On June 25, 2009, Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics got a 911 call that would soon set off a global wave of grief, the likes of which had yet to be seen in this century.
Michael Jackson lay unconscious in his bed at home; his personal physician, Conrad Murray, not able to revive him.
Three minutes later, paramedics arrived. But they, too, were unable to wake him.
One hour and 59 minutes later, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the King of Pop was pronounced dead, the victim of an overdose of lorazepam, propofol and midazolam.
That the man many believed to be the greatest entertainer of all time had ceased to exist at age 50 was unimaginable. Overloaded with messages of the tragedy, Twitter crashed. So did AOL Instant Messenger and Wikipedia. Google, slowed to a crawl by the surge in traffic, appeared to be—as execs at the search giant initially believed—under attack.
The media, meanwhile—including BlogTalkRadio, with a live special titled Michael Jackson Remembered—went into marathon mode, honoring Michael while doing their best to capture the unparalleled outpouring of emotion from fans of all ages.
Twelve days later, more than 31.1 million people in the U.S. watched Michael’s memorial service at L.A.’s Staples Center, while an estimated 970 million others around the world tuned in, too. Among the Gloved One’s pals who turned out in person to pay tribute were Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah and Maya Angelou.
This Friday, June 25, on the one-year anniversary of Michael’s death, BlogTalkRadio presents Michael Jackson Remembered: 2010.
The live two-hour special, beginning at 10pm ET, and anchored once again from St. Petersburg, Fla., by Bob “Mr. Media” Andelman, will put into perspective the events that have come to pass since that sad day.
At the same time, we’ll open up the lines to callers who wish to share their feelings about Michael’s legacy, and recall where they were when they first learned of his passing.
Joining Bob will be five of his fellow BTR hosts: From Philadelphia, Mutha of The Mutha Knows Show; from Dayton, Ohio, Darryl Williams of WDKK Radio; also from Dayton, Tony Peters of Icon Fetch; from Evesham, N.J., Jacqueline Foreman of Your Mental Health; and from Nashville, Tenn., Janice Malone of Film Festival Radio.
We’ll also feature commentary from such guests as rocker Tommy James; Michael’s one-time ladylove, soul diva Stephanie Mills; country music superstar Dolly Parton; Michael’s dad Joe Jackson; Weldon McDougal III, former A&R exec for Motown Records who traveled extensively with the Jackson 5; GC Cameron of The Temptations; and CNN News anchor Don Lemon.
To tune into Michael Jackson Remembered: 2010, click here.
To visit the official Michael Jackson website, click here.