I Won A Radio Contest And It Was Amazing

I Won A Radio Contest And It Was Amazing

Sometimes, the noise you hear in your car can change your life.


Never in a million years did I ever think I would be the desperate person who calls a radio station all day long. My decision to call over 70 times a day to a huge New York City radio station seemed bizarre but it led me to one of the most amazing nights of my life.

I was listening to Z100 in early August and heard a commercial about a Summer Bash that would be held in NYC. At first, I paid no attention to it but the lineup included former One Direction member Liam Payne and up and coming music duo Social House. I adored Liam Payne and Social House seemed like a really cool opening act. Since Payne is currently not on tour, I thought this would be a cool way to get to see him perform live and solo.

I called occasionally. Basically, every time I was in the car, I would dial the number. I had little to no hope of winning since I've tried these radio contests in the past. I would get a little disappointed whenever I heard someone else's voice on the radio. I told myself to not give up, even though this event wasn't a priority of mine. I just wanted to give it a shot and see if I could win.

The Sunday before the event (the event was held August 22, 2018), I was about to leave to go to the mall with a friend. I decided that, before I leave, I should call in and use 2 phones to see if I could win. Next thing I know, I heard radio personality Mo' Bounce answer of the phones. I was starstruck and stuttered asking "Hi, I'm calling for the Summer Bash tickets." He congratulated me and I felt like I couldn't breathe.

The feeling I got was indescribable. I almost cried on the phone. He put on hold and I had to tell him some contact information. He laughed at my email address since it was One Direction related. It was kind of embarrassing but I was too excited to even care.

Finally, it was Wednesday. I met up with my friend and we drove to Pier 17 in NYC. The venue was stunning and the view of the Brooklyn Bridge was breathtaking. I definitely recommend going there. The event started at 6 but I got there at around 4:50.

After waiting in line for quite a while, we entered the venue. It was a rooftop concert so we were surrounded by the city skyline. There was a DJ that got the crowd pumped. He even played some One Direction songs and solo 1D songs. Everyone went insane (including myself). Joe Gatto from the show Impractical Jokers was there. I managed to get into a selfie he was taking with the crowd. That moment was honestly such a life goal.

Social House came on and they were great. They definitely know how to keep a crowd entertained. But I was mainly there for Liam. At around 8, Liam finally came on. His setlist was very short but he really knows how to put on a show. His vocals were on point and I had such a good view. It was such an amazing time. I'll truly never forget this experience.

Shoutout to Z100 (specifically Mo' Bounce) for allowing me to attend the event. I had a great time.

Overall, I learned that I shouldn't give up something that I want because even though the chances may be low, at least I can say that a gave it a chance.

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7 Things Every Real Taylor Swift Fan Knows Will 100 Percent Happen On TS7



On April 13th, Taylor Swift posted on her Instagram a picture with the caption "4.26"... since then, every post since has had the same caption, and fans have been theorizing ever since.

1. It's going to be very different from "Reputation"


Looking at her current pastel Instagram theme, it is very, very different than dark, mysterious vibe from her "Reputation" days.

2. This will be one of Taylor's happiest albums yet


Taylor has stayed out of the media for the most part since the release of "Reputation", and I believe that she's enjoyed her time, focusing on her music, friends, family, and relationships during this downtime.

3. This album will reflect on her childhood


In 2016, in an interview with Glamour magazine, Taylor revealed that she was bullied in school, and her mom would often take her to T.J.Maxx after school to look at the opal jewelry in order to cheer her up. On April 14th, she posted a picture of jewelry, including opal. Also, one could say that her current Instagram profile picture has an opal tone to it. These could be hints to Taylor tapping into her childhood for her newest album. Oh, and she dressed up as a "childhood hero" for a New Year's Eve party...

4. ...But also focus on moving forward


From her fresh, pastel Instagram theme to the flowers, butterflies, and overall springy vibes, Taylor has an airy, happy vibe that yells fresh, new life. Perhaps the album will also focus on her rising above everything from "Reputation" and all of the new things in her life.

5. It's going to have hidden eggs placed within the lyrics


All Swift fans know that Taylor loves to play games and create puzzles for us to figure out leading up to album releases. Why does the album itself have to be any different? Hopefully TS7 will have hidden gems in it as well...

6. Jack Antonoff and Max Martin will be back


Jack and Max have been with Taylor since "1989," and I don't think they're going anywhere. If they made it through the sound shift between Swift's 5th and 6th albums, they can work with whatever new ideas Taylor comes up with.

7. If the old Taylor is dead, I think TS7 will be when the new Taylor fully emerges


There's been some butterfly emojis and imagery flying around on Taylor's Instagram, and in a way, I think TS7 will be Taylor emerging from her cocoon of sorts into a butterfly. "Reputation" showed that she was capable of change, and this new album will show a more mature version of Taylor.

Chances are all of these are 100% wrong... but hey, it's fun to theorize while we wait for her new single/album to drop on April 26th.

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