Radio Feedback: Toad the Wet Sprocket Stalk Local DJ to Play Their Cassette

Toad the Wet Sprocket performs at Farm Aid. (credit: Maria Ives)
Toad the Wet Sprocket performs at Farm Aid. (credit: Maria Ives)

Welcome to Radio Feedback,’s weekly feature where we ask artists to wax nostalgic on the first time they heard themselves on the radio.

It was the ’80s and cassettes were still a thing for the first time. A new band Toad the Wet Sprocket were determined to get their music on the radio any way they could. Every Sunday, their local radio station spotlighted new talent so the band took several trips to the studio to entice the DJs to play their music.

“We would knock on the back door and hand them our little cassette,” guitarist Todd Nichols told before the band’s performance at this year’s Farm Aid. “It took about a few tries to get them to play it and then one night all of a sudden I heard a really loud hiss.”

“And that’s how we knew it was us,” bassist Dean Dinning admitted.

While the band can’t remember exactly which song it was, the feeling of hearing their music on the radio for the first time is something they’ll never forget.


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