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Youngblood leaves Kiss 104.1

youngbloodsmall_t187Youngblood 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!]

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

255 comments Add your comment

Eddie

April 20th, 2011
6:37 pm

I am going to miss Youngblood. I work on Saturday’s for the last 14 years and I also tuned in to Youngblood show in my office. great Old School R&B music.

flacker

April 20th, 2011
7:34 pm

Good Luck Youngblood,

Saturdays just will not be the same, GOD speed and i will miss your humor and laugh and jokes as well as the music you provided.

tvBoy

April 20th, 2011
8:35 pm

what i loved most was when an artist passed away, Youngblood would play as many of that artists songs, including some gems that weren’t even hits – mix them in with some stories and background – i always felt so connected with those artists as a result. man, youngblood had a major way with oldies and i will miss him

finally

April 20th, 2011
11:39 pm

Well this is truly sad, I started listening in Nov of 1993, and even though I have moved to Gwinnett where it isn’t as easy to pick up, I could still get a decent signal in the car. He is a class act and I would love to see him pop up somewhere else. The oldies should definitely be played and enjoyed and his vast knowledge and love of the music will not be replaced. Best of luck to you Youngblood!

unimpressed

April 21st, 2011
6:36 am

Who the hell is this guy?

Larry J.

April 21st, 2011
8:31 am

Say it aint so Blood! Don’t be so mean.

Silks

April 21st, 2011
8:33 am

I knew for the last 2 weeks that the music was different. It just is Not the same and I can hear the type music now being played anywhere. I will continue to wait for youngblood to be picked up elsewhere.

asufan

April 21st, 2011
8:48 am

Nobody does it like Youngblood……

Mary

April 21st, 2011
8:50 am

My brother and best friend passed away 3 years ago and what he loved most about Saturday mornings was Youngblood. Every Saturday I listened and thought of him and how he enjoyed the show. Also every Saturday morning I got my children out of bed and we would clean house listening to Youngblood. People ask my youngest daughter how she knows so much about the oldies and she tells them how she had to clean house on Saturday listening to Youngblood. Wherever you go Youngblood you will be found and listened to.

Jayson Flint

April 21st, 2011
8:50 am

Sound like Youngblood should take his show, to the masses of the internet, he would gain both a continued following from loyal fans while opening up his show to the world market of the internet.

ustream, and other live formats on the internet would allow him to keep his following and possibly grow his niche into the powerhouse that we all have loved him for, I prey he is a success in his next endevor.

This is why Social Media is around, because when the boss says it’s time to go, you can leave knowing your followers are there for you with facebook, twitter, and other platforms it’s amazing how what once took months even years to reabuild. You can rebuild in a matter of days and continue with success.

Long live the internet…

Nay Nay

April 21st, 2011
8:54 am

There will NEVER be another like you Youngblood (voice and all). When I didnt hear you on Saturday I too wondered where you were. You have that “special” way of doing that show on Saturday mornings. You really make me laugh too with your humor! Gosh, I wish the station could work something out with you so you could return! God-Bless

Grandma

April 21st, 2011
8:55 am

I will surely miss my Saturday morning friend. For years my husband and I would hang around on Saturday mornings doing stuff in the house and listen and sing to the music Youngblood played. Well my husband passed, and I still spend Saturday mornings listening and remembering the good times and the good music. Saturday mornings will never be the same.

projectbaby

April 21st, 2011
9:01 am

This is almost like…KrispyKreme or Checkers leaving the “A”. Maybe what they don’t understand is that Blood was with most of us when we migrated here in the late 80’s early 90’s. His particular brand if sctichk has been with us before both the above companies and how would u feel about that if they packed up and left. Saturday mornings just hearing his voice you knew it was time to get up and get moving cleaning, grass cutting, car washing… like back in the day with moms. He was around when most of his audience he nurtured started their families. He’s truly a personality this adult demographic can’t afford to loose. What more Steve, Tom or Ricky on Sat morning? No thanks! I know radio is a tough business but damn! Can the grown folk get one 4 hour program a week? Pay the man please! He’s worth what a living legend Atlanta radio personality is worth and more.

pmuckle

April 21st, 2011
9:01 am

well there goes my daddy’s saturdays! He wakes up faithfully on Saturdays and listens to youngblood has his coffee! Now what????

Doris M

April 21st, 2011
9:04 am

Oh, I am so sad to hear that Youngblood will not be on 104.1 on Saturday mornings. It was a very favorite show of mine. He played all the old songs I grew up with; I guess that’s why they called it old school. I hope he goes to another venue and keeps with the same kind of programming. Please inform us if that happens. I’ll be waiting eagerly.

Big A

April 21st, 2011
9:12 am

Please! Please! Bring him back! I can’t function on Saturday mornings without Youngblood. My heart is broken.

deegee

April 21st, 2011
9:15 am

Oh, no! It’s not just the music, it’s his personality and his story telling that makes the show entertaining. I have been listening to Youngblood while doing my Saturday morning house cleaning for years. I am sure that doors will open for him. After all, NOBODY DOES IT LIKE YOUNGBLOOD!

