When I Young I Listen to the Radio?

Author Bessie Fanetti

Posted Oct 31, 2022

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When I was growing up, I had a special connection with the radio. I loved the way it delivered music and news straight to my home. It was the one thing in my life that brought me joy and a sense of togetherness that felt like no other.

The radio had such an impact on my childhood. I never missed a day without tuning in to hear the latest happenings around the world. No matter the time of day, I was always keen to stay updated with the breaking news and latest hits. My favorite way to listen to the radio was lying underneath my warm blanket and blanket in the morning before getting ready for school. I would read the headlines of the newspapers and listen to the DJs talk about their favorite music. It was my chance to escape reality and indulge in blissful contentment.

One of my earliest memories of the radio was its involvement in my family life. Every Friday afternoon, my family would gather around the radio and have a “family night”. This was a time where we could enjoy each other’s company while taking the time to relax and listen to music. Music was the main source of entertainment in our home, which made family night a chance to escape from the external stressors and retreat into a calmer environment. Another memory of the radio that I hold in high regard is when I joined my mother in the kitchen for a cooking lesson. She would cut up vegetables, add spices and make some delectable dishes, all the while playing her favorite music on the radio. I could never get enough of her colorful recipes.

It seemed like whenever there was a special occasion, the radio was right next to us as an accompaniment. Whenever I was feeling down or having a tough time, I often turned to the radio for comfort and solace. I was reminded that no matter how difficult the situation was, things would eventually work out in the end. Whenever there was a party or celebration, the radio was always a staple. We could all sing along to the latest hits and get lost in the moment together.

No matter the generation, the radio has been a leading source of information and entertainment for people of all ages. It’s a powerful tool that has been used to spread awareness and build relationships over time. I’m glad that I grew up listening to the radio as it helped to shape my outlook on life and build meaningful relationships with my family and peers.

What was your favorite radio station when you were young?

One of my favorite radio stations when I was growing up was the local Top 40 radio station, KZZP. It was the go-to station for all the latest hits from the biggest artists, and I would tune in religiously. It felt like I was part of the scene, getting the inside scoop on new music before anyone else. The banter between the two DJs that hosted the mornings was great too, and it provided much-needed comedic relief during the school rush. It felt as though I was part of a close-knit family.

Growing up in a small Midwestern town, KZZP was the only station that really seemed to be a viable option. Sure, there were other stations that played more Indie or classic rock, but those were not the kind of music I was really into. I wanted the hits and KZZP gave them to me. Every Sunday night, I would wait patiently for the weekly Top 30 to come on and I would sit by the stereo and excitedly press “record” as soon as the first song came on. It was a way to capture the hits I already knew and also to discover music from new artists I hadn’t heard before.

KZZP had a great variety of music, from the big hits of the day to throwback jams. It was almost like a time machine for me. I would listen to the classic rock station at home and think about what it must have been like in the 70’s and 80’s to have those songs on the radio. Listening to KZZP on the car radio was a great way to stay up to date with the current music scene, while also being a nostalgic vehicle to great musical memories.

I remember how exciting it was to listen to KZZP and hear songs like “U Can’t Touch This” and “Rollin’ With My Homies.” And even though MTV and the internet have made discovering new music much easier, it’s still not quite the same as waiting to hear a new song on the radio the way I used to. The anticipation, the excitement, the feeling of being part of the music scene — all of that really added up to make KZZP my favorite radio station when I was a kid.

How often did you listen to the radio when you were young?

The radio has been around since the late 1800s and it has been an integral part of entertainment and information delivery since then. As a kid, I was no exception, and I used to listen to the radio frequently.

For starters, as a young boy, I often used to listen to music on the radio - more often than not, the music station on the FM band. Every evening, I would tune in to the local radio station and just sit there, letting the music take me away. While the radio was my go-to source for music, I used to also get the occasional news bulletin or funny story read by the announcer, often interspersed through the songs.

Then there were the talk shows. I used to listen to these late at night, when I was supposed to be sleeping. I used to be so enamored by the discussions and debates between guests, as well as the witty banter between the talk show hosts and the callers. It was incredibly riveting and I used to lose track of time listening to the show until the wee hours of the morning.

Radio was also an important source of information for me. Before the internet became a thing, I used to get my daily dose of news and information from radio. Be it getting updates on the weather or new developments regional or national news - the radio was always my go to source. Even when I would travel to my Grandma’s place, we would often sit together in the car and listen to the radio while we were on the road.

In hindsight, I realize that the radio was a great source of entertainment and information for me during my childhood days. Not only was it entertaining and informative, but it also served as a mode of transportation for my imagination and helped me discover new things. While I may now have changed my primary source of entertainment and information, I still have a nostalgic appreciation for the radio and often take the time to listen to it when I can.

What was the most memorable song you heard on the radio when you were young?

I grew up in the era of 90s music; an era in which music had quickly become modernised, as technology made big changes to the way in which music was produced, recorded, distributed and listened to. One of the most influential, memorable, and captivating songs from the time for me was ‘Criminal’ by Fiona Apple.

