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Songs About Radio: Paying Tribute to the Pilots of the Airwaves

Example Lyrics and Videos


"Video Killed the Radio Star" The Buggles

Screenshot: YouTube
Radio is not only a medium - it's a companion, a surrogate for our emotions, a provider of entertainment & information, a warning beacon during emergencies, and so much more. Radio has been so important in our culture we have sung songs about it and how it's helped us, changed us, comforted us, and consoled us. Every once-in-a-while I like to go to YouTube and search around for songs about radio. Here are the ones I recently viewed. (Note: when clicking video links, you may encounter the message "This content cannot be displayed in a frame." Use the link below that which says "Open this content in a new window."

"On The Radio" by Donna Summer - This hit song talks about the ability radio has to evoke memories and feelings and how it can serve as a common denominator in relationships. This version is a live performance from 1983.

Someone found a letter you wrote me, on the radio
And they told the world just how you felt
It must have fallen out of a hole in your old brown overcoat
They never said your name
But I knew just who they meant.

View "On The Radio" on YouTube

"Radio Message" by R. Kelly - This video from 2010 begins with a deejay doing a contest for concert tickets then segues into a listener on the phone grabbing a moment of air time to send a message to the one he loves.

This is a radio message to my baby
And I'm begging her, come back, come back
Come back, come back, come back.

View "Radio Message" on YouTube

"Video Killed the Radio Star" - by the Buggles - This is a strikingly odd but catchy song from 1979 which notably featured the lead singer's voice equalized to sound like it might have been coming out of an old radio. It laments the career of a singer who's radio career was infringed on by the coming of television. "Video Killed the Radio Star" was the first video played when MTV signed on-the-air August 1, 1981.

I heard you on the wireless back in 52
lying awake intent a tuning in on you
if I was young it didn't stop you coming through.

View "Video Killed the Radio Star" on YouTube

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