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Radio/TV tributes to Michael Jackson

Not surprisingly, stations targeting black listeners did wall-to-wall Michael Jackson coverage this morning.

V-103’s Frank & Wanda at just past 8 a.m. interviewed Atlanta R&B singer Keith Sweat. his favorite MJ song: “She’s Out of My Life.” “I was devastated. He opened a lot of doors… he set standards.”

Later, Atlanta’s R&B superstar Usher called in to V from Paris. His earliest memory of MJ is “ABC” but what connected with him was “Off the Wall.” “Michael Jackson inspired me through dance and inspired me through music and vocal ability,” he said. “I gotta say, I wouldn’t be who I am today without Michael’s influence. Being able to share the stage with him and just be part of that legacy, same way I felt about James [Brown.]… God is calling all his children home.

On Rickey Smiley’s syndicated show on Hot 107.9, at 8:33 a.m., co-host Ebony Steele was talking about how much she liked “Ebony & Ivory.” Smiley had to correct her: that was Stevie Wonder, not MJ. Awkward.

At 8:35 a.m., Al Sharpton was interviewed on Steve Harvey’s morning show on Majic 107.5. “On my Facebook page and Twitter, I have pictures of me and Michael from the 70s before the plastic surgery,” Sharpton said (yes, Sharpton is SO hip, eh?). “He had his own way to express his blackness… James Brown used to tease him that the moonwalk was the camel walk going backwards.”

Rock stations touched upon the topic but didn’t obsess over MJ. The Giant Show on Project 9-6-1 at 7:20 a.m. was playing a spoof interview with Gene Simmons. At 7:50 a.m., the Regular Guys spent time discussing cheating South Carolina governor Mark Sanford. And some listeners were not exactly rapturous of MJ. “He had a quest to be a white man,” said some non-fan on the Regular Guys F-U line. At 7:51 a.m., Q100’s Bert Show was debating men’s sexual peak age but the top 40 station did throw in “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” at 8:10 a.m. The bad stuff, Bert Weiss said at 8:23 a.m., is such an inextricable part of his life that it’s hard to separate it from his great music. “We could spend two hours playing 30 second clips of his hits. He’s had so many.”

Over at WABE-FM, “Morning Edition” did a nice summary of his life at 8:13 a.m., including his financial problems and clips of “I’ll Be There” and “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough.” Critic Margot Jefferson, who wrote a book about Michael Jackson, was interviewed. “He knew with his songwriters and the producers he chose how to take the best and hippest elements from everything around him,” she said. “Just with that song ["Wanna Be Startin' Something"], that driving funk, that Afro beat, that sweet but urgent voice and those lyrics that always suggests a little menacing emotionally.”

“He was used, worked, driven, externally and internally. There was huge psychic damage from many many many years back,” Jefferson said. “He loved symbolism. 50 shows. He was 50 years old. Then he was going to disappear in a blaze of glory. This is what we have instead. It’s kind of heartbreaking.”

Steve McCoy on the Steve & Vikki show on B98.5 at 8:19 a.m. noted how emotional everyone felt that morning, that MJ fan Jessica, the gal who answers the phones, had cried. “Same thing happened when John Lennon died,” McCoy said.

At 7:40 a.m., Kicks 101.5, the country station, played clips of “ABC,” “Ben” and “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough.” The station’s celebrity news correspondent Jimmy Carter (”Nitty Gritty from Music City”) noted nice words about Michael Jackson from country stars such as Jimmy Wayne, Josh Gracin, Joe Nichols and Luke Bryan. The station gabbed about Jackson’s prescription drug use.

True Oldies 106.7, at 8:26 a.m., actually dug out that less-than-popular duet “The Girl is Mine” between Paul McCartney and Jackson. I haven’t heard this song on the radio in… decades. And for good reason. “I’m a lover, not a fighter,” MJ emoted.

