Detroit DJs react to Prince's death, help local audience through it

His songs dominated the airwaves for decades and local DJs spoke about the loss of a legend.


He was a superstar whose music transcended genres and generations and Thursday, millions of fans across the world are shocked and saddened as Prince passes away at the age of 57.

Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead inside his house this morning in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

His songs dominated the airwaves for decades and local DJs spoke about the loss of a legend.

On Thursday local radio stations changed up their regular programming to playing songs from the artist who transcended musical genres, and paved a way of his own.

Local radio stations are changing up their regular programming playing songs from the artist who transcended musical genres, and paved a way of his own.

"Because he loved his music," said Bushman, from WJLB 97.9, “he could do things on stage and change things on stage that most musicians today can't do."

All the way up the dial stations like 95.5, 97.9, 100.3, are playing Prince's greatest hits, and taking calls from listeners.

"A lot of people have been calling and we are just talking about it, remembering the good times, the awesome music," said Theresa Lucas, 100.3 WNIC. "Really a great, great loss."

"He transcends formats," said Kasey from 106.7 The D. "We play classic rock here but people forget he was a great guitarist. All you need to do is go online and look at some of his performances."

Prince was found dead at his home in Paisley Park, in suburban Minneapolis Thursday morning. Officials say he was hospitalized last Friday for having flu-like symptoms, Then he performed in a concert the next day.

"Starting as a young person in this industry, it's hard to make it, it's frustrating," said Joey, from 95.5 Mojo in the Morning. "But he still overcame everything and became such a good brand for himself."

And now the hits that made Prince famous go down in history as the legend still lives on the airwaves.

"That's music, when you can really feel it," Bushman said. "And you're so in touch with the artist, so that you're sad, you're hurting, you're mourning. That's what people are going to be doing."


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