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Adventures in radio

So, like I said in the previous entry, I had the crazy idea to make a $100 donation to 99X's tsunami relief collection and get "Secret Oktober" played on the Retroplex.

I tried to make a donation via their website but something glitched with the security thing and I decided against it. So, given that I'm on day two of my forced vacation, I figured I'd just drive up to the studio, hand them a check and hand them the CD to play.

So I did.

The receptionist was a bit flustered by my arrival, since she was filling in while somebody was taking a break and apparently nobody had clued her in on the possibility of people wandering in with checks and requests. She called somebody more in the know and then the marketing director came in, shook my hand warmly and thanked me for my donation. I handed him the CD and explained I wanted track two played. He said that wasn't a problem at all, and he'd see if they could burn a copy so they could hand me my CD back and I could be on my way.

So I handed my rare and precious box set CD with "Secret Oktober" to a complete stranger (who'd have thought it possible?) and waited in the lobby. A few moments later, he returned and said he had a surprise for me. They were going to bring me into the studio. So, I got the grand tour of the 99X offices and entered the studio proper, where I was introduced to Mr. Steve Craig, the midmorning-to-afternoon DJ for 99X. (I've actually met him before, but he never remembers me.) He thanked me for my check and threw a T-shirt at me.

I sat on the couch (radio station studios always have couches) and watched Steve do his thing and in between songs we chatted about Duran Duran and the song he was to play. Then when it came time for him to play it, he had me step up to the microphone, talk a bit and introduce the song. Somehow, I managed not to make a complete idiot of myself. Then he played the song, talked more about it as it ended and I was on my merry way. Just as I was getting ready to leave, Jimmy Baron (morning crew personality) wandered in and the marketing guy introduced me. Jimmy looked at the pins on my leather jacket and remarked "You're a punk rocker, aren't you?" (Steve Craig also dug the buttons, particularly the vintage Duran Duran button that I still proudly wear.)

So that was that. I went home and listened to the Retroplex on the way home and got home and typed this. So if you only listened to the Retroplex to hear it, that's why you didn't hear it--they played it at 11:30 in the morning instead.

I guess I'd better finish up with the laundry now.


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Jan. 12th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC)
Awesome, Sheila!
Jan. 13th, 2005 02:14 am (UTC)
Very fucking cool. But then, hanging out at radio stations isn't all that foreign to you, now, is it? *g*
Jan. 13th, 2005 02:26 am (UTC)
I know! There was almost a weird sense of deja vu about the whole thing. I even mentioned just as I was leaving that it wasn't the first time I'd been on the radio doing my Duranie thing and Steve said something like "I could tell."
Jan. 13th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC)
Rock on, Sheila! :)
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