Local radio host remembers Whitney Houston

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - For four hours, five nights a week Geno Jones controls Charleston's drive time radio on Star 99.7. But his show from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday will be a little different than his normal show.

"I'm dedicating my entire show to Whitney," says Jones.

The host grew up in Chicago, which is where he first crossed paths with Whitney Houston at a 1985 listening party for her first album.

"We got a chance to take pictures with her. God, I wish I could find those pictures now," says Jones.

But Jones says even that picture could tell only half the story of the up and coming singer.

"She had the look of a super model, she had the angelic voice of an incredible opera singer," recalls Jones, "She had the power of Patti LaBelle and she had the soul of Aretha Franklin."

As Houston's career took off, Jones moved from Detroit to Pittsburgh and onto Los Angeles playing her hits at every stop.

"She didn't sound like anybody that I was hearing on the radio," says Jones. "As a matter of fact she didn't sound like anybody I ever heard.

When Jones heard the news the singer died Saturday he couldn't believe it.

"I'm still having a hard time trying to wrap my brain around it," says Jones.

But one thing he won't have a hard time with is the four hour tribute show he has scheduled.

"She's the greatest singer, greatest voice I've ever heard," says Jones, "I can think of people that would be in the neighborhood but she would have the corner house. She'd have the mansion on the corner. Whitney may be gone physically but musically she'll remain with us forever."

Whitney Houston, was 48-years-old at the time of her death. Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen told reporters outside the Beverly Hilton that Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. Saturday in her room on the fourth floor of the hotel.

Rosen said police received an emergency call from hotel security about Houston at 3:43 p.m. Saturday. Paramedics who were already at the hotel because of a Grammy party unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate the singer, he said.

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