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.