BALTIMORE (WBFF) - In Baltimore, the radio airwaves rolled out a spirited stream of prayers and love to Aretha Franklin Thursday, the day the Queen of Soul died.
At Morgan State University, there was a radio tribute for the musical icon.
From a truck driver in Harford County to a woman in Federal Hill, dozens of people called The Dr. Kaye Whitehead Show at WEAA – FM.
The host has a PhD in language literacy and culture and typically focuses on race, class and gender. On Thursday, Ms. Franklin and her music where the focus.
“Aretha Franklin embodied soul. She reminded us of what it means to have strength to make it through the Jim Crow South,” said Dr. Whitehead.
The musical icon was known for using her platform and her voice to advocate for racial equality.
She had countless hits, like “Respect” and “I Say a Little Prayer," that entertained millions and influenced music for generations.
But for at least one caller on a talk show in Baltimore, Aretha Franklin‘s music did so much more.
“She was my therapist, because during the time that I was going through a bad marriage, all of her songs would comfort me,” she said.
The diva is now dead at the age of 76.
“I would always sing like her when I was in the shower, 'cause you couldn’t tell me I wasn’t Aretha Franklin when I was a little girl,“ said another caller.
“Now, she’s gone, with no pain, resting in peace,“ she said through tears.
“I’m happy that in the age of technology, Aretha Franklin won’t ever be gone,“ said Whitehead.