Prince

Yesterday’s radio was full of the Prince music catalog. The artist passed away in his Minnesota home at the age of 57. In response any radio station that had anything other that pre-programmed music responded by playing his hits - “Little Red Corvette”, “Raspberry Beret”, “Purple Rain” - and the radio stations that had artistic control also played B sides, live shows, bootlegs and whatever they could find. Ann Arbor’s own WCBN was exemplary in this regard.

The radio that I remember is from the 80s when Prince’s music was in regular play on the Electrifyin’ Mojo’s show on Detroit’s WJLB. Prince did a very rare live radio interview with Mojo, and you can hear it in two parts - part one and part two - on Youtube.

What I haven’t found yet is the computer font with a perfect Prince symbol in it. You can get close by writing the prince symbol in unicode, or this ASCII representation may suffice: O(+> . But the real deal came on a 3.5” floppy disc from Warner Bros.