Joyce D

April 21st, 2011
9:17 am

104.1, what the heck is wrong with you? Can’t you and Youngblood come to some kind of consensus? I really miss him, and would love to have him back in the Saturday morning slot. Pay him and let him come back. An avid fan of Youngblood!!

Raydee-oh

April 21st, 2011
9:20 am

Time to take your game to the cyberspace. Go Global YoungBlood!! People around the globe would appreaciate your ability to make them happy listening to your show. Commercial radio has played out.

Simp

April 21st, 2011
9:22 am

I’ve followed Blood for years since his days at my alma mater. Not only will his music be missed but all of his stories about growing up here in Atlanta. As a native Atlantan (Harrison Hospital across from Washington High) I can truly appreciate what he bought to the airwaves. Hope he gets another gig soon.

Cynthia

April 21st, 2011
9:25 am

I am just crushed by this news. I have listened to Youngblood for years and look forward to Spotlight Gold every Saturday morning. I wondered what was up this past weekend when he wasn’t on the air, now I know why. Hey station higher ups, give Youngblood his due in the way of salary and keep him spinning the old school jams we all love so much!

$ BILL

April 21st, 2011
9:27 am

I can’t believe what I just read! I knew something was wrong two Saturday’s ago when I turned on my radio and didn’t hear his voice. People in management positions today have SO much ego with NO common sense. People in authority must understand the value that someone like Youngblood brings to the listening audience. The music, the stories and the memories are just part of what fills our hearts. The man did MORE than just play music, he refreshed our souls after a hard week of work and frustration. BRING BACK YOUNGBLOOD!

THE FUTURE BEGINS IN 10..9..8…

hold up............

April 21st, 2011
9:28 am

Ok, 104.1…..Youngblood is the man, My Saturday’s won’t be the same.
The New guy just can’t do it like Youngblood. Why don’t you all just pay him, He’s worth the money. I need/we need Youngblood back in that SLOT ON SATURDAY.
WELL YOUNGBLOOD WHERE EVER YOU LAND AND YOU WILL LAND I WILL TUNE IN.

G-dub

April 21st, 2011
9:35 am

Youngblood… don’t be so mean. I will miss hearing blood on Saturdays

ken

April 21st, 2011
9:36 am

say it aint so…

Ask The Lonely

April 21st, 2011
9:38 am

Saturday mornings will never be the same without Youngblood. I woke up every Saturday morning listening to him and will miss him dearly. The music is awesome and unique and what the management at Kiss doesn’t realize is it’s not just about the music but the man behind the Microphone. He cannot be replaced. I hope that someone in the ATL will realize his talent and put him back on the radio soon where he belongs. Love You Youngblood and Don’t Be So Mean!!!

BlakkPurl

April 21st, 2011
9:43 am

I am so sad to hear this news. My sister lives in FL and I live in Atlanta, she streams Youngblood so we can listen to him together. Too many Youngblood memories to list, but he will surely be missed.

M915

April 21st, 2011
9:46 am

Hey kiss, you “HAD” plenty of listners from the Post Offices on saturdays. We love The Youngblood. This station really screwed this up.Why take away someone Atlanta has been used to for so many years. The last 2 saturdays has really been “BORING”. Kiss get your S@%T together.

LovinTheOldies

April 21st, 2011
9:47 am

So sorry to hear that Youngblood is leaving. It wasn’t just the music, it was Youngblood’s personality and voice as well. They went hand in hand. Saturday mornings will not be the same. I wish you much success Youngblood.

tj

April 21st, 2011
9:49 am

Courtney

April 21st, 2011
9:50 am

I am sooooo sad this has happended. Youngblood is truly going to be missed. Saturday mornings will never be the same. I liked how he would talk about someone bringing him some food during a holiday like July 4th!!. This is truly a sad day.

Neal

April 21st, 2011
9:51 am

That was the only “music” radio show I listen to. I knew something wasn’t right this saturday. You will be missed. Mixin Dixon pay that man

Big C

April 21st, 2011
9:53 am

Damn, Damn, Damn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hotlanta

April 21st, 2011
9:54 am

From hearing that “HORRIBLE’ Beyonce song this morning Youngblood please come back, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Karen Arm

April 21st, 2011
9:55 am

this is crazy,so crazy,please, bring this man back…He’’s the best.

