Thursday, September 3, 2009

Michael Jackson Is Back (From the Dead)

By now you've probably seen or heard about the video that purports to show Michael Jackson hopping out of a coroner's van. It's a hoax of course, made by the German broadcaster RTL to demonstrate how easy it is for the internet to spread misinformation and conspiracy theories. The grainy footage is convincingly amateurish but its briefness and lack of seeing Jackson from the front make it ultimately underwhelming. This didn't stop hoardes of hysterical Jacko fans from thinking that the King of Pop was alive while simultaneously proving RTL's assertions.

The Michael Jackson on this sticker refers to the English-born, Los Angeles-based talk show host. He worked at 1260 AM KGIL in LA for just under a year after a 30 year career at KABC. Both Jacksons have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame but Wacko's was innaccessible at the time of his death due to a movie premiere. Distraught fan's instead used the radio host's star around which to build memorials to their fallen pop idol.

KGIL is licensed to Beverly Hills, California. Just last month they dropped News/Talk and flipped to a mix of Oldies and Adult Standards as "Retro 1260."

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