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The Night I Met Billy Corgan

From: KRCB Voice of Youth
Length: 12:28

A young woman meets her musical hero

Default-piece-image-0 In her brief and relatively bland life, Emily Raymond had never been so nervous as the day she interviewed her musical god, Billy Corgan of the multi-platinum alternative rock group The Smashing Pumpkins. From her early days of lollygagging on the sofa watching VH1 to her ultimate brush with stardom, come along on her journey towards musical enlightenment as Emily rides in the car, goes backstage to interview Billy and learns how to love in the process.

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In her brief and relatively bland life, Emily Raymond had never been so nervous as the day she interviewed her musical god, Billy Corgan of the multi-platinum alternative rock group The Smashing Pumpkins. From her early days of lollygagging on the sofa watching VH1 to her ultimate brush with stardom, come along on her journey towards musical enlightenment as Emily rides in the car, goes backstage to interview Billy and learns how to love in the process.

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Review of The Night I Met Billy Corgan

This is truly amazing. I can't belive how lucky Emily is, I know she realizes it... Billy's interview was great, I just LOVE he way he says things about living and growing up, about how music is and how being yourself is so ambigous and hardto find. I wish I could meet him, so bad, the way his mind and his soul are diamond pure and how his voice also gives me the chills and "damps my eyes" sometimes as Emily said... I just... go crazy over who is, what he represents. Emily, you did no get the guy you wanted but you certainly had a part of your life conecting with the guy that all girls like me, like you, want desperatly in their fantasies, the 0ne and 0nly Billy C0rgan.

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Review of The Night I Met Billy Corgan

Madeline Brand Watch Your Back!

This young and extremely talented producer is going to be a star in public radio if this piece is any indication of her skills.

Emily weaves together three emotions. For younger folks, she conjures up the magic of meeting your rock star idol. For us jaded old radio folks she reminds of our first "big" interview with a star. For the rest, and most important, of the world she brings a simple story to life with a compelling narrative, focused production values and an emotional celebration of youth that brings everyone of every age together in a bit tent. Good Job!

A simple story, a teenager gets to meet and interview her favorite rock star. A tension builder; the road manager nearly nixes the long awaited and worked oh so hard for interview and the resounding peak of emotions when Billy walks into the room. Throw in a little high school impress the pants off the rest of the kids, though with modesty, and we’re off and running.

What's better, is that this piece really has great writing. Emily gets my prize for best use of adjectives in creating theater of the mind. As with all pieces over 10 mins., there are few uber review edits I might make, but this piece made me stop my workout and realize why I am in public radio.

Dare I call it at Drive Way Piece? You bet! Emily is conversational, introspective and charming making this a must air piece for any format (this is another piece my PD is getting note on) as a stand alone or part of a mag.

THIS PIECE MUST MUST MUST BE GIVEN NATIONAL ATTENTION!