KKRZ (Z100)/Portland, Oregon (Pop)
Tommy Austin, operations manager
Seriously, great rendition. A little long, and perhaps a tad bit late to hit the chord from a sympathetic audience. Of course, you could look at it another way and say that perhaps it's helped prolong the fundraising efforts past the initial outpouring of donations.
It does sound great on the air!
KOST (103.5)/Los Angeles (Adult Contemporary)
Stella Prado, program director
"We Are the World 25" is an awesome idea to help Haiti.
It's amazing to think that the original song was composed and recorded 25 years ago. Our audience is loving the new version because it brings back a special memory.
To that end, I love that Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie were able to bring Michael Jackson's voice back.
KIIS (102.7)/Los Angeles (Pop)
Julie Pilat, assistant program director/music director
I'm proud of the music community and the action that was quickly taken to put such a huge project together.
I love the combination of legendary artists and music's brightest rising stars. I thought it was special that they left Michael Jackson in. Jamie Foxx singing like Ray Charles is hilarious. Will.i.am's ad-libs at the end - "they need us, they need us, they need us" - feel like they come straight from the heart and really resonate with me as they echo.
To me, it seems like all egos were checked at the door and everyone came together genuinely to make a difference, and you can hear it in the vocals.
We've had a great response from our listeners and also much feedback from people who've said they've downloaded the track to contribute to relief efforts.
Despite the song's length, I wish there could be more of an alternative influence. U2, Kings of Leon, Green Day or Matisyahu would've been a treat (although several such acts are already tied to so many philanthropic projects).
I'm always an instant fan of people coming together to make a difference. I know when I was young(er) and the first version of "We Are the World" was released it was very educational and a great time within my family to discuss Africa, poverty, hunger and why the project was put together.
Hopefully, "We Are the World 25" is inspiring discussions at home about Haiti and how everyone can contribute to making a difference.