Taylor Hawkins honored on radio by Howard Stern, Stations Around US
The sudden passing of Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters sent shockwaves through the rock world, and radio immediately seized the moment by paying tribute to the beloved drummer by playing music, sharing old interviews and by broadcasting bereavement fan appeals.
SiriusXM host Howard Stern paid tribute to Hawkins on his channel Monday morning by streaming old interviews and clips of not only Hawkins’ live drum solos, but also his vocal performances, especially his recent rendition. from Queen’s “Somebody to Love”. Stern took calls from listeners remembering Hawkins performing in his one-man band and thought back to interviews that shed light on Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Hawkins’ friendship, which he called one great partnerships in music.
“He was a support guy,” Stern recalled. “He wasn’t a jealous guy…He looked like a rock star. He had everything. He had talent, he was a great drummer [and] had this long blond hair like a surfer.
“He’s gone and I’m sad. I haven’t stopped thinking about it. Just one love,” Stern said of Hawkins, who had just appeared on the show a month earlier with Grohl to talk about the movie “Studio 666” and the band’s recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. .
Other stations, like Meruelo Media’s KLOS (95.5) and Audacy’s KROQ (106.7), both in Los Angeles, moved to all-Foo Fighters playlists with interspersed tributes throughout the weekend. -end.
When the news broke Friday night, KLOS swung into action with hosts Greg Beharrell, Matt Pinfield and Stew Herrera sharing stories, interview clips and audio from Hawkins and his many studio visits.
“Taylor became a friend 27 years ago, so for me and for many of us in the rock community, it was a crushing tragedy,” PInfield said. Variety. “But on the radio, I wanted to celebrate his life, his legacy, his musical spirit and his influence. He was one of a kind – a shining light with unparalleled energy. He will be missed terribly.”
KLOS Program Director Keith Cunningham spoke about Hawkins and his “special relationship” with KLOS.
“He would often tell us stories about growing up in Southern California and listening to KLOS. And even though he was a frequent studio guest or even a guest host, those were the charitable things he was always ready to help that show you what a great man he was, like helping us raise money each year for St. Jude or volunteering his time and playing for free to raise money to fight cancer in honor of the DJ KLOS Bob Coburn,” he said.
Cunningham said Hawkins is still in touch.
“I remember getting a text from Taylor one day because he was so happy we were playing ‘Mean Street’ by Van Halen. Taylor loved Van Halen, and when Eddie passed away he was the first to call and share emotional memories of one of his all-time favorite guitarists,” he said.
The radio station has also posted a few videos of his time at the station on social media, one of which shows him playing on a children’s drum kit and jamming with Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones.
“Who but Taylor Hawkins would bring a drum kit for kids to jam?” said Cunningham.
KROQ—along with all of Audacy’s alternative stations, including New York’s Alt 923—also streamed Foo Fighters songs throughout the weekend and invited listeners to listen to the Foo Fighters station on the app. Audacy for more content. KROQ has also removed all advertisements for a hands-on situation with morning host Kevin Klein, KROQ afternoon host Megan Holiday and KROQ MD Miles Anzaldo live through Saturday. Veteran KROQ midday host Nicole Alvarez has played Foo Fighters music, which also included live KROQ performances and concerts in Los Angeles over the years. That night at 7 p.m., KROQ replayed the KROQ Sound Space 2017 performance by the Foo Fighters. Sunday night, the station hosted a “Locals Only” edition of all of Taylor Hawkins’ projects, and Monday morning, the “Klein and Ally” show took calls and played “nothing but Foo music.” Fighters”, including an encore of Foo Fighters’ 2017 KROQ. Sound space.
“I try not to stay in the saddest part,” Alvarez said on air Saturday afternoon. “I just want to celebrate the fact that we were able to share time on earth with someone as magnetic and just as beautiful as Taylor Hawkins.”
Immediately after the news broke, KYSR (ALT 98.7) PD Lisa Worden asked on-air personalities Booker and Stryker to turn around and return to the radio station.
“Funnily enough, I was still in Burbank and turned around when I got the text,” Booker said. “Stryker and I met to go live until midnight talking to some very emotional callers, reading their texts and also sharing our interactions and our own memories with him. We just wanted to be there with the fans with whom we have attended shows countless times.
Worden adds, “They played Foo Fighters music non-stop until midnight while taking calls and reading texts from listeners. Stryker has a 20+ year history with the band, so he had some great personal stories to tell.
She continued, “The response from listeners has been overwhelming; they were grateful to have a place to express their grief and share their own personal stories with people who could relate. We then continued to be live all weekend while playing tons of Foos music, interview clips, and more. honoring Taylor throughout the weekend. Tonight, we’re rebroadcasting their performance from our iHeartRadio ALTer Ego 2021 concert on all iHeartMedia Alternative and Rock stations (around 90 radio stations).
On the East Coast, iHeartRadio’s Q1043 aired a sweeper produced in Hawkins’ honor, playing lots of music as news broke and tracks throughout the weekend. Like all iHeartRadio stations, the radio station will rebroadcast the Foo Fighters iHeartRadio show ALTer Ego 2021 on Monday night.
In Philadelphia, Beasley Broadcast Group’s WMMR kicked off a nearly three-hour tribute hosted by Ryan Shuttleworth and Sydney Taylor, with veteran midday jock Pierre Robert devoting two hours to the drummer on Monday. Other stations also honored Hawkins, including WXTB Tampa from iHeartMedia (97.9), WEBN Cincinnati (102.7) and KEGL Dallas (97.1) “Rock 100.5” from Cumulus Media WNNX Atlanta, WRIF from Beasley in Detroit, WIYY Baltimore from Hearst Television, WXRT from Audacy (93.1) and 95.9 The Rat from Beasley, Belmar.