98.7 KISS FM/WRKS announces the return of the controversial Miss Jones back to New York as the host of their new Saturday morning show, “Jonesy’s KISS List Countdown” kicking off April 2 from 10am to 12pm.
She formerly did the morning show on sister station Hot 97 until her contract expired in 2008.
Every Saturday the Miss Jones will count down the top 20 songs of the week.
“I’m very excited to rejoin my Emmis family with ‘Jonesy’s Kiss List’! As most of you know, I began my career as an R&B artist in the mid 90?s so the music is close to my heart,” explains Miss Jones. “On another note, I can’t wait to get back to the city…Let’s Go!”
Weekly, Miss Jones will post her favorite R&B songs from the 80’s, 90’s and today on www.987KISSFM.com and give listeners the chance to vote on the top 20 to make “Jonesy’s KISS List Countdown.”
“I am delighted to welcome Miss Jones back to New York and back with her Emmis family. Jonesy is a radio professional who truly knows how to create excitement wherever she goes and it will be no different when she touches down every Saturday morning on KISS,” states Jill Strada, Program Director for 98.7 KISS FM.
A former R&B recording artist, Miss Jones – whose real, full name is Tarsha Jones – isn’t referred to as controversial for nothing. See the entry below from Wikipedia:
On January 17, 2005, Hot 97’s Miss Jones provoked a controversy by airing a song entitled “USA for Indonesia” a month after approximately 187,000 people died in the Asian tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The song, a parody sung to the 1985 tune “We Are the World”, was criticized for overtly racist mocking of the Asian and East African victims; the song lyrics contain the racially derogatory word “Chinamen,” and calls the drowning victims “bitches.” Some of the lyrics included the words “Go find your mommy. I just saw her float by, a tree went through her head. And now your children will be sold. Child slavery”
Miss Info, a fellow on-air colleague of Korean descent, was outraged and spoke against the song on the station. She excluded herself from producing the song and said it was wrong for it to be played. Miss Info immediately found herself subjected to a four-minute, on-air lambasting from the other DJs. Miss Jones accused Miss Info of always distancing herself from the antics of the others, and of acting superior because she is Asian. Another jock on the show named Todd Lynn muttered “I’m gonna start shooting Asians.”
Following angry protests from the Asian-American community, bloggers, and networking sites, and other New Yorkers, Miss Jones, DJ Envy, and Tasha Hightower were suspended for two weeks while Todd Lynn and song writer Rick Del Gado were fired. The station issued an apology on its website. Newsday, Sprint, McDonald’s, and Toyota all pulled their advertising from the station. The suspended employees’ pay was diverted to charities helping victims of the tsunami.
The bottom line is that Miss Jones – known for her “straight talk, no chaser” style – is set to bring the laughs, juice and up-to-the minute entertainment news every Saturday from 10am to 12pm. If history is any indication, KISS FM will get that and more from her.