If you were like me, back in the day one of the biggest thrills was to call your favorite radio station. Whether you wanted to request a song, ask when they were giving away concert tickets, or tell your true love you’d never leave them (what was her name, again?), it was an even bigger thrill if you heard your voice being played back over the radio!

Times & technology have changed, and now you can leave a message for us and all the BlackLight Radio listeners right here. Whether you’re on your phone, your tablet, or your PC, as long as you have a microphone hooked up you can give us your thoughts (up to 90 seconds). Request your favorite song, ask about your favorite artist, or just say “hello, world!” to the BlackLight Radio listening audience. Promote your town! Relay your favorite 80s memory.

Before long, you may hear yourself played back on BlackLight Radio! You hear from us every day; now it’s our turn to hear from YOU. Just click the record button below. If you have any issues, email us at inbox@blacklightradio.com.

Shout, shout, let it all out! You can talk to me, even if you’re talking in your sleep. I’m not asking you to talk dirty to me; we couldn’t air that! Just talk, talk. You’ll be the talk of the town! Mama may have said don’t talk to strangers, but we’re your friends at BlackLight Radio. You can talk to us now, and we can talk to ya later. If you think it’s funny, you can baby talk. Just call me; say “hello.” You won’t need a Mr. Telephone Man with modern technology. Even if you just called to say I love you, you won’t have to remember numbers like 867-5309 or 853-5937. No need for an operator here. Others might say, “baby don’t forget my number.” You just don’t forget our website. When you leave a message here, you’re calling America.

…Enough 80s song puns; here’s the record button!

