Satellite radio classic rock host
George Taylor Morris, formerly the daily morning host on XM Satellite Radio's "Deep Tracks" classic rock channel and the primary host of the company's interview program, "XM Artist Confidential," died Saturday of throat cancer at his home in Reston, Va. He was 62.
Morris, also known as GTM, had been a disc jockey and radio personality at stations on Long Island and in Boston, New York and elsewhere when he joined Washington-based XM Satellite Radio in 2001. As host of "XM Artist Confidential," Morris did original interviews and hosted exclusive live performances with artists such as Sting, Tony Bennett, Ludacris, Willie Nelson, Amy Grant, Odetta and Pink.
As the midday disc jockey at WZLX-FM in Boston in 1997, Morris got caught up in an Internet music phenomenon that purported to find a strange and mystical synchronicity between "The Wizard of Oz," the 1939 film, and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon," the 1973 rock album.
He mentioned the musical oddity on the air and sent classic rockers into a frenzy. The New York Times, the "Today" show, "Good Morning America" and radio stations from around the world called Morris for details.
He also wrote, produced and hosted the weekly "Reelin' in the Years."