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J.J. Jackson Died Today In Los Angeles

Fri Mar 19, 2004 11:14 am

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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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RE: J.J. Jackson Died Today In Los Angeles

Fri Mar 19, 2004 3:19 pm

Oh Man, bad news Sad

I remember MTV from day one, and the original crowd of VJ's were the best.
 
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RE: J.J. Jackson Died Today In Los Angeles

Fri Mar 19, 2004 4:30 pm

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

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RE: J.J. Jackson Died Today In Los Angeles

Sat Mar 20, 2004 6:49 am

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

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RE: J.J. Jackson Died Today In Los Angeles

Mon Mar 22, 2004 8:18 pm

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.


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RE: J.J. Jackson Died Today In Los Angeles

Tue Mar 23, 2004 12:36 am

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.
 
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RE: J.J. Jackson Died Today In Los Angeles

Tue Mar 23, 2004 7:14 am

I think he did the first unmasked interview of KISS.
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RE: J.J. Jackson Died Today In Los Angeles

Tue Mar 23, 2004 2:21 pm

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!

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RE: J.J. Jackson Died Today In Los Angeles

Tue Mar 23, 2004 2:25 pm

Rush BLOWS!!!!! so who cares if they played them or not
 
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RE: J.J. Jackson Died Today In Los Angeles

Tue Mar 23, 2004 2:33 pm

This J.J Jackson guy is he a member of the famous Jackson family? He sure looks like one of them... Big grin
 
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RE: J.J. Jackson Died Today In Los Angeles

Wed Mar 24, 2004 1:10 am

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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RE: J.J. Jackson Died Today In Los Angeles

Wed Mar 24, 2004 4:09 am



Maybe they used the same plastic surgeon?
 
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RE: J.J. Jackson Died Today In Los Angeles

Wed Mar 24, 2004 4:21 am

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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RE: J.J. Jackson Died Today In Los Angeles

Wed Mar 24, 2004 5:39 am

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.
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RE: J.J. Jackson Died Today In Los Angeles

Wed Mar 24, 2004 5:53 am

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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Wed Mar 24, 2004 1:47 pm

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