Radio Reacts Quickly To Death Of Prince


Once the news started spreading that the 57-year-old musical genius had passed away, radio stations all over the country went into tribute mode. Cox Media Group was paying tribute on stations all over the country. And Atlanta Manager of Radio Ratings & Research Paul Douglas told us Cox Media Group’s AC WSB-FM had billboards up across the metro by mid-afternoon. Here are a few other examples of radio’s quick reaction. Buffalo’s Hot AC Star 102.5, CHR Kiss 98.5, and Alternative Buffalo all broke formatEntercom Thursday for Prince tributes and to play his music. AM 1400 Solid Gold went 100% Prince music. Pictured here are Operations Manager and Star PM drive personality Sue O’Neil being interviewed by a local Buffalo TV station about the death of the music icon. iHeartRadio pays tribute HERE Patti JacksonIn Philadelphia, iHeart’s WDAS-FM afternoon host Patty Jackson (left) spoke with Hillary Clinton about the passing of Prince. LISTEN HERE Connoisseur Media Long Island’s New 103.1 MAX FM decided to feature Prince’s music with specialty programming. MAX FM specializes in ’80s music so John Lynch spent his entire 7 p.m.Max Fm Logo to 10 p.m. show Thursday night — and will do the same Friday night — paying tribute to Prince. Lynch featured Prince’s music by request, live, from Long Island listeners and Prince fans. Multiple stations in the Connoisseur group are breaking format to honor Prince’s life and career. Mix 1077In Dayton, for hours Thursday evening, Mix 107.7 honored Prince by airing his music non-stop. PD Jeff Stevens told Channel 2, “We literally deleted everything that was planned for the afternoon and we just became Prince 107.7. This is what a local radio station is about. We’re playing Prince, we’re taking calls. People are just completely shocked.” The Atlanta Journal Constitution has a column on everything radio in Atlanta was doing to honor Prince. Benztown put together an audio tribute you can listen to HERE. ABC Radio ran a special last night, called “Prince – Death of a Legend,” anchored by ABCABC Radio News correspondent Aaron Katersky with ABC Radio entertainment reporter Andrea Dresdale and Prince biographer Alan Light. Westwood One dug into its archives and retrieved audio coverage from a press conference Prince held during his “Musicology” tour. The presser took place on February 24, 2004 and featured an interview with the artist and a Q&A from the audience. Here are several of those cuts: The meaning of Musicology. Supporting his fans. The wedding march. SiriusXM has launched a Prince tribute channel.   WMMR’s Pierre Robert tweeted this photo out Thursday. WMMR


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