McGriff was with the Emmis family from November 1998 until February 2007. As DJ Megatron, McGriff began with 98.7 KISS FM (WRKS), but his popularity increased when he joined Hot 97 (WQHT).
“From the entire Hot 97 family past and present, first and foremost, our blessings go out to Megatron’s family,” Ebro Darden, Hot 97 program director, says. “He will always be remembered as a great person. He was genuine, sincere, and always positive. It was a pleasure to have worked with him and know him.”
WCBS-TV reports a friend told investigators that he and McGriff were on the phone as the DJ went to buy marijuana. He told police that the line went dead, likely because McGriff had been shot.
Cops say McGriff was shot only once in the chest. WNYW reports no arrests have been made.
“[He] was more than a respected member of our staff; he was a friend, a father, and a kind spirit,” Patricia Robinson, director of personnel of Emmis Communications, says. “Our hearts are heavy that we have to lose him in this manner and we pray comfort for his loved ones. We unite in our thoughts and efforts for peace in our communities.”