Released in 1997 after Apple had mixed and produced the song with experienced musician and producer, Jon Brion and Chris King, ‘Criminal’ quickly rose to the top of the charts. Her song was simple, heart-piercing, and raw. It was arguably the first of many beautiful and emotive songs that she would write and sing in her career, and it was this captivatingly honest and direct proclamation of the depths of her emotions that caused the song to become a classic.

I was ten-years-old when I first heard ‘Criminal’ on the radio. At the time, I had just started to delve into the world of popular music, exploring a whole new array of sounds, songs and singers. I was instantly transfixed. The powerful piano introduction captivated me, leading to the gentle and emotive vocals that Apple so confidently poured out, drawing me into her story as if it was my own. As she returned to the start of the chorus on each loop, the words become more and more powerful, swelling into a magnificent crescendo:“What I've done / I have to answer for / And that's why I can't be free / From the world I can see.”

I still find myself drawn to this powerful chorus today, almost 20 years later. The starkness of her words and the emotion that can be heard in her voice is still mesmerising, and the message of the song still relevant. Apple’s lyricism was accompanied by the perfectly applied blend of instrumentation, combined with her clear and breathtaking vocals, to really drive the song home. It provides listeners with a powerful and emotive story, allowing us to truly relate to Apple’s words.

In many ways ‘Criminal’ was the start of my own music journey. I am forever drawn back to the song and its unique beauty, as the lyrics and production still hold such a timeless quality. The beautiful art that she has created to accompany the song, with its iconic black and white aesthetic and mont

Did you ever record songs off the radio when you were young?

When I was young, I was fascinated with the idea of song recording off the radio. It was something that seemed almost magical – the ability to capture a music performance just as it played in your living room. As a teenager, I was smitten with the idea of creating my own personalized music collection, and I spent countless hours studying the rudimentary acrobatics of radio tuning and cassette deck buttons.

When I finally got my first recordable cassette deck, I was so filled with a sense of pride that I had finally gotten to the level of exploring music recording to a higher degree. This feeling was only enhanced by special radio programs and the one or two stations that had the guts to broadcast the most popular music of the time. In those early days, each and every new album proved to be an adventure, a great find, and an immediate hit.

I still remember my first recordings – the beat of a popular new single offset by the “tune-in” crackles of the radio as I switched stations to get the latest musical offering. Although I knew that the fidelity of the recordings were limited by the equipment, I simply didn’t care. I only wanted to capture that moment and use it as a way to be as close as possible to my favorite music at the time.

My parents didn’t have much money, so I was always grateful for the chance of being able to record my own music, free of charge, off the radio. It offered me a chance for connect with the world in a way that money couldn’t buy. The excitement of tuning in to the right station and carefully following the set-up steps of recording a song onto a cassette tape was enough to make my palms sweat in anticipation and joy.

Those days were so filled with memories and good times and recording music off the radio was a major part of all of it. Every recording was different, every station might play different songs, and with that all brought a new adventure and new discoveries. Those recordings were a source of my inspiration, to discover new artists, hear new music, and explore different genre and styles. Those recordings meant so much to me.

I’ll always remember the sense of satisfaction that came from holding a new tape in my hand, knowing that I had just captured a moment in time, completely free, that only myself and a few others had the chance to experience. Recording songs

Did you ever call in to a radio station when you were young?

When I was younger, calling into a radio station was a thrilling experience; I still remember it well. Calling in to the radio was something only adults could do–not only did you need to actually have a phone, but you needed to understand how to navigate your way through the phone systems. I was just thirteen years old, but I knew how to do this.

I would call in to request a song that I wanted to hear, which was usually something by the Backstreet Boys or Britney Spears. It was so much fun imagining the DJ playing my song, so I made a point of requesting songs by my favorite artists. I also enjoyed making friends with the DJs and engaging in casual conversations with them – it was like having my own personal deejay.

At times, I bet on the radio contests. I had to answer a few questions posed by the DJ and if I got them right, I would win something – often a CD of a new release. I heard of these contests being fixed, but this didn't stop me from entering my own. I always tried to do my best and make sure I was listening carefully to the DJ's questions to give the right answers.

Making the call was never easy. Staying on the line required patience, as the calls were often not answered instantly. As a young person, I was often discouraged when the line went dead without me being able to speak to anybody. Nevertheless, more often than not, I eventually heard a familiar voice (usually a DJ) welcoming me to the station and answering my plea.

It was a truly exciting moment when my call was accepted, and it was so much fun talking to the DJ. I usually ended up with not just the song I requested, but also with more information about the artist and other music in general. All the time, I was learning facts about music, some of which I still remember today.

What I loved most about calling into the radio station was talking to the DJs and finding out about different songs and the latest releases. It was like having my own personal music teacher who could give me advice and tips. I learned so much about the music I loved and still remember listening to the radio during my teenage years with great fondness.

Did you ever win any contests on the radio when you were young?

