Tune in to KEXP today at 3:07 to honor Prince with a simulcast of "Nothing Compares 2 U."
KEXP joins stations around the country (led by KCMP 89.3 The Current, in Minneapolis) in a simulcast of the song “Nothing Compares 2 U” today at 3:07 p.m. to honor Prince, who died unexpectedly April 21 in his Paisley Park home just outside of Minneapolis.
The timing of the simulcast — seven hours, 13 days — is taken from the lyrics of the song Sinead O’Connor famously made a hit (though she changed it to 15 hours) and originally recorded by The Family.
And on Friday, the station and DJ Kevin Cole will host another Prince tribute, from 2 to 6 p.m.
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Cole has a history with Prince and First Avenue, the club featured in “Purple Rain” and where Prince got his start in real life. Cole, who is from Minneapolis, was a DJ there, watched Prince play many of his early shows and went on to DJ for the performer for private events around the city.
KEXP’S blog notes:
“Prince also asked Cole to DJ for numerous private parties and events around Minneapolis from the release of 1979’s Prince through 1986’s Under the Cherry Moon. This included Prince’s 30th birthday party, and the Purple Rain wrap parties.”
Cole will share “rarities, b-sides, live recordings, interviews, and personal stories,” according to the station.
The new studio’s gathering space will be open on Friday to the public.
Stream it at KEXP.org.