Youngblood has left Kiss 104.1 after two decades doing the Spotlight Gold Saturday morning show.
Here’s part of a note posted by program director Jay Dixon on the Kiss website Monday:
I regret to inform you that Youngblood has made a decision to no longer host Spotlight Gold Saturday mornings on Kiss 104 after we couldn’t come to terms on an monetary agreement that worked for our station. We’ve enjoyed the many years Youngblood has worked for us and wish him well. We’ve also received feedback from our listeners about the music selection over the past two weeks on Spotlight Gold with Mixmaster Mitch. We feel strongly the program will continue to deliver an abundance of memorable, soulful classics mostly from the 60’s and 70’s that Spotlight Gold fans have come to hear every Saturday morning. We would never take away those golden oldies you know and love. I’m asking for your continued support for the show. There’s no question soul music is an important part of our culture and we are proud to have the opportunity to play hundreds of memorable R&B; classics from our library, including rare titles, and many favorite hits from legendary soul artists. We are truly fortunate to have a program like this on the air in Atlanta and proud Kiss 104 has always been the home for this kind of music.
Youngblood has developed quite a fan base over the past decade for a weekly specialty program. Here is a typical comment on the Kiss web site lamenting his departure:
I felt so lost this morning… He has very loyal listeners that have been listening to him for years….. Everyone can’t D.J. old school. Youngblood has a way with old music. Every Saturday morning is devoted to Kiss 104.1 because Youngblood offers an escape from the everyday music that we are subjected to daily. He plays a variety and music that most of us older generation folk can relate to and understand. I miss you Youngblood! We hope to hear your voice soon.
A fan has even created a petition where you can sign up imploring him to come back. Another started a Facebook page.
Youngblood, in an interview, said he was offered a pay cut that he couldn’t accept.
He almost never took a Saturday off so when he wasn’t on the air, he said people thought he was dead. He said he is willing to work elsewhere in radio and hopes to be back on the air again down the road.
Youngblood, 56, said he never had a desire to be regular full-time DJ in this day and age because he found playing the typical, limited playlist “boring… I’d go crazy.”
In his earlier years, he worked at 91.9/WCLK-FM and a station in Augusta that was once owned by the late James Brown.
[UPDATE on April 21: Youngblood unfortunately does not have Internet access and has not had a chance to read this or the comments here yet. He has no email address and just got a cell phone!]
By Rodney Ho, email@example.com, AJCRadioTV blog