Ragman

April 21st, 2011
9:57 am

It’s not always about music. sometimes times it’s about culture and understanding of the enviorment. You can,t replace human greatness and cutural understanding with music. Wherever he goes we will follow.

tribecka

April 21st, 2011
9:57 am

WHAT..OH NO..OMG..what’s going on..don’t U know Saturdays will NEVER be the same without Youngblood..There are so many things money can’t buy and that’s true listener-ship..your fans will follow you where ever you go YOUNGBLOOD….KISS don’t be sooo mean to YOUNGBLOOD !!! Bring him BACK…its only 4 hours.. but 4 hrs worth of fun & music history….where is Black radio going!!!

blackgirl

April 21st, 2011
9:59 am

kiss 104.1 why mess with perfection? YOUNG BLOOD is my Saturday mornings, every Saturday mornings.No one else will do it like YOUNGBLOOD.

Toni

April 21st, 2011
10:01 am

What is wrong with you KISS 104.1? Youngblood was great. I looked forward to Saturdays just so I could listen to Youngblood. As long as he has been there, I am sure you could have come to some type of agreement to keep him on. You are going to lose alot of listeners because of this. I don’t want to listen anymore on Saturdays because it will not be the same. COME TO YOUR SENSES AND BRING BACK YOUNGBLOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KD

April 21st, 2011
10:01 am

I am a huge Youngblood fan. My Saturday mornings will never be the same.

MoGallo

April 21st, 2011
10:02 am

Oh No! Say it ain’t so, Youngblood! My cheap radio doesn’t pick up 104.1 FM so I login to the station live on my computer on Saturday mornings while I clean the house
Hey, Youngblood, I like the idea Jayson Flint had about broadcasting your own show on the internet! The ad revenues might earn you more money anyway! What are the women in the beauty shops on Saturday morning going to do without you?

DJ Smooth

April 21st, 2011
10:04 am

I only bow to one man when it came to old school, thats the blood, I would call him up and say blood what about some hank blallard orginall twist and the blood would say I got you.
Mix master do not know real old school music he only know 70’s 80’s, bring me in I will contine blodd tradition.

Miss you blood”

Hurricane

April 21st, 2011
10:07 am

Youngblood is definitely a throwback to a different era of radio, before corporate ownership ruined the industry. Corporate ownership is against people who have their own personalities. Every time I listened to his show, I would always hear a song that I haven’t heard since the 60’s, 70’s or the early 80’s. With all due respect to Mixmaster Mitch, who I think is a pretty good DJ in his own right, there is no one who can replace Youngblood.

Hopefully, Youngblood will start an internet based station so not only can just us here in the ATL enjoy him, but everyone worldwide can.

Best of wishes to you Youngblood on your next venture.

KVJ Enterprises

April 21st, 2011
10:09 am

This is wild! Unbelievable! I have started off my Saturday mornings listening to him for years….I remember his spot in the old Rio Mall on Piedmont and his restaurant on Ponce…..There’s only one thing to say about this: “I just don’t know what to do…with myself”

A DJ Saved My Life!!

April 21st, 2011
10:14 am

When I first arrived in Atlanta and came across Youngblood, I was elated. It is heart warming to hear music from back in the day when people actually sang and there were meaning to the songs. I will miss you, Youngblood, and truly hope you find success wherever you go.

Kiss 104.1 – this man has put your station on the map for Saturday morning good listening music. Meet his salary demands, not a paycut!!

arlene

April 21st, 2011
10:16 am

I always loved listening to Youngblood on Saturdays. I even called in to the station a few times to offer comments.I especially loved hearing
him talk about how his mother used to take him and his brothers to Robert Hall for their Easter suits, and used to fix the pant cuffs herself. Too funny! I will miss you, Youngblood. I love you and your music.Hope you find another (and better) station who appreciates you.

TheDuchess

April 21st, 2011
10:16 am

I guess everything must come to an end, but this isn’t a good feeling at all. Not at all…

arlene

April 21st, 2011
10:18 am

Kiss 104.1….the people have spoken! Bring Youngblood back…at any cost. He is well worth it, as you can see by all of these comments.

Blazin' Bartlett

April 21st, 2011
10:19 am

I moved from N.Y. with no doubt – knowing Youngblood would be on the air each Saturday morning. You can’t replace that Atlanta Saturday morning vibe without him…… Wake up – Kiss!!!

NappyRoots

April 21st, 2011
10:20 am

What defines the “soul of a man”? – its the connection to people, time, places and sometimes things. That’s what Young Blood brought to the households weekly. This is his “exclusive gift” – no one can ever come close to his delivery. Please tell me why would you want Aretha Franklin to sing like Barry White? No one can touch their styles. Same for Young Blood –
His audience?… a mixture of all flavors, from the nappy head mechanic who’s proud of his masterpiece, to the opera singer who got her start around the knees of church pews and blues ballots. Young Blood is connected to these people and uses his “gift” to speak the many languages of people from all walks of life, from the young to the wise. If one corporation can’t understand the market for his talent/gift, thank God there are others that can. I agree that Blood could reach and benefit many more people in cyberspace, for he is the connection to a time a place that was exclusive, exciting and had meaning. People still long to remember that place, and the young still benefits from it!
Here’s to you Young Blood!