NBC’s “The Today Show” interviewed L.A. Reid and Akon about MJ. “There hasn’t been an artist that had this impact on musical culture or pop culture,” Reid said. Akon has met him before and recorded with him. “From my experience, he was one of the healthiest guys I’ve ever known.” (huh?)

On Monday, Fox will re-air the “American Idol” earlier this year that was themed to Michael Jackson. (This unfortunately also means watching Anoop Desai maul “Beat It.”) VH1 Classic will air non-stop MJ videos today and tomorrow.

Sirius XM has a bevy of Michael Jackson tributes on several of its channels, from former MTV hosts Alan Hunter and Nina Blackwood doing a special at 7 p.m. on 80s on 8. The top 40 station Sirius XM Hits 1 is playing his music from 6 a.m. to noon today. The Groove, Heart & Soul and Hip-Hop Nation will all play MJ songs at the top of each hour today. MJ tributes hosted by music journalist Dave Harsh will be heard on Classic Vinyl, Classic Rewind, Alt-Nation, the Spectrum and the Loft.

46 comments Add your comment

Ramblin Rick

June 26th, 2009
8:43 am

he wanted to be white.

Stephanie

June 26th, 2009
9:07 am

@Ramblin Rick….and you wish you had a brain like the scarecrow he played in the wiz….uurggggggh

scorpianking

June 26th, 2009
9:09 am

although i was not to much interested last 10 years of his whereabouts, listening to all the tributes, i really forgot jsut how much good music he created…got me much with the ladies back in the 80’s!!!!Rest in Peace

Ramblin Rick

June 26th, 2009
9:22 am

he liked to sleep with little boys. very common practice in society.

trickie

June 26th, 2009
9:34 am

I guess you have a point that MJ was tryin to be a white man. That explains why he just like alot of the Catholic priest like little white
boys….

Jazzy

June 26th, 2009
9:41 am

PEOPLE NEED TO STOP DOGGING SUCH A TALENTED MAN. I AM IN MY MJ MODE. I AM A FAN AND ALWAYS WILL.LIFE IS SHORT. ONE MIUNTE YOU’RE HERE AND THE NEXT YOU’RE NOT. I AM PRAISING ALL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

The Dogfighter Returns

June 26th, 2009
9:56 am

Michael Jackson died after the thriller album, around 1986. The white guy who has been walking around the last 23 years claiming to be MJ finally died yesterday.

Since when did a good arse whipping become abuse? If Joe didn’t whip his arse he would have been just another black man trying to make ends meet in America.

All hail Joe jackson.

Make sure you whip your kids.

pam

June 26th, 2009
9:57 am

Ramblin Rick: What are your thoughts on the druggy, potbelly Elvis? MJ was the King of Pop. He’s in the Guiness Book of World Records for most albums sold. RIP MJ

Rick

June 26th, 2009
9:58 am

the ultimate in wealth. Be born a black male and turn into a white women (who loves K-mart…little boys pants half off) that is money!

Brainstorm

June 26th, 2009
9:58 am

Let’s not forget to give a break to the parents of those little boys who allowed their sons to sleep in the same bedroom with Michael. They certainly cannot be blamed for anything inappropriate that could have happened.

Rick

June 26th, 2009
10:03 am

“The king of POP” that is like the king of dog squeeze, the king of cow patties. pop music targets to the lowest denominator.

Loran

June 26th, 2009
10:08 am

What a shame!

It should have been Michael VICK instead of Michael JACKSON.

We love you, MJ!

jbgotcha

June 26th, 2009
10:19 am

Typical racist jerk-offs on the AJC blogs…there’s a special place in hell for all of you.

Lynn

June 26th, 2009
10:20 am

The insanity of white folks continues…..(ramblin rick, loran, et al)

RIP Michael Jackson

FAN

June 26th, 2009
10:34 am

Listen to all the red neck, trailer park, tobacco chewing, white folks. Oh how ignorant your sound to belittle an icon like Michael Jackson. Keep your negative thoughts to yourself and respect the great accomplishments of this man. You will never in a million years achieve what he did. It sound like a litte jealousy to me. Get a life, a job, an education, and stop riding around with that confederate flag on the back of your red truck. Do you even know when the Civil War took place?

