I don't know if it's different where you are, but here in Reno, Halestorm is getting shafted on the radio. I mean, completely. The rock radio station out here just updated their website so that you can look up every single song they've played in the last week and when, and they've played Halestorm's music a grand total of once in the last seven days. And that was only because it was on the "Rock 30" syndicated show; the actual station here had nothing to do with that.
Which actually kind of irritates me more; see, Familiar Taste of Poison is on the Rock 30 countdown, which means it's one of the top thirty rock songs in the country right now. Besides that, it's climbed two positions since last week (from 25 to 23). So it's popular, and getting more popular. But the radio here refuses to play them. The DJs all swear up and down that they play Halestorm "all the time," and that I must just be missing it, but now I've got documented evidence that that's not the case. One of them even lied to me about it on this very website.
On top of all that, the station has been promoting Uproar pretty heavily the last couple of weeks, and playing pretty much every other band on the tour (everyone but Halestorm and New Medicine) a minimum of three or four times a day. When Halestorm played a show here in July, the station showed up and kissed their asses, but the very next day, they were dropped from the rotation completely, just like they were in the weeks before the show.
Lzzy seemed a little surprised and disappointed when I mentioned that the radio wasn't playing them at the pre-show meet and greet, probably because she'd just come from the station where they told her all about how much they loved the band. She suggested that I call the station and request the new single. Then she brought it up three times while she was on stage, too, which I assume is more than usual. So I