Hey Everybody! How's it going? Hope you all are awesomely well! A cool radio broadcasting behind the scenes story for you all today! Many, many years ago I working at Astral Media as part of the morning show crew on 97.3 EZ Rock, CJEZ-FM - It's now known as Boom 97.3, CHBM-FM. I was only there for a short period of time, a few months. During this time I was in college studying radio broadcasting, and I need to complete 100 hours in order to graduate and receive my diploma. I was well into my songwriting career, I had been writing lyrics and music for about 5 and a half years at this point, and after a couple of weeks of being around the morning show crew at the station, the lyrics to this short 12 bar verse rap just hit me one night, EUREKA! I really had no plans to write anything for the show, promotional or otherwise. I honestly just wrote it for myself and was hoping to give it to the station as a gift, if I ever got a chance to record it.
I wrote the verse over the course of maybe 3 or 4 days. I had performed the first four or six bars during a commercial break for the hosts and producer, and they liked it, thought it was good, told me to finish it, and bring it into the station. I went home that day after the show, wrote the whole thing, felt good about it, and brought in the lyric sheet to the station the next day. The hosts and producer read them, liked them, and let me record it about 30 minutes after I had arrived at the Astral Media building that morning. The show had just gone live, it was about 5:30 a.m., the hosts had just done their opening bit, which launched into the first few songs of the day, and during that music set I recorded the verse and left it at that, never thinking that they would air it. Minutes after I had recorded it, they decided to air it about 45 minutes later, SUPER COOL! The segment went well, in my opinion. I got some good feedback from the hosts, the producer, a few other people that were listening within the company, which was great! I was so, so happy, so glad to have had the chance to do that. I heard from a few of my friends, family, teachers, and other acquaintances after it had aired, which just put me over the moon, it made me feel so good! An extra funny tidbit to this story is that I was at an Old Navy in downtown Toronto, waiting in line to pay for something, just making small talk with the person behind me, and the person in front of me turned around and said, "I recognize your voice, I heard you on the radio a few weeks ago, you did that rap thing, right?!" I said, "yes, I did!" To which she responded, "it was good, keep it up!" I said, "thank you", and she left. I think that's only one of a handful of times I've been recognized in public for doing radio, television, entertainment, and media related stuff, which is always cool!
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Hi there! My name is Leigh Dickey. I am an Entertainer, Host, Speaker, Voice Over Artist, and Producer who has been delighting audiences since 1995. I have extensive experience in both the radio and television industries, as well. Welcome to my blog. Here you will find personal stories from my life, my career, and pretty much anything that comes across my mind. Thanks for stopping by.