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Winner Experience: Announce the #1 Song On Air with Ryan Seacrest

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Make some room, Seacrest. Suzanne S. from Coral Gables, FL, was a total pro when she announced the #1 song on American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest! Let’s hear about her Hollywood experience.

How was your time in the studio?
It was wonderful to meet Ryan and learn about how he does everything. He’s just a powerhouse. He produces the show with such grace and ease and makes it look effortless, but it’s a tremendous undertaking. When you hear it on the radio it’s so different from being behind the scenes. It was really exciting.

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What can you tell us about the magic of radio?
I don’t know if I want to give away their secrets! I think what was most interesting to me was how Ryan has such a deep understanding of all of the different artists and songs, and how he’s able to recall so many details. Even with me! When we met he congratulated me, and of course I thought he was congratulating me on winning the experience, but he had heard that we were recently married and he was congratulating us on the wedding. It was very impressive. We were blown away.

Awesome! How’d your husband like the trip?
We had a wonderful time in LA. Ryan gave us tickets to the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and bought us a delicious lunch at a swanky LA restaurant. That was a lot of fun. My husband was like, “This is like a second honeymoon!”

That sounds amazing. What was the highlight?
My highlight was the fact that I’m the first non-host to announce the #1 song on American Top 40… that made it really special. When I was a young girl I would listen to American Top 40 all the time. I never dreamed that so many years later, I would be the person announcing the #1 song! That was really cool. It was like a dream come true that I didn’t know was a dream, if that makes any sense.

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How did you feel saying the line on air?
I was really comfortable! It was exciting, I wasn’t nervous.

You’re a natural! Is there anything you want to say to your fellow Omazers?
Thank you for your donations! I have a personal connection to the cause because I have a family member who passed away from AIDS, and (RED) really is working to educate people and wipe it out in places where people don’t have the resources that we do. So I just made a donation because it was important to me. And getting a t-shirt and a chance to win was the icing on the cake. It really feels good to know that when you give out of the goodness of your heart, something good can come back to you. So if Omaze can keep the fun stuff coming, I’d tell everyone to share it with your friends and family. Aside from supporting a great cause, you could be a winner too!

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