Thursday, June 25, 2009

Boston radio mourns Michael Jackson

The King of Pop's reign came to an abrupt end Thursday with news that Michael Jackson died after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 50.The musical legend was best known for his album's Thriller (1982), Bad (1987) and his role in the child pop music group the Jackson Five.

A number of Boston stations are paying on-air tribute to Jackson's music tonight. Two of Boston's Top 40 stations - Kiss 108(WXKS-FM) and its sibling Jamn 94-5(WJMN-FM) are running non-stop with Jackson's biggest hits of the 80's and 90's. On Kiss 108, afternooner Romeo is sharing his memories and taking calls from listeners. Over on Jamn 94-5, morning team of Ramiro and Pebbles, joined by their show's members Pup Dawg and Melissa, has taken over the night-time airwaves by playing Jackson's music which probably hasn't been heard on the station since it was known as WZOU. On Mix 98-5(WBMX), night jock Lady D is mixing Jackson's music with station's regular Hot AC playlist. Meanwhile, on Oldies 103.3(WODS) which normally runs syndicated Tom Kent at night, the morning team of Chris Zito and Karen Blake came on at 6:30pm and are going wall-to-wall with Jackson's library covering the early days of Jackson 5 to his biggest hits from the 80's.

WHRB 95.3FM, Harvard University’s student-run FM radio station, will also be playing Michael Jackson all night as it pays tribute to the legendary musician. The all-Jackson marathon on WHRB 95.3FM will be played in its original form - on vinyl.

Mix 98-5's long-running "Back to the 80's Friday Night" show is planning a Michael Jackson tribute tomorrow night(7pm-Midnight).

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