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J.J. Jackson Died Today In Los Angeles  
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40070 posts, RR: 74
Posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2355 times:

Posted on Thu, Mar. 18, 2004


J.J. Jackson, original MTV VJ, dies at 62 in Los Angeles


ALEX VEIGA

Associated Press


LOS ANGELES - John 'J.J.' Jackson, a longtime radio station disc jockey who in the 1980s helped usher in the music video era as one of the first MTV on-air personalities, has died. He was 62.

Jackson died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday while driving home from dinner in Los Angeles, friends and radio industry colleagues said Thursday.

"I talked to him like two days ago. J.J. was in a great place," said Mark Goodman, a longtime friend who also worked with Jackson as a 'VJ' when MTV launched in 1981. "It's incredible, so incredibly sad it happened like this."

In a statement, MTV said Jackson's love of music and good humor helped set the tone for the cable music network in its formative years.

"He was a big part of the channel's success and we are sure he is in the music section of heaven, with lots of his friends and heroes," the statement said. "He will be greatly missed."

Jackson's career in broadcasting began in radio. He first gained prominence while working at WBCN in Boston in the late 1960s, then moved in 1971 to Los Angeles where he took on the afternoon radio slot at KLOS.

In the late '70s, he worked as a music reporter for KABC-TV, then it was off to New York and MTV, where his musical knowledge, hewn over years in radio, helped ease his transition to a new format for music, Goodman said.

"It was a great experience for him. He came in already knowing and being successful," Goodman said. "We were all thrust into the spotlight and he was able to take the things that happened at MTV with stride."

After five years at MTV, Jackson returned to radio in Los Angeles, including a stint hosting a nationally syndicated show on the Westwood One Radio Network. Most recently, he was hosting an afternoon slot at Los Angeles' KTWV.

"All of us at The Wave (KTWV) are saddened by the news about J.J.," said Samantha Wiedmann, assistant program director for KTWV. "He was a warm, kind person whose track record in the industry speaks for itself."

Goodman said Jackson had been divorced for some time. He had a daughter and two grandchildren in the Bahamas, Goodman said.




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This is sad. When I got exposed to MTV, I was used to him being the VJ between those great video MTV no longer plays.
(Rush, The Police, John Cougar Mellencamp, ZZ Top, Michael Jackson, THe Pretenders).



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User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2278 times:

Oh Man, bad news Sad

I remember MTV from day one, and the original crowd of VJ's were the best.


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

Those were the days when MTV had good musical taste. They play nothing but crap now, especially in Europe.

Charles


User currently offlineSantosdumont From Brazil, joined Dec 2003, 1201 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2166 times:

Man, that piece of sad news makes me feel old.

 Insane



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40070 posts, RR: 74
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

He was the last MTV VJ that just simply introduced videos instead of these newer idiots with attitude.
MTV was a good station and a good source for music back then.

Now I rather watch C-Span and CNN instead of MTV.


[Edited 2004-03-22 12:19:26]


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User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2042 times:

I felt sorry to hear about what happen to him. I am hope that will put into the wall with the buried him and he did not like with under of the ground either.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40070 posts, RR: 74
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2014 times:

I think he did the first unmasked interview of KISS.


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User currently offlineFlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1980 times:

This is sad. When I got exposed to MTV, I was used to him being the VJ between those great video MTV no longer plays.
(Rush, The Police, John Cougar Mellencamp, ZZ Top, Michael Jackson, THe Pretenders).


Oh please!! You can't really expect me to believe MTV actually played Rush videos!

 Big grin



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User currently offlineFreshlove1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1976 times:

Rush BLOWS!!!!! so who cares if they played them or not

User currently offlineQIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1972 times:

This J.J Jackson guy is he a member of the famous Jackson family? He sure looks like one of them... Big grin

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40070 posts, RR: 74
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1953 times:

FlyVirgin744:
Yes MTV did play great bands like RUSH back in the early 1980s.



QIguy24:
No he isn't related to the famous Jackson family.



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User currently offlineNorth County From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 712 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1938 times:



Maybe they used the same plastic surgeon?


User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1935 times:

Ahh, the days when MTV actually stood for Music Television. Today MTV is a fucking joke with 23 hours of crappy teeny-bopper programming and most of all crappy music. The only good shows to come out of MTV were "Jackass" and "Beavis and Butthead." Today, its all complete garbage reality shows with loser VJs like that tatooed fatass Matt Pinfield, and crappy rap videos played over and over. Ughhhh....

I hate MTV. Even M2 is starting to go downhill, or is it even around any more?



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User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1929 times:

Gosh.
I agree with Jcs17.
Whatever happened to Nina Blackwood. Didnt she make some bad soft core porn film? Martha Quinn, Nina, and JJ Jackson were the best VJays. Sure, they were cheezy, but in a good way.
And Beavis and butthead rocked.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40070 posts, RR: 74
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1927 times:

I noticed a decline in MTV starting as early as 1986, the year they axed J.J. Jackson.
By 1992 is was all over.
I liked to watch the Headbangers Ball and the Closet Classics but once grunge came and all of the reality TV shows, it was no more.

For some reason, I aways wanted to beat the $h!t out of Rikki Rachman. That guy just seemed like d!ck that needs a good a$$whippin!



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40070 posts, RR: 74
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1895 times:

Now MTV sinks to a new low.  Sad


http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040323/ap_on_el_ge/mtv_republicans_1



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