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Dubuque radio DJ's react to Jackson's death

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- The last time Michael Jackson performed in Iowa was in 1971, at the Iowa State Fair. But his music could be heard across Iowa today; many area radio stations paid tribute to Michael Jackson by playing his songs.

Wednesday afternoon was like any normal day here in the KAT FM studios in Dubuque.

"I had been covering the Farrah Fawcett story through out the afternoon," said DJ Erica Rae.

That was until Rae got a phone call.

"The first person to break the news to us was a Dubuquer," said Rae.

A listener called in and told Rae that Jackson was in the hospital.

"I kinda waited on it a little, but as other stations started to pick it up, I announced it over air," she said.

Within an hour she learned of his death.

"TMZ was the only one reporting it and no one else was following it so I took a chance and just kinda went on the air and announced that he had passed away," said Rae.

Since then she says there have been a lot of Michael Jackson requests.

Meanwhile over at Classic Rock, KGRR DJ's are hearing about Jackson's death too.

"KGRR doesn't play him but everybody, we talked to a lot of people everyday, since last night that's been the first thing our of everybody's mouth," said DJ Johnny Rhodes.

Rhodes recalls Jackson's influence and legacy.

"Many years of radio I've seen so many big stars, nobody ever came close to how big he was, unless you go back to Elvis maybe and the Beatles," said Rhodes.

And as radio stations across the national play songs to honor Jackson. DJ's in Dubuque say he'll live on through his music.

Thursday night program managers at KAT FM played a song every hour in Jackson's honor.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires
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