KEXP Presents Six Degrees of Chris Cornell Day

Six Degrees of Chris Cornell Day

Friday, May 19th

6:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST


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After the passing of Seattle musician Chris Cornell, KEXP will pay tribute to this influential artist by making him the focus of their annual Six Degrees day of programming. Celebrating the founding member of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave, this day of “on-the-fly” music curation will demonstrate the reach of Cornell’s work and influence.

Tune in Friday, May 19th, from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM PT, KEXP on-air hosts John Richards, Cheryl Waters, and Kevin Cole will program a day of music to celebrate the life and music of Chris Cornell. At 6:00 AM, John will start his show with a song by Cornell and one of his many projects, and each song played thereafter will somehow link to the song played before it.

Connections can include anything from guest vocals, shared musicians, same producers, and more. None of these connections have been pre-planned, and our DJs will be thinking on their feet to come up with the next song as they do daily on KEXP.

Following news of his death by suicide, KEXP immediately began a tribute to Cornell by playing a full day of music from the singer’s career.

“It’s another sad day in the music community,” said John Richards, host of The Morning Show on KEXP, “and a particularly sad day for the City of Seattle. We’ve received thousands of emails, text messages, and other comments from friends and fans of Chris, all of them sharing stories of the powerful impact his music had in their lives.”

KEXP is hosting a moment of silence at 5 PM on Thursday, May 18th for fans to join together in remembrance of the singer.

“We want to make sure that fans of Chris’s music will have a place to go to remember his life and influences,” said Richards, “and that’s what our programming is going to be all about for the next couple of days. His death is also another reminder of how important it is that we all support each other, and encourage our friends, family members and loved ones to seek help if they are experiencing depression or thoughts of suicide.”

This year’s “Six Degrees” program was originally announced as a tribute to musician David Byrne. With the passing of Chris Cornell on Wednesday, KEXP DJs decided to shift gears and pay tribute to the Soundgarden vocalist instead.

The Six Degrees series began in 2013 with Sharon Van Etten, followed by Greg Dulli in 2015, and Robyn Hitchcock in 2016.

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