1986 : Prince Calls a Detroit FM Radio Station After A Concert

June 6, 2024 all-day

Prince - 1986

Prince – in 1986 the world was his oyster.

Prince – interview from WHYT-Power 96, Detroit – June 6, 1986 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

A few words from Prince tonight, from a telephone interview done by WHYT-FM (Power 96) in Detroit on June 6, 1986. Done right after his Birthday concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit, and just before the release of Under the Cherry Moon along with the promise of a lot more coming in the future.

The legend of Prince has only grown since his death earlier this year. His avoidance of interviews makes this one a real rarity. But it’s off-the-cuff and relaxed and the disc-jockey is a die-hard fan.

Not very long, at a little over 14 minutes, it manages to cover a lot of ground. Talking about the tour, the upcoming movie, news on the band and the current lineup – who is leaving, how he works – that he makes no qualms about being a workaholic – that there is some 300 albums worth of material in his vaults (this was in 1986) and that the reservoir has no signs of running dry. Making movies – his creative process. It’s a fan interview and Prince is happy to talk to him.

Hard to realize this interview was done 30 years ago this past June – even harder to imagine Prince left us this year.

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