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When WRKS program director Jay Dixon heard the first reports that Whitney Houston Cheap Jerseys Online had died, he jumped into his car and headed across the river from New Jersey to the station.
It just took him a little longer than he thought.
â€śAs I was driving,MLB Jerseys Cheap Cheap Nike , I started crying,â€ť he says. â€śYou always hear about these things from Cheap NBA Jerseys afar, but here I was driving right through where she was lived and grew up. I was thinking about her family. . . . I had to pull over.â€ť
That intensity, which Dixon calls â€śa sense of family,â€ť has driven the last week of coverage NHL Jerseys on WRKS (98.7 FM) and WBLS (107.5 FM).
Black stations arenâ€™t the only ones who have celebrated Houstonâ€™s music. WKTU (103.5 FM) went all-Whitney last weekend, treating her with the same reverence it accorded to NHL Jersey Michael Jackson when he died in 2009.
â€śArtists like Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson have been a part of the soundtrack of listenersâ€™ lives,â€ť said WKTU program director Rob Miller. â€śPeople danced to their songs in their high school and college years, used their music as wedding songs.
â€śIt was a no-brainer to play nonstop Whitney music because of what she meant to so many.â€ť
But while WKTU played Whitney all week, it was otherwise the black stations that stayed with her longest and hardest, including a steady stream of calls from shocked and grieved listeners.
â€śWeâ€™re a place people know they can go,â€ť says Dixon. â€śYou can find comfort here.â€ť
Skip Dillard, program director of WBLS, says the station felt the same jolt as listeners when word of Houstonâ€™s death first started NHL Hockey Jerseys to spread.
â€śIt was a Saturday night, and like a lot of stations,Jerseys Online Cheap Nike NFL, that meant we were in party mode,â€ť he said. â€śBut changing over to play her music was the right thing to do. So many of our listeners grew up listening to her music on this station.â€ť
Perhaps ironically, Houston heard some criticism at the peak of her career that she was drifting away from her roots in R&B and gospel to pursue a mainstream pop sound ? and thereâ€™s no denying she appealed to music fans of every color, as the response to her death on WKTU underscored.
â€śAs soon as we announced it on-air, the phones started lighting up with shocked listeners,â€ť says Miller. â€śPeople were calling up crying.â€ť
Dixon says black radio just took Houstonâ€™s death in a uniquely personal way.
â€śThere are people at this station who are friends with the Houston family,â€ť said Dixon. â€śMembers of the family listen to this Cheap Jerseys NFL station.â€ť
Kiss broadcast Saturdayâ€™s service live.
Dillard says WBLS coverage, including a tribute weekend that just ended, was guided by listenersâ€™ wishes.
â€śPeople say that sometimes a radio station moves on before its listeners do,â€ť he says. â€śIt sometimes takes people a long time to absorb a tragedy like this. So as long as people want to keep hearing her music,Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Online (58), weâ€™ll keep playing it.â€ť