Whitney Houston’s funeral is going to be a significantly smaller, private affair than that of Michael Jackson or James Brown. It will be held at Houston’s childhood church, New Hope Baptist Church, in Newark, N.J.
But it will be readily available to catch via Web, TV or radio.
Here are some of your sundry options:
On television: BET, Centric and E! will be airing the funeral live starting at 11:30 a.m. EST. CNN will begin coverage at 11 a.m., anchored by by Piers Morgan, Soledad O’Brien, and Don Lemon. HLN will have anchors Ryan Smith and Susan Hendricks with Jane Velez-Mitchell and AJ Hammer in Newark starting at noon. New Atlanta-based network Bounce TV and Fuse TV will the funeral beginning at noon. Fox News will cover it as a live news event with Uma Pemmaraju and Jon Scott anchoring and correspondent Kelly Wright outside the church.MSNBC coverage begins at noon with Alex Witt anchoring.
On radio:R&B station Kiss 104.1 will air a one-hour tribute at noon with all her No. 1 songs, reports from the scenes and comments from listeners. The station will air the funeral live, said Tony Kidd, who oversees Kiss. So will Sirius/XM’s Heart & Soul channel 48. R&B station Majic 107.5/97.5 and gospel station Praise 102.5 will have a moment of silence at noon Saturday, according to program director Derek Harper. I’m awaiting a response from R&B/hip-hop station V-103 about their coverage.
On the Web: CNN.com and E! Online will simulcast their network coverage. Several websites will be live streaming the funeral, including www.wsbtv.com, www.cnn.com/live, http://livestream.com/aplive, www.foxnews.com and www.majicatl.com, to name a few.
TMZ obtained the invite and it’s being dubbed a “home going” service, which implies it will be more upbeat than a regular funeral.
Among the expected attendees: Clive Davis, Aretha Franklin, CeCe Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, Tyler Perry, Kevin Costner, Alicia Keys, her cousin Dionne Warwick, ex-husband Bobby Brown and Stevie Wonder.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk