Michael_Jackson_Talk_Radio Saturday, April 2, 2011 Michael_Jackson_Talk_RadioMichael_Jackson_Talk_Radio

L. A. radio's living legend, Michael Jackson

Michael_Jackson_Talk_RadioMichael_Jackson_Talk_RadioMichael_Jackson_Talk_RadioMichael_Jackson_Talk_RadioMarch 31, 2011 | Larry Mantle | Blogs from KPCC
Michael_Jackson_Talk_Radiocapitalhat a pleasure in having the talk radio giant Michael Jackson observing part of AirTalk Thursday morning. Michael dropped in to check out our studios and watch how we put together our daily program.

One can't overestimate the impact Jackson had on Los Angeles radio for the decades he was on the air. His huge ratings spoke to his popularity, but what impressed me most was his energy and passion for talking about the most important topics of the day. Michael made listeners feel like they were on top of what was happening, right up to the minute. The big name guests were also a thrill.

The values Michael embodied made a big impact on me as a young listener. His courtesy, curiosity, and obvious love of his work were infectious. I could hear his openness and willingness to entertain a wide range of ideas, not just the ones that came from conventional wisdom.

For many years, Michael had the longest running daily talk program on Los Angeles radio. I'm now in that position, celebrating our 26th anniversary on Friday, April 1st. However, Michael had no one to look to as a role model for his success. He pioneered talk radio, emulated no one, and was a thorough original. I've always had him to look to as the mark of excellence.

Thank you, Michael, for setting the standard to admire in our business. I've learned a great deal from you and am honored by your visit.


Michael_Jackson_Talk_RadioMichael_Jackson_Talk_RadioMichael_Jackson_Talk_RadioMichael_Jackson_Talk_RadioApril 1, 2011 | Michael Jackson| Blogs from KPCC

I had a fun experience yesterday, visiting the new studios of KPCC in Pasadena. Craig Curtis, the program director, gave me a tour and told me the story of the station's evolution and growth. As modern in design and equipment as any radio station I've ever visited or worked in, it had me thinking back to my earliest days in radio broadcasting. The old "magic" was there. They work hard in this superb environment to earn your support.

Larry, I knew in these informal times I'd meet someone else who dresses for radio. It is dumb, I suppose, but I feel the listener deserves a well dressed host. Let's meet sometime soon in front of a microphone, and get to know each other and your audience. I was 32 years on KABC.

There's so much to talk about - and KPCC is doing it, superbly.

Fondly and with much respect,

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