When I was young, I remember often listening to radio shows, as this was during a time well before the age of the internet, video games, and smartphones. I would regularly tune in to various radio stations to catch any programs that sounded interesting and new music. Quite often, I heard the DJ’s hosting contests and giveaways. Though I entered many of them, I had not been lucky enough to win any of the contests on the radio.

Looking back, I think I was a bit too timid to truly enter any of the contests with conviction. I always wanted to give it a try, but I usually chickened out at the last minute, telling myself it was silly to expect to actually win anything. To add to my irrational mindset, I had heard so many stories of when someone almost won but someone else took home the prize instead, leaving me to believe that I could never earn anything through these contests.

Though I never won anything, I still remember listening to the radio with enthusiasm and hope. Whenever a new contest came up, I would get a rush of excitement, wondering what the prizes and chances of winning would be. On rare occasions, I got brave enough to call in my entry or submit it online or by mail, but it never ended in victory no matter how hard I tried.

Today, I would love to try out entering radio contests once again, as I am no longer a self-defeating pessimist. Over the years, I have come to understand that all you need to do is give it a try and not give up, no matter how hard times get. If I had known this earlier, I might have been more successful at having won something when I was younger. Though I never won anything back then, I still remember those good old days, and I am confident that I have learned enough from the experience to come out on top in the future.

Did you ever listen to any radio shows when you were young?

Radio shows have become a part of our lives since the early 20th century. For most of us, growing up in a world before the Internet, radio was an important source of entertainment and education. During our childhoods, the majority of us tuned into some kind of radio shows. Whether these were music-based shows, comedy or drama, through the radio we were exposed to a whole new world of programming and ideas.

For me personally, radio shows had a significant role in my young life. As a child of the 1980s, I distinctly remember spending countless hours in front of the family radio, diligently waiting for my favorite programs to come on. I think one of the first radio shows that I truly fell in love with was "The Parvin Trio", a popular children's music show at the time. Very early in the mornings, I would turn on the radio and jam to the songs of the trio. There were also other music shows such as "Radio Fun Club", which I also used to listen to and I will never forget the hour of joy I experienced at such a tender age.

Apart from music programs, I also used to listen to various comedy shows. These were mainly sketch comedies performed by various comedians. Aside from being extremely enjoyable, they also had an educational component to them. Through the various stories, I gained insight into cultures, morals and different lifestyles. Of course, during Sunday mornings, my favorite morning music show was replaced by the Greek Orthodox mass, which I used to intently listen to. It was funny how at first I was quite annoyed at this disruption to my usual morning shows, but eventually I got used to it and found myself looking forward to listening to this kind of programming.

Although the availability of radio shows has diminished ever since the rise of the world wide web, these programs will always be in my heart. Coming from an era that was devoid of technology, it is essential for us to reminisce upon the times when we were enthralled by these radio shows. Being an avid radio listener taught me the importance of discovering new things and finding enjoyment from unexpected sources. Furthermore, listening to these radio programs sparked my imagination and I think this was one of the factors that kicked off my interest for writing. I think the old radio shows were the cornerstone of my enthrallment with storytelling, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Did you ever listen to any radio DJs when you were young?

When I was young, I used to love to listen to radio DJs. From the silly jokes of morning DJs to the deep conversations of night DJs, I found myself becoming absorbed in the exciting and diverse world of radio.

For me, one of the most exciting aspects of radio DJs was the combination of music and comedy. I loved listening to morning shows and hearing the morning DJs banter with each other while they discussed the news, shared their funniest stories, and played the top music. The energy in the air was always electric – it felt like anything could happen in those few minutes before school started. One particular morning show that I particularly enjoyed featured the legendary DJ duo Dale and Marie. They had a penchant for being frank and candid, and their interactions always felt open, honest, and real. They never shied away from controversial topics and never slimmed censored.

At night, I enjoyed tuning in to DJs who had a more serious approach to radio. These DJs often had meaningful conversations with guests and brought a certain insight and knowledge to their shows. They invited people to talk about everything from their passions to their story about how they overcame adversity, and the discussion was inspiring.

I also appreciated how radio DJs supported the community by promoting local events and highlighting small businesses. During the summer, when I wanted to go to the beach or the carnival, I usually heard about it first on the radio. There was something comforting and intoxicating about hearing the DJs’ voices while driving to these public events, knowing that I was being directed to the right destination and that I wasn’t alone.

Overall, it’s fair to say that the DJ’s I heard on the radio when I was young have definitely shaped my taste in music and my overall outlook on life. Looking back, I believe it was the energy and excitement of Radio DJs that helped foster my interest in broadcasting and media, and their influence continues to stay with me to this day.

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Why do we listen to music?

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Bessie Fanetti

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Bessie Fanetti is an avid traveler and food enthusiast, with a passion for exploring new cultures and cuisines. She has visited over 25 countries and counting, always on the lookout for hidden gems and local favorites. In addition to her love of travel, Bessie is also a seasoned marketer with over 20 years of experience in branding and advertising.

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