Did you ever?
I'm pretty sure that I remember this correctly, but maybe not because it's been over 45 years since it happened. One night, I was calling the local top 40 radio station to ask them to play a song. It was probably a Beatles song, and I wonder now why I wanted to hear it on the radio since I had all their records and could easily have just played it myself, but I guess that was just something we did. I probably thought it would be thrilling to talk to the DJ. Well, the line was busy, as it always was, but before I hung up, I realized that I could hear someone yelling, "Hello!" over the busy signal. So, I answered and we started talking, and I found out that there were people who talked over the signal all the time.
Sometimes I would talk to boys and give them my phone number and they would call me. I would never have called them. I don't remember ever meeting any of them though. For a while, I did this fairly frequently, I think, but I'm not sure for how long, or why I stopped. I guess it just lost it's novelty. I'm also not sure if my friends did it, too, but I'm pretty sure they did, and I'm almost positive that my sister did.
I guess that this is a social media that has gone by the wayside. People listen to music in a different way now, and teenagers don't use land lines. Of course, they have Facebook and Twitter and texting and a billion ways to communicate, but this was something different because it was sort of esoteric--something behind the scenes that not everybody knew about.
The radio station I usually called was 680, WMPS.The DJs used to call themselves the WMPS Good Guys and when the Rolling Stones came to town, they had a contest where people made signs that said, "The WMPS Good Guys Welcome the Rolling Stones." A couple of girls from our high school entered and won the contest. Some years later, the T-shirt they made ended up on the front of Sargent Peppers Lonely Heart's Club Band. You've probably seen it.