Michael Jackson music popular in East Tennessee

By: Mark Edwards Email
By: Mark Edwards Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Looking for a used CD by the "King of Pop?" McKay's Used Books and CDs would normally be a good place to find one.

"We've usually got plenty of Michael Jackson, but right now, like, it's gone," said Tre Berney of McKay Used Books and CDs.

"I just looked through all of them, I looked through up and down and I couldn't find anything at all."

George Flory owns some Michael Jackson music, but Thursday's news has him searching for more.

"I guess cause I'm trying to collect his collection now that he's gone."

"I've been a big fan of Michael Jackson since I was a kid. I don't think I'm going top have any luck here or probably anywhere else."

But for Jason Rainey, his lucky day. He spotted a misplaced CD. "The Essential Jacksons. "

"It's kind of hard to explain," said Rainey, "But it's almost like he's not even human. I didn't realize by him passing. How it was going to affect me and people around the world."

If you can't find a CD, your best chance to hear Michael Jackson music is on local radio stations.

At HOT 104.5 FM, they devoted half of their noon throwback mix to Michael Jackson music and took calls from listeners ages 12 to 43.

"I remember he was the first album that mom ever bought for me," one caller said.

Hot 104.5 normally has younger listeners. But Friday, Michael Jackson fans were all ages and generations.

"I'm 16 now. When I was growing up my mom and dad would play his music all the time," one caller said.

DJ "T-the-ROP" spins hip-hop and newer music. And it's surprises him that the "King of Pop has influenced his audience.

"That Michael touched these kids at 12 or 13 years of age just by his music is absolutly unbelieveable. These kids at such a young age got attached to Michael like our parents did when they were their age."

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