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38 Special: Jacksonville, Florida
10,000 Maniacs: Jamestown, New York
Ack-Ack: Champaign–Urbana, Illinois
Aerosmith: Boston, Massachusetts
Alice Cooper: Phoenix, Arizona
Ambrosia: Los Angeles, California
Anita Baker: Toldeo, Ohio
America: Los Angeles, California
Animotion: Los Angeles, California
Autograph: Pasadena, California
The B-52’s: Athens, Georgia
Bad English: Los Angeles, California
The Bangles: Los Angeles, California
Beastie Boys: New York City, New York
Berlin: Los Angeles, California
Billy Joel: New York City, New York
Billy Squier: Wellesley, Massachusetts
Billy Vera & The Beaters: Riverside, California
Blondie: New York City, New York
Blue Oyster Cult: Stoney Brook, Long Island, New York
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: Detroit, Michigan
Bon Jovi: Sayreville, New Jersey
Bonnie Raitt: Burbank, California
Boogie Boys: Harlem, New York City, New York
Boston: Boston, Massachusetts
Boy Meets Girl: Seattle, Washington
Boz Scaggs: Plano, Texas
Breakfast Club: New York City, New York
Brenda K. Starr: New York City, New York
The Brothers Johnson: Los Angeles, California
Bruce Hornsby & The Range: Williamsburg, Virginia
Bruce Springsteen: Long Branch, New Jersey
The Call: Santa Cruz, California
Cameo: New York City, New York
Carl Carlton: Detroit, Michigan
Carly Simon: New York City, New York
The Cars: Boston, Massachusetts
Chaka Khan: Chicago, Illinois
The Charlie Daniels Band: Wilmington, North Carolina
Cheap Trick: Rockford, Illinois
Cheryl Pepsii Riley: Brooklyn, New York
Chicago: Chicago, Illinois
Christopher Cross: San Antonio, Texas
Commodores: Tuskegee, Alabama
Crosby, Stills, & Nash: Los Angeles, California
Cyndi Lauper: New York City, New York
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dan Hartman: West Hanover Township, Pennsylvania
Daryl Hall & John Oates: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
David Lee Roth: Bloomington, Indiana
Dazz Band: Cleveland, Ohio
De La Soul: Amityville, New York
Devo: Akron, Ohio
Diana Ross: Detroit, Michigan
Don Henley: Gilmer, Texas
Donna Summer: Boston, Massachusetts
Eagles: Los Angeles, California
Eddie Money: New York City, New York
Eddie Murphy: New York City, New York
Eddie Rabbitt: Brooklyn, New York
El Debarge: Detroit, Michigan
Eric Carmen: Cleveland, Ohio
Expose’: Miami, Florida
The Fabulous Thunderbirds: Austin, Texas
Fleetwood Mac: Los Angeles, California
Foreigner: New York City, New York
Frank Sinatra: Hoboken, New Jersey
Frank Zappa: Baltimore, Maryland
The GAP Band: Tulsa, Oklahoma
George Benson: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
George Clinton: Kannapolis, North Carolina
The Georgia Satellites: Atlanta, Georgia
Gladys Knight & The Pips: Atlanta, Georgia
Glenn Frey: Detroit, Michigan
The Go-Go’s: Los Angeles, California
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five: New York City, New York
Greg Kihn Band: San Francisco, California
Guns ‘N’ Roses: Lost Angeles, California
Heart: Seattle, Washington
Herb Alpert: Los Angeles, California
Herbie Hancock: Chicago, Illinois
Huey Lewis & The News: San Francisco, California
Information Society: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Irene Cara: New York City, New York
The J. Geils Band: Worcester, Massachusetts
Jack Wagner: Washington, Missouri
Jackson Browne: Los Angeles, California
James Brown: Barnwell, South Carolina
James Ingram: Akron, Ohio
Janet Jackson: Gary, Indiana
Jeffrey Osborne: Providence, Rhode Island
Jermaine Jackson: Gary, Indiana
The Jets: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Jody Watley: Chicago, Illinois
John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band: Narragansett, Rhode Island
John Cougar Mellencamp: Seymour, Indiana
John Fogerty: El Cerrito, California
Journey: San Francisco, California
Juice Newton: Lakehurst, New Jersey
Kansas: Topeka, Kansas
Keith Sweat: New York City, New York
Kenny Loggins: Everett, Washington
Kix: Hagerstown, Maryland
Kool & The Gang: Jersey City, New Jersey
LL Kool J: Queens, New York
Lakeside: Dayton, Ohio
Laura Branigan: Mount Kisco, New York
LeVert: Cleveland, Ohio
Lindsey Buckingham: Palo Alto, California
Lionel Richie: Tuskegee, Alabama
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force: New York City, New York
Living Colour: New York City, New York
Los Lobos: East Los Angeles, California
Lou Gramm: Rochester, New York
Louis Armstrong: New Orleans, Louisiana
Luther Vandross: New York City, New York
Madonna: Bay City, Michigan
Metallica: Los Angeles, California
Miami Sound Machine: Miami, Florida
Michael Jackson: Gary, Indiana
Michael McDonald: St. Louis, Missouri
Michael Penn: New York City, New York
Michael Sembello: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Midnight Star: Frankfort, Kentucky
Missing Persons: Los Angeles, California
The Motels: Berkeley, California
Mötley Crüe: Hollywood, California
Mr. Mister: Phoenix, Arizona
N.W.A.: Compton, California
Neil Diamond: New York City, New York
New Edition: Boston, Massachusetts
Newcleus: Brooklyn, New York
Oingo Boingo: Los Angeles, California
Pat Benatar: New York City, New York
Patti Austin: Harlem, New York
Patrice Rushen: Los Angeles, California
Paul Davis: Meridian, Mississippi
Paul Simon: Newark, New Jersey
Paula Abdul: San Fernando, California
Pebbles: Oakland, California
Peter Wolf: The Bronx, New York
Phillip Bailey: Denver, Colorado
Plimsouls: Paramount, California
The Pixies: Boston, Massachusetts
The Pointer Sisters: Oakland, California
Poison: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Pretty Poison: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Prince & The Revolution: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Public Enemy: Long Island, New York
Quarterflash: Portland, Oregon
Ratt: Los Angeles, California
R.E.M.: Athens, Georgia
REO Speedwagon: Champaign, Illinois
Ready For The World: Flint, Michigan
Ric Ocasek: Baltimore, Maryland
Richard Marx: Chicago, Illinois
Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock: New York City, New York
Robbie Dupree: Brooklyn, New York
Robbie Nevil: Los Angeles, California
Rockwell: Detroit, Michigan
The Romantics: Detroit, Michigan
Run-DMC: Hollis, Queens, New York
The S.O.S. Band: Atlanta, Georgia
Salt-N-Peppa: New York City, New York
Sammy Hagar: Salinas, California
Santana: San Francisco, California
Scandal: New York City, New York
Shalamar: Los Angeles, California
Shannon: Washington D.C.
Sheila E.: Oakland, California
Skid Row: Toms River, New Jersey
The Smithereens: Carteret, New Jersey
The Spinners: Ferndale, Michigan
Steve Earle: San Antonio, Texas
Steve Miller Band: San Francisco, California
Steve Perry: Hanford, California
Stevie Nicks: Phoenix, Arizona
Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble: Austin, Texas
Stray Cats: Massapequa, New York
Styx: Chicago, Illinois
The Sugarhill Gang: Englewood, New Jersey
Survivor: Chicago, Illinois
Suzanne Vega: Santa Monica, California
The System: New York City, New York
Talking Heads: Providence, Rhode Island
Taylor Dayne: New York City, New York
Terence Trent D’Arby: Manhattan, New York
Terri Gibbs: Grovetown, Georgia
Tesla: Sacramento, California
‘Til Tuesday: Boston, Massachusetts
The Time: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Timex Social Club: Berkeley, California
Tina Turner: Brownsville, Tennessee
Todd Rundgren: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Gainesville, Florida
Tom Tom Club: New York City, New York
Tommy Tutone: San Francisco, California
Tone-Loc: Los Angeles, California
Toto: Los Angeles, California
Touch: New York City, New York
Tracy Chapman: Cleveland, Ohio
Traveling Wilburys: Los Angeles, California
The Tubes: San Francisco, California
Twisted Sister: Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey
Van Halen: Pasadena, California
The Waitresses: Akron, Ohio
Wall Of Voodoo: Los Angeles, California
Waylon Jennings: Littlefield, Texas
“Weird Al” Yankovic: Lynwood, California
The Whispers: Los Angeles, California
Winger: New York City, New York
ZZ Top: Hoston, Texas

