“It was really like one of those old school moments you see in the movies. It was really exciting,” Johnny Kongos said of hearing their song on U.S. radio. “I just don’t think we quite understood at the time how important radio was in the U.S.”
“John and I, we sit at our kitchen table,” McBride remembers of hearing her first single on the radio back in 1992. “We had a little boombox, and we listened.”
“I was in Australia in a rental car. I was on the opposite side of the road, I was on the opposite side of the car and I was about to return the car and I heard my song on the radio. My reaction was, ‘Oh I better take this CD out before I return the car.'”
“We just stopped the car and he looked at me in a really funny way. ‘You did this? You’re No. 1 right now?'” Naughty Boy recalled. “It brought me down to earth but also it was an amazing moment.”
Chromeo had to wait nearly ten years to hear one of their songs on the radio, but according to Dave 1 it was well worth the wait.
It was a New York moment for Mariah Carey, the first time she heard herself on the radio.
“It was about yesterday, wasn’t it?” Danny Wilkin of Rixton jokes when asked if the band remember their first time on the radio.
“We were looking for a gas station. All of a sudden ‘Lover, Lover’ came on and we got so excited we cranked it up and we had the windows rolled down. It was one of those really surreal, cool moments and then we just forgot about the gas completely.”
“You don’t know what to do. If you’re at a stop light and your windows are down and your song comes on, do you change the channel or roll up the window? I think I called my mom,” Tim Foreman recalled.
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It was the mid-1960s, and Kristofferson was “a janitor at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville at the time,” explained. “I didn’t talk to anybody in there, because songwriters weren’t allowed to be in the sessions back then.”
“The first couple people didn’t like it and we were sitting on the edge of our seats,” Gary LeVox told Radio.com.
“I had three or four family members that live in the Memphis area call me immediately,” he recalled. “That would have had to be my first cell phone so I was already breaking the law by talking on my cell phone, driving. But it was an exciting moment.”
“I went crazy! I got so excited, I was jumpin’ around, I called my mom. ‘Yo, I’m on the radio! I’m on the radio!'”
With Antonoff accustomed to hearing himself on the airwaves, his earliest memory of hearing one of his own songs on the radio stretched all the way back to his teenage years.
“I heard the first few licks of the song and I didn’t know how it would affect me. I’m not always super emotional. When I heard the first part of the song I just started bawling my eyes out.”