Prince Rogers Nelson passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at his Paisley Park residence in Minnesota. He was 57 years old.
Known for his innovative music and virtuoso guitar skills, he dominated the music scene for most of the 1980’s, reaching one of many highs with the soundtrack to Purple Rain. He continued producing recording music up until the time of his death, most recently with his band 3rdeyegirl.
“When you were a weird person in the 80’s, Prince was a good person to like,” said WRUW’s DJBG on her Prince tribute show.
In the last few days since Prince’s passing, several of our WRUW radio shows devoted their programming to Prince, his music, and bands influenced by his work.
Prince Tributes on WRUW
Aired Saturday, 4/23/2016, 8:00pm-10:00pm (2 hrs)
Rachel mixed many popular Prince favorites with his older work in an upbeat tribute to Prince.
Click here to see the “Guilty Pleasures Prince Tribute” playlist
“The Cream of Broccoli Radio Hour” Aired Sunday, 4/24/2016, 10:00am-12:00noon (2 hrs)
Brandt featured Prince and other artists from Minneapolis and Minnesota.
Click here to see “The Cream of Broccoli Radio Hour Prince Tribute” playlist
“Erie Effusion” Aired Sunday, 4/24/2016, 6:00pm-8:00pm (2 hrs)
DJBG featured Prince and other artists who have ties to Paisley Park and Prince. She brought us Prince mixed with Vanity 6, Appollonia 6, The Time, The Family, Morris Day, Shiela E., Wendy + Lisa, and more.
Click here to see the “Erie Effusion Prince Tribute” playlist
“The Spandex Years” Aired Sunday, 4/24/2016, 10:00pm-12:00am (2 hrs)
Patty featured Prince’s big hits, plus B-sides and some of the dirty stuff, too (Patty’s show is in hour “safe harbor” hours). She aired Erotic City, the backwards masking in Darling Nikki played forwards, and something from just about every Prince album. A heartfelt tribute to one of her favorite artists.
Click here to see “The Spandex Years Prince Tribute” playlist
“Ivy’s Red Sweater” Aired Wednesday, 4/27/2016, 12:00noon-2:00pm (2 hrs)
Shari featured the music of Prince mixed into her show with other great music. Several cuts you might not have heard elsewhere.
Click here to see the “Ivy’s Red Sweater” playlist