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Utica D.J. believed to be first in the country to play '20 Little Angels'
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Stacey 'Polly Wogg' McAdams, a D.J. at Big Frog 104, came across a song that she knew was powerful, so she just had to play it on the air, and she is believed to be the first D.J. in the country to play it.
The popular morning at Townsquare Media's Big Frog 104 station based in Marcy came across the song '20 Little Angels' on the Andy Griggs' website.
The country music star had put a version on his site, but had not yet released the song, so it wasn't yet for sale.
The 20 Little Angels refer to the 20 children of the 26 total people killed during the shooting in Newtown Connecticut in December.
McAdams says when she called Griggs, he was perfectly fine with her playing the version from the website, and, since she has played it for the first time about a week ago, McAdams says it already has become one of the most requested songs in the history of the station
McAdams said, "It kind of took be back, choked me up a little, but then when you listen to it a second time, it not only chokes you up, it makes you smile too, and helps you heal a little bit, makes you feel a little better knowing that they're somewhere and they're looking at us."
During a phone call with Griggs this past week, McAdams asked Griggs the following: "When you come up with a song like that though and you see the response it makes all of that worth it doesn't it?"
Griggs responded, "It does, and if I could effect just one person...but it's not about me, it's not about you, it's not about the listeners, it's about 20 families right now."
McAdams says the song is a healing song, saying, "When it starts, you choke up for those kids, but then when it gets along you just keep listening and it just makes you smile while you're crying at the same time."
The song is about the 20 Little Angels looking down at us and McAdams says it is going to be absolutely huge for Griggs. She said, "I can't imagine the reaction that he's getting, the reaction that we're getting, on our Facebook page, on our website, thousands and thousands of hits already."
Andy Griggs is not making a penny on the sale of the song, he wants it all to go to the families of all 26 victims of the Newtown tragedy.
You can purchase the song for $1.29 on iTunes.
McAdams says this song is what music is all about. She said, "I think that is the beauty of music, whether you're happy or sad, you can always find a song which will help you emotionally with whatever you are dealing with."