS Scott guy won’t be here in Jennings long! I would leave 15 months later for Lake Charles… and wouldn’t hear, see, communicate with Scott until November 2012. I don’t know what the future holds for our morning show on Gator 99.5… but I can tell you this… He’s the best co-host I have EVER shared a studio with!
Now … let’s embarrass him!
Here are 10 random facts about Gator 99.5 Morning Co-Host/ Newsman Scott Lewis…
1. He and his friends once met Vince Vaughn one night during a friend’s bachelor party on Bourbon Street at 4 a.m. Vince was twice as nice as you thought he’d be. One of the friends who went back to their hotel room early refuses to believe the group ever met Vince Vaughn.
2. Scott’s been in radio since he was 15, and as a high schooler, he had his own afternoon show on the old KJEF-FM signal during high school. (That station is now 92.9 The Lake, which he now does morning news for.)
3. One of his jobs during college was working for Yellow Book proofreading the phone book. Yup, someone goes line by line with a magnifying glass to make sure the names and telephone numbers are correct. It was about as fun as it sounds.
4. He spent most of the last decade working for the Jennings Daily News, where he was the lead reporter on the Jeff Davis Eight killings. He probably knew more about the details of the case than anyone outside of family members and law enforcement. (Which isn’t saying much, really.) He said working on the story was one of the most stressful times in his life and was one of the reasons he left behind hard journalism.
5. While working as a reporter for NewsRadio KPEL in Lafayette, he appeared on FOX News to discuss conditions in Lafayette during Hurricane Rita. It was at 3 a.m., and he was running a 102-degree fever at the time. He says he sounded like a crazy person. Oddly enough, FOX News has not tried to hire him.
6. He also appeared on “60 Minutes” during its profile of Gov. Bobby Jindal. He was sitting on floor taking notes and pictures during one of Jindal’s press conferences (look for him at the 9:20 mark).
7. While he can kinda swim, he has a fear of the open water, and doesn’t care for boats at all. So moving to Lake Charles was a wonderful idea.
9. He and his wife met doing theater work with Jennings’ community theater program “A Block off Broadway.” He is a past president and former director for the theater troupe.
10. He might have played trumpet in the high school band, but now plays guitar with a small group of friends called “The Attaboys.”