Michael Jackson, a Los Angeles talk radio personality who spent 32 years on KABC Radio and was syndicated on the ABC Radio Network for nearly a decade, died peacefully today in his home in LA after a decade-long battle with Parkinson’s disease, a spokesman said. for the family. Deadline. He was 87.
“The world knew and adored our Michael Jackson. But Michael’s home was California, Los Angeles, America,” Jackson’s frequent radio guest, former California Senator Barbara Boxer, said in a statement. “We are grateful for that.”
During Jackson’s time at KABC between 1966 and 1998, he interviewed hundreds of public figures, including Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, along with heads of state, governors, senators, A-List films and TV stars, writers, musicians, singers and artists.
“It was a testament to Michael that so many of the guests and celebrities actually preferred to come to the studio rather than call. With his British accent and childhood charm, Michael made people comfortable, they opened up. It was his gift,” he noted. Lyle Gregory, Jackson’s show producer for 30 years and close family friend. “Michael shaped an interview for conversation, news and information. Like two people sitting at a kitchen table talking. A table, an open window, where millions tuned in daily all over country, so many of them referred to Michael as their personal university. “
The radio personality was born in England on April 16, 1934 and started his career as a disc jockey in South Africa when his family moved there after World War II. In 1958, he and his family moved again – this time to the United States – where Jackson continued his career as a DJ for San Francisco’s KYA and KEWB, before moving to LA to work for KHJ, KNX and later KABC.
Jackson married movie star Alan Ladd’s daughter Alana Ladd – who died in 2014 – in 1965, where his career in radio continued to span five decades. After his time at KABC, he continued to host talk shows for KRLA, KLAC and KGIL before retiring in 2007 at the age of 73.
Jackson received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984, was named the Los Angeles Times’ “Number One Radio Talk Host of the Year” in 1997 and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2003. He was a member of the Order of the British Empire, which also won awards throughout his career, including four Golden Mike Awards, an honorary doctorate in law from the Western School of Law and the French Legion of Merit Award. More than 2,000 of his radio interviews are housed in the Library of Congress.
Jackson’s children Alan Jackson, Alisa Lipton and Devon Jackson “all honor” their father’s inherited legacy by being polite and kind to each other, to unite as one people and to maintain democracy in the America that our Father so dearly loved and stranger throughout his life in the air and at home.
“We are grateful for our loving father,” they added, “and for those of you who also loved him.”
In addition to his children, Jackson is survived by their spouses Heidi, Tom and Sarah and his grandchildren Taylor, Emily, Adeline, Amelia and Hugo. Plans for a memorial have not yet been announced. Those who wish to pay tribute to Jackson’s memory can do so by donating to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in “Memory of Talk Radio Broadcaster Michael Robin Jackson” at this link.