That's when I learned that it's surprisingly easy to fake a request show. People mostly call in wanting to hear whatever is most popular -- stuff that's on the schedule to play anyway. Surprisingly enough, if 90 percent of your output is the new Katy Perry single, 90 percent of people only want to hear that. I would record them saying they wanted to hear something I knew was coming up in the next hour, and then play it during the break before that song. If they wanted something other than the 12 songs the station usually played on a loop, things got a little bloody.
It was mostly little kids and drunk people who called in to request music, and they did it for the novelty of hearing themselves on the radio. If I denied them that immense pleasure, they tended to get upset. Insane Clown Posse fans and 12-year-old girls who wanted to hear 50 Cent's "In Da Club" were sent away equally disappointed. And we all know that if there's one group of people you don't want to piss off, its 12-year-old girls. They're brutal. That's why if you mention high school, people get all nostalgic, while if you mention middle school, the room goes silent. We don't talk about the Dark Times.