Reactions To The Passing Of Michael Jackson
June 26, 2009 at 5:15 PM (PT)
While the shock of YESTERDAY's (NET NEWS 6/25) passing of MICHAEL JACKSON has yet to wear off, statements continue to pour from friends and fans of "The King Of Pop."
SONY CORP. Chairman/CEO/Pres. SIR HOWARD STRINGER said, "MICHAEL JACKSON was a brilliant troubadour for his generation, a genius whose music reflected the passion and creativity of an era. His artistry and magnetism changed the music landscape forever. We have been profoundly affected by his originality, creativity and amazing body of work. The entire SONY family extends our deepest condolences to his family and to the millions of fans around the world who loved him."
SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT CEO ROLF SCHMIDT-HOLTZ, said, "MICHAEL JACKSON's unsurpassed artistry and beloved music brought joy to every corner of the world. We join today with his millions of fans in expressing our profound sadness and we offer our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. It was a true privilege for all of us in the SONY MUSIC family to work with one of the most talented superstars in the history of music. We will miss him greatly."
SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING Chairman/CEO MARTIN BANDIER said, "MICHAEL was the kind of amazing talent who comes along once in a lifetime. He was an incredible recording artist, an insightful businessman, an unmatched performer, and a true icon. To all of us at SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING, he was also a trusted and passionate partner, who was very proud of our accomplishments. He will be dearly missed. We wish his children and entire family our deepest condolences."
MOTOWN Founder BERRY GORDY said, "I am shocked beyond words. It’s like a dream -- a bad dream. This cannot be! How can MICHAEL JACKSON not be here? As a kid, MICHAEL was always beyond his years. He had a knowingness about him that was incredible. When I first heard him sing SMOKEY’s song, 'Who’s Lovin’ You' at 10 years’ old, it felt like he had lived the song for 50 years. Somehow, even at that first meeting with him, he had a hunger to learn, a hunger to be the best and was willing to work as hard and as long as it took. I had no concern about his ability to go to the top. He was like my son. He had warmth, sensitivity and two personalities. When he was not on stage, he was loving, respectful and shy. When he WAS on stage, he was so in charge you would not believe he was the same person. MICHAEL was and will remain one of the greatest entertainers who ever lived. He was exceptional, artistic and original. He gave the world his heart and soul through his music. I extend my sympathies to JOE, KATHERINE and the entire JACKSON family. My prayers are with them."
Radio Continues To React
CBS Classic Hits WCBS-F/NEW YORK night host RON PARKER shared with ALL ACCESS, "I went into full MICHAEL JACKSON mode at 7p-midnight. We took calls non-stop with people requesting their favorite songs plus the out pouring of sympathy from NEW YORKERS. Our MICHAEL JACKSON Top 5 at 9 was tabulated from listeners requests -- I have never seen non stop phone calls like this in years! The #1 requested MICHAEL JACKSON tune for NEW YORK CITY was 'Man in the Mirror.' We had updated reports from our sister news station 1010 WINS -- plus callers live at MICHAEL JACKSON gatherings in TIMES SQUARE and in HARLEM where the APOLLO THEATER did a MICHAEL JACKSON tribute."
CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40/R WKTU/NEW YORK "celebrates the life and extraordinary career of MICHAEL JACKSON" with programming this morning through SUNDAY. KTU invites listeners to listen to JACKSON’s musical journey from his early days in the JACKSON 5, to his epic days of "Thriller" and his journey to his latest comeback, cut tragically short. Listeners are invited to call in and share MICHAEL JACKSON stories and memories on KTU's "MICHAEL JACKSON hotline" at (800) 245-1035 or post them on them online at www.ktu.com. As part of the tribute, KTU has posted a MICHAEL JACKSON video vault and photo gallery here.
RUSS OASIS Oldies WKLU/INDIANAPOLIS was live on the air THURSDAY when the news broke that pop icon MICHAEL JACKSON had passed at the age of 50. Marketing /Promotions Mgr. TONY FOXWORTHY told ALL ACCESS that "covering events 'long form' in PM Drive SCOTT 'RECORDS' RODDY aired dozens of calls from Hoosiers shocked to hear of the sudden passing of one of pop music’s most influential characters. OLDIES 101.9 is the only live adult station at night in the market and the phones blew up!"