WE LOVE YOU MIKE………..

Obama 4 Life

June 26th, 2009
10:47 am

Michael Jackson gave MUCH MORE to our world than that sorry, worthless, low-down Michael Vick ever will.

mj fan

June 26th, 2009
10:47 am

It’s obvious that we as a people (black or white) will never give up on our own areas of prejudices. I know some of you who comes on blogs( like this) looks for opportunity to incite hate and anger in the midst of a loss. We’ve all have fallen short somwhere in our existence here on planet Earth.

Micheal Jackson, you maybe gone but never forgotten. Hits like “I’ll be there”, “ABC”, “She’s a dancing machine”, “Billie Jean”, “Beat It” and a host of other No.1’s and other positive changed me and others worldwide. Thank you, Micheal, for bringing cultures across the world thru your music.

RIP MJ

AtownDownBoy

June 26th, 2009
10:52 am

He was talented, but a freak. There is a special place in HELL for child molesters. His parents can have all the shame.

Kenny

June 26th, 2009
10:53 am

It is a very emotional day after for everyone world-wide. Hearing the news that Michael Jackson passed away is like the day the news broke on Elvis Pressley and John Lennon’s passing. These men will be missed but there music will live forever.
May you rest in peace.

Juanita

June 26th, 2009
10:54 am

FAN –

Kill Yourself.

You are worthless.

"OBAMA SUPPORTER" $upporter (aka Taxpayer)

June 26th, 2009
10:56 am

Does anyone know if Michael Jackson was secretly a Catholic Priest?

Whatever

June 26th, 2009
11:16 am

Rodney – you should be ashamed for letting some of these comments get posted. Where is the AJC’s sense of decency? I guess the need for page hits outweighs common sense. Where/who is the moderator here? This is the last time I will visit your Radio & TV Talk page. Blogs have turned some people into raving, psychotic lunatics and blog authors and moderators have a responsibility… especially when it comes to sensitive subjects like death. But noooo, you throw news out there like raw meat and just let the savages rip it to shreds no matter how disgusting. Fun for you, Rodney? I hope you get demoted to the mail room.

Peaches

June 26th, 2009
11:25 am

There are some really SICK PEOPLE on here! RIP MJJ YOUR LEGACY WILL LIVE FOREVER :)

Peaches

June 26th, 2009
11:25 am

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOUR “WHATEVER”

Reggie Reg

June 26th, 2009
11:29 am

AJC just lost a reader due the content of the Luckovich cartoon. How dare you focus on where you think he will spend eternity as opposed to how much his music and legend has bridged a racial divide in this sick world. Music and art are 2 things that can do that. You punked out for the lowest common denominator of gutter humor. You blew it bigtime Luckovich. I went to bed last night wondering what kind of sympathetic touch your cartoon would have. You disapointed me and shamed yourself and the AJC.

Ramblin Rick

June 26th, 2009
11:33 am

pam -Elvis sucks too.

I’m sure all you black folks would let MJ babysit your sons wouldn’t you? Why do you even defend him? He HATED being black and wanted to be a white boy. Just the facts people!

Dan Lynn

June 26th, 2009
11:42 am

Atlanta radio had a chance to respect and pay tribute to an iconic,talented singer, songwriter, dancer and a true inspirational artist who transcended race lines with his music and attitude. Overall, the radio stations blew it. Many “white” stations played cuts from Thriller and other albums which captivated all audiences and made them alot of money. Many of us watched Michael grow from a child star to an influential artist who has affected many current and future generations. R.I.P Michael. We will miss you. Thank you for all of your music.

Music Fan

June 26th, 2009
11:44 am

I grew up with his music in the 80’s and I still like to listen to his greatest hits. I went to a concert at Fulton County Stadium and it was one of the best concerts that I’ve ever seen.

