Local radio listeners reflect on Michael Jackson's life and legacy

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The phones have been ringing off the hook at radio stations across Richmond as people share their memories about the King of Pop.

For the most part, people have been talking about the impact Michael Jackson had on the music industry and how much they've enjoyed listening to their favorite Jackson tunes over the years.

One caller did reflect on the negative aspects of Jackson's life, but that was far outweighed by the overwhelming love and respect for this legend.

Calls started pouring into local radio stations the moment news broke about the death heard around the world.

"I'm still kind of shocked."

"It's like he was never given his proper recognition."

From Church Hill to south Richmond, listeners shared memories about music legend.

"He had a big influence on my life back in the day I used to mimic Michael I had the socks the gloves."

Morning news reporter Ms. Maya Love for 99.3 and 105.7 was called back into work to keep listeners up to date on the story and the discussion going about Jackson.

"A pop legend a brother," said Love.

"You don't ever want to be the person delivering bad news it's a very unique situation," said Q94's Melissa Chase.

Similar calls of condolence flooded that station's airwaves. But Chase, also fielded some angry calls.

"An icon pop legend child molester do you think negative will overshadow what he did for music industry are you kidding me," said one caller.

Most were in disbelief.

"I just can't even believe it I was for sure he was going to live."

"It's really sad and I remember when it was the Jackson Five."

"I thought no way this has got to be a bad joke."

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