ShockNet Radio Scoops Cable News on Jackson Death
June 25th, 2009 (Get Brutal Productions), Norman OK - Listeners to the Internet-based ShockNet Radio were shocked and surprised when station owner RJ Evans interrupted the normal rock programming to announce the passing of pop superstar Michael Jackson.
But what made the announcement significant was that the news came at least ten minutes before the news reached the major cable news channels.
Evans received word through websites TMZ and Huffington Post that Jackson had in fact died and cut into the live Internet radio show at 5:15pm Central Time, even while cable news channels were still claiming that Jackson was only hospitalized and presumed still alive. At 5:18pm Central Time, the Los Angeles Times followed suit with their announcement of Jackon's passing. MSNBC followed at 5:20pm Central, mirroring the Times report, followed by the other news services at 5:30pm Central
Emergency officials were summoned to Jackson's residence just after 2pm Central Time, and was soon after rushed to the hospital suffering from a cardiac arrest. According to TMZ, medical officials were unable to revive Jackson at the hospital. His health was considered a constant problem in his life, although Jackson was reportedly preparing for a world comeback tour.