Yes, it sneaked up on me, too. Here it is, just another hot, lazy August day, and it turns out to be anything but.
According to the statisticians at National Day Calendar, August 20th is, in fact, National Radio Day.
(Don't let it get to your head – we share it with National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day.)
I went back into this blog's archives, and apparently, I have not recognized National Radio Day in several years now. And because I am a fan of radio (and I ran out of topics for today's post), it just made sense to shine the light on our favorite medium, one that is approaching its 100th birthday.
Broadcast radio as we know it today was the product of many wise men, including Heinrich Hertz (as in megahertz and kilohertz), Nikola Tesla (who now has an electric car company named after him), and Guglielmo Marconi (the namesake of the NAB's coveted award).
I thought I'd celebrate National Radio Day with a series of quotes from the famous – beneficiaries of the radio medium:
“I'd sit along and watch your light, my only friend through our teenage nights, and everything I had to know, I heard it on the radio.” – Freddie Mercury, (Roger Taylor – lyrics)
“There are things that I won't do on the radio. I mean, the next logical question is, ‘What won't you do?' I say, well, you know, you've got to find out when you're on the air.” – Howard Stern
“We wanted to write great songs, we wanted them to get played on the radio, and we wanted to be popular.” – Don Henley
“They say you better listen to the voice of reason. But they don't give you any choice 'cause they think that it's treason. So you have better do as you're told. You'd better listen to the radio.” – Elvis Costello
“I make no apologies for being a huge fan of radio songs.” – Keith Urban
“With radio, the listener absorbs everything.” – Bob Edwards
“My love of radio started when my mom gave me my first crystal radio, one you plugged in your ear and grounded with an alligator clip to an outlet in the wall. I fell asleep every night with that radio stuck in my ear, listening to WIRE in Indianapolis.” – Art Vuolo
“The radio was shouting at you, pleading with you, and seducing you.” – David Byrne
“Radio is such a perfect medium for the transmission of poetry, primarily because there just is the voice, there's no visual distraction.” – Billy Collins
“I can turn on the radio right now and be inspired.” – Courtney Love
“I've shaken hands with every radio station, from Honduras to Ryan Seacrest's (station).” – Shakira
“When my song came on the radio for the first time, that was one of the heaviest things I remember.” – John Oates
“I loved being on the radio. Being paid to talk? It's like being paid to eat.” – Rachel Maddow
“Classic Rock radio gave us our longevity.” – George Thorogood
“Basically, radio hasn't changed over the years. Despite all the technical improvements, it still boils down to a man or a woman and a microphone, playing music, sharing stories, talking about issues – communicating with an audience.” – Casey Kasem
“I watch a lot of baseball on the radio.” – Gerald R. Ford
“I was always fishing for something on the radio. Just like trains and bells, it was part of the soundtrack of my life.” – Bob Dylan
“We've been really lucky. We've gotten a lot of airplay over the years. I guess people keep requesting our songs on the radio, because Lord knows I don't do a whole lot to promote myself.” – Bob Seger
“Radio – nothing but a fart in the wind.” – Sheila Sorvari
I'll end this radio quotefest with a video from a recent “60 Minutes” video, featuring an interview with Paul McCartney.
Sir Paul's quotes about radio – to astonished CBS News correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi – speak for themselves:
- Hug a DJ
- Thank your lucky stars (if you work in radio)
- Have a slice of chocolate pecan pie
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