…These an many more all-American artists are playing all day July 4th as we celebrate Independence Day in the USA on BlackLight Radio! You can find BlackLight Radio on Live365, TuneIn, and most of your favorite streaming apps and websites.

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In the vibrant music landscape of the 1980s, the Thompson Twins emerged as a dynamic and influential force in the realm of new wave pop. With their catchy hooks, distinctive fashion sense, and infectious energy, the British trio made their mark on the charts and became a staple of the decade’s pop culture. Let’s delve into the exciting journey of the Thompson Twins and their significant impact on the music scene.

Formation and Early Success:

The Thompson Twins formed in 1977, led by Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie, and Joe Leeway, who embraced an eclectic mix of synth-pop, dance beats, and infectious melodies.

Chart-Topping Hits:

During the 1980s, the Thompson Twins achieved commercial success with a string of chart-topping hits, including "Hold Me Now," "Lies," and "Doctor! Doctor!" Their energetic and infectious singles resonated with audiences worldwide.

Experimental Sound:

The band fearlessly explored various musical styles and genres, infusing elements of funk, reggae, and world music into their infectious pop sound. This experimentation allowed them to stand out from their contemporaries.

Colorful Aesthetics:

Beyond their music, the Thompson Twins embraced a vibrant and visually striking image. Their unique fashion sense, characterized by bright colors, quirky hairstyles, and distinct makeup, added to their allure and made them style icons of the era.

Innovative Songwriting:

The Thompson Twins' songs were marked by catchy hooks, memorable choruses, and introspective lyrics. They skillfully captured the essence of relationships, self-discovery, and societal themes, resonating with listeners on a deeper level.

Dynamic Live Performances:

The band's live performances were renowned for their high energy and charismatic stage presence. Tom Bailey's dynamic vocals, Alannah Currie's percussion, and Joe Leeway's multi-instrumental talents combined to create an electrifying live experience.

Critical Acclaim and Awards:

The Thompson Twins garnered critical acclaim for their innovative sound and songwriting prowess. Their achievements include multiple BRIT Award nominations and an MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist in 1984.

Evolution and Lineup Changes:

As the decade progressed, the Thompson Twins underwent lineup changes, with Tom Bailey being the sole consistent member. Despite these shifts, their music continued to evolve, embracing more electronic and dance-oriented sounds.

Legacy and Influence:

The Thompson Twins left an indelible mark on the 1980s music scene and beyond. Their infectious pop melodies, innovative soundscapes, and distinctive style influenced countless artists and continue to resonate with fans today.

Post-1980s Ventures:

Following the 1980s, the Thompson Twins explored various musical projects and collaborations. Tom Bailey released solo albums, while Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway pursued art and multimedia endeavors.

The Thompson Twins’ colorful journey through the 1980s showcased their ability to craft infectious pop music, push boundaries, and captivate audiences. Their chart-topping hits, experimental sound, and unique aesthetics solidified their place in music history. Today, the Thompson Twins’ legacy lives on, reminding us of the enduring impact of their innovative sound and the colorful spirit they brought to the world of new wave pop.

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