RFFocus 17th Anniversary Magazine/Black Music Month Issue
“Flowers for the Living”
Last week, I was invited to attend a listening party for Usher in Las Vegas. In the midst of having a great time, I could not help but to think how unfortunate it is that we don’t have urban radio conventions in the industry anymore where people from ALL companies and corporations can attend. I’ve also been asked many times to put on a conference for the urban radio and music industry with RFFocus .
This week we also lost one of the greatest pioneers and legends in the urban radio industry.
Mr. Hal Jackson was truly one of the last remaining true urban radio legends who was deserving of the utmost respect as he was right there decades ago to experience what many of us would consider unfathomable in today’s industry.
Shortly after his death this week, I had a conversation with WBLS’s Skip Dillard about his history in the industry and it literally sounded like the makings of a great script for a movie. Jackson was so determined to work in radio that he ignored being repeatedly told that a black man can’t be on the air at a radio station yet he pursued his dream and made it happen. For those of us who are hardcore true radio vets, we can appreciate and respect people like Mr. Jackson. The outpouring of love and respect that I have received via email and phone calls this week on his behalf is beyond comprehension. He was truly loved and respected and he was fortunate enough to do what he loved doing until the end.. Radio.
I had already intended to spotlight and salute several people for the anniversary issue of RFFocus .
I wanted to pinpoint those who despite extremely limited creative platforms are still able to have stellar stations nonetheless. Mr. Jackson’s death made me want to drive the point home even more. I wanted to use the opportunity for all of us to take a minute to pat other urban radio and music industry people on the back for a job well done. Why? Because Urban radio and music industry people do not get enough accolades, praise and appreciation for what we do and we don’t have to wait for “others” to do it, we should be doing it ourselves.
When was the last time you called an urban radio or music industry person and congratulated them on their efforts? I have learned that the best way for you to get what you want in life is to help others get what they want and we ALL want to be recognized for our hard work and effort.
We have lost SO many great industry people over the last few years and the theme of this magazine, The RFFocus 17th Anniversary issue is Flowers for the Living. Let’s not wait until an urban radio or industry person‘s death to talk about how great they were, it’s time to tell them NOW how great they ARE. I hope that you will join me in saluting:
…and several others on their outstanding contributions to an industry that we love and have been beyond blessed to still be working in for this stellar issue of RFFocus Magazine.
Help us make The RFFocus 17th Anniversary/Black Music Month issue something to be proud of and remember for years to come.
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Deadline for Advertising has been moved back because of a tribute to Mr. Hal Jackson. The official deadline for advertising is now May 31, 2012. Contact kevRoss [email protected] for more info. Thanks to all the sponsors of this historic issue of RFFocus Magazine (on your desk Mid June)
kevRoss – Owner