Welcome to our new blog, Words From The Webmaster. I don't get much of a chance to pop my head out from under the computer, what with all the great jocks we have here. But I thought I'd take this opportunity to give you a different look at what happens behind-the-scenes at your favorite radio station.

This happens to be one of my favorite stories about meeting a new artist. Something you may not know is that when a new artist is coming out, their record company usually takes them on a barnstorming tour of all the country radio stations in the country. It's their way of introducing the artist to the people who will be (hopefully) playing their music - adds a bit of a personal touch and gives us a chance to hear them sing live.

Taylor Swift first came to the station in late 2006. "Tim McGraw" was just starting to make its way onto radio and the charts. Quite honestly, when we heard that Taylor was only 16 years old, we were really wondering if this "kid" had what it takes to make it in country music. She arrived with her record rep, and her mom. Looking at this little girl who was still a bit shy, we really didn't know what to make of her.

That was until Taylor sat down in our conference room and brought out her personalized Koa wood Taylor guitar. Once she had the guitar in her hands, she seemed to gain some more confidence and started talking to us "hard-nosed" radio people. Then she sang "Tim McGraw" for us. She even changed one of the lyrics to "Someday you'll turn Today's Best Country on," which gave us all a little smile. Afterwards, we traded off talking with Taylor, then talking with her mom. Again, remember, Taylor was just 16 at the time, and we all felt a little strange ask hard music questions to a teenager.

Before Taylor left, they had a sampler of her first CD that the record guy wanted us to sample through. We didn't have a CD player in the conference room, so we went to a studio to listen to it. After a couple songs, Taylor's mom touched me on the arm and said, "Do you have a DVD player here?" It just so happened that we did. Turns out that they had the very first copy of Taylor's "Tim McGraw" video, freshly burned to DVD, and they hadn't had the chance to see the finished product yet. Not even CMT or GAC had it!

I took the DVD from her and put it in the player. I turned on the TV, then ran the sound through the studio speakers for better sound. I was watching the video like everyone else, but then I looked over at Taylor's mom. She had a big smile on her face, and she was quietly crying happy tears. Her baby was on the TV screen in her first music video. I still get goosepimples thinking about that moment.

It was a wonderful memory, especially considering Taylor's fantastic success since that day. I haven't seen Taylor since then, but if I ever do, I hope she remembers that day in the studio.

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(1/3/2010 2:50:04 PM)
i can totaly amanige how she felt. when i see my brother get some thing for school it makes me so proud to be his little sister

- natasha
(10/22/2009 12:21:10 PM)
Man that song truely takes me back to when i was 15...thank-you.

- Kk
(10/9/2009 2:42:45 PM)
15 is my favrit song to hear. I wish you would play it more on the radio.

- Jenny
(10/9/2009 2:32:49 PM)
Wow it seems like that song just came out last year. And she's how old now?

- Rebel Child
(10/9/2009 2:27:53 PM)
I'm a mother and I can only imagine how swelled up with pride Taylor's mom was. Those are special moments indeed and you were very lucky to be there to witness it. Thanks for sharing it!

- LaLinda

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