AM Radio began in 1999, when they recorded a debut album that they couldn't find the support to release. After Ridel unsuccessfully pursued a project entitled Peel, it was Cuomo who helped AM Radio get off the ground in 2001. Cuomo was enlisted as AM Radio's manager, and in 2002, the band toured with Weezer on the Dusty West Tour, Japan World Cup Tour, and the Enlightenment Tour. In 2003, "Radioactive" was released on Elektra Records, supported by singles "Taken for a Ride" and "I Just Wanna Be Loved." "I Just Wanna Be Loved" was featured on "Smallville," a hit TV series on "The WB" and released on the show's soundtrack. Also in 2003, "Taken for a Ride" was featured on the videogame soundtrack for EA Sports’ John Madden Football 2003. The band received more support from "The WB" when "Taken for a Ride" was featured on an episode of "One Tree Hill." The song also appeared on a television trailer for the FOX feature film "The Girl Next Door" that same year.