DICK Top 40 WKZL/GREENSBORO made an appearance on local FOX-8 TV to discuss JACKSON. Check out the video here.
CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 KIIS-F/LOS ANGELES Creative Services Director KELLY DOHERTY (aka KELLY-KELLY-KELLY) produced a beautiful piece for ON-AIR WITH RYAN SEACREST. Just click here.
CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 KDWB/MINNEAPOLIS OM/PD ROB MORRIS is introducing some MICHAEL JACKSON "mega mixes" all weekend. There is additional MICHAEL JACKSON content at kdwb.com.
And, DIGITAL SOUND AND VIDEO has produced a very nice tribute to MICHAEL. Voiced by DAVID TYLER, written by ED LACOMB, researched by ROB FIORINO, and edited by TOM KARKUT, a short and long version is available here.
SANDUSKY RADIO Rhythmic AC KQMV (MOViN 92.5)/SEATTLE will pay tribute to MJ on SUNDAY afternoon in downtown SEATTLE by attempting the world’s largest Moonwalk. MJ fans, friends and listeners will be able to honor the King of Pop by having the moonwalk down SEATTLE’s Jackson Street.
"The phone lines lit up when news about MICHAEL JACKSON’s death was announced, with an outpouring of memories & song requests," KQMV PD MAYNARD said. "We wanted to do something big to show our appreciation for how much he has impacted us musically and culturally."
MAX MEDIA AC WVBW (THE WAVE)/NORFOLK is holding a "MICHAEL JACKSON More Music Weekend. Starting at 7p ET tonight, THE WAVE will play at least one MJ song every hour.
"Fans of all ages are remembering the musical and entertainment icon" PD/afternoons MIKE ALLEN said."MICHAEL JACKSON's untimely death shocked the world. His musical influences have touched so many of our listeners and it's our honor and privilege to salute 'The King' this weekend and reflect on the life of the legend."
Webcaster THERADIO.COM launched an all-MICHAEL JACKSON channel TODAY to pay tribute to the life and music of the pop icon who died yesterday. The MICHAEL JACKSON channel will join other music channels currently available at THERADIO.COM, a free online music service.
"The addition of the MICHAEL JACKSON channel is in response to the newly-ignited demand for his music brought on by his death," Dir./Programming SCOTT JOHNSON said. "The capability to react within hours is a feature of the streaming radio platform and the depth of music available from THERADIO.COM."
For more information about THERADIO.COM's MICHAEL JACKSON channel or any of the other 217 streaming music channels visit http://www.TheRadio.Com or call (888) 697-6630.
For something a bit off the beaten path, RON "BOOGIE MONSTER" GERBER -- host of a FRIDAY night show called "Crap From The Past" (www.crapfromthepast.com) on KFAI/MINNEAPOLIS -- and BONNEVILLE Adult Hits WARH (106.5 THE ARCH)/ST. LOUIS air talent JAY PHILPOT have unearthed a patent that they claim was taken out by MICHAEL JACKSON for a Moonwalk boot. Check it out.
Spikes And Outages As The Internet Reacts
AOL released this statement, "TODAY was a seminal moment in Internet history. We've never seen anything like it in terms of scope or depth. Historically, celebrity news prompts a worldwide outpouring with several key consumer behaviors -- searching, sharing and reacting to the news followed by online tributes has become the modern way to mourn. PRINCESS DIANA was the first notable Internet example. MICHAEL JACKSON and FARRAH FAWCETT are the latest. At AOL our AIM instant messaging service was undergoing a previously scheduled software update which should normally prove routine. It proved not to be. There was a significant increase in traffic due to TODAY’s news and AIM was down for approximately 40 minutes this afternoon."
TWITTER crashed as users saw multiple "fail whales" -- the illustrations the site uses as error messages.
"Between approximately 2:40p. PDT and 3:15p PDT today, some GOOGLE NEWS users experienced difficulty accessing search results for queries related to MICHAEL JACKSON," a GOOGLE spokesman told CNET, which also reported that GOOGLE NEWS users complained that the service was inaccessible for a time. At its peak, GOOGLE Trends rated the JACKSON story as "volcanic."