I lost a lot of respect for him in the 90’s due to the molestation charges. When you pay-off several families to keep them quiet, you look guilty whether you are or not.

RIP

Peaches

June 26th, 2009
11:44 am

RAMBLIN RICK YOU DON’T KNOW THE FACTS….WERE YOU SLEEPING WITH MJ TOO? AHHHH, SO THAT’S HOW YOU KNOW SO MUCH…CASE SOLVED!

Yuphedidit

June 26th, 2009
11:51 am

Can’t deny that MJ had some great songs.

But…….I actually feel sorry for the little boys he possibly ruined for the rest of their lives. That’s who I feel sorry for.

Although he was acquitted, does not mean MJ was not guilty.

OJ ring a bell.

Dan

June 26th, 2009
11:52 am

Ramblin Rick and all the haters needs to be banned off of here. I’m white and i will offer this defense for Mr.Jackson. HE WAS NEVER CONVICTED OF CHILD MOLESTATION. I think he was set up. We are talking about 3 cases over 20 some years of having plenty of chances. He loved children because “they told the truth.”
M.J. was eccentric, I’ll give you that but, he was no pedifile. ” LET HE WHO IS FREE FROM SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE.”

PACK OF SMOKES

June 26th, 2009
12:00 pm

He loved white chicks and and they loved him.Mike enjoyed more than we all will ever know.He had just bought his son a new car and was going show him how to drive it later on next week.Mike will always sing better than anyone else.

Yuphedidit

June 26th, 2009
1:02 pm

Dan just because someone was not CONVICTED of something DOES NOT mean they didn’t do it. Surely you know that.

Ramblin Rick

June 26th, 2009
1:12 pm

Of course he wasnt convicted Dan. He paid his victim 20 million dollars to drop the charges u freaking buffoon!!!! I am ashamed you are white Dan, you Eminem wannabe.

Oh yeah Peaches great comeback.

Peaches

June 26th, 2009
1:14 pm

Thanks “Ramblin Rick” :)

Peaches

June 26th, 2009
1:14 pm

HAVE A NICE WEEKEND EVERYONE ;)

Rev. James

June 26th, 2009
1:24 pm

REGGIE REG:

I complete agree with with Mike Luckovich’s cartoon.

We all KNOW, without any doubt, MJ will burn in Lucifer’s Barbecue Pit for All Eternity for what he did to those poor children.

Burn, Baby, Burn!

David Letterman

June 26th, 2009
2:05 pm

When is it bedtime at Michael Jackson’s house?

When the big hand touches the little hand!

Don

June 26th, 2009
3:02 pm

To all you white people that are always judging what about you raping, killing and beating blacks and jews? and to all my black bro and sis, stop thinking America will change we are not christain our ancesters were muslims when these idiots brought them here this is the hate they put out, but they take no responsibility for what they do and have done that why you have Boortz, hannity, and the rset of those racist on air!

Biff

June 26th, 2009
11:27 pm

He didn’t die of a heart attack… he died of suffocation. He choked on a five year old weiner.

PACK OF SMOKES

June 27th, 2009
3:13 pm

NICE BIFF!!!!GET A LIFE LOSER!!!!!THIS BLOG NEEDS TO KICK YOUR BUTT AND PUT YOU IN JAIL FOR SAYING STUFF LIKE THAT!!!

ATL Native

June 27th, 2009
4:01 pm

I am five months older than MJ was. I see my hometown’s become a helluva lot more racist than it was forty years ago. Must be all the damn Yankees moving in…

The Jokester

June 29th, 2009
12:25 pm

Michael Jackson hasn’t been this stiff since the ‘99 Boy Scout Retreat.

Newsreader

June 29th, 2009
12:27 pm

The 2nd Autopsy has come back on Michael Jackson and it was: Food Poisoning. Apparently, he choked on 12-year old nuts.

the keeper

July 21st, 2009
12:34 am

u people with ur nasty remarkes, will all burn in Hell. When u die what will be said about u.

Makala

February 28th, 2010
11:54 am

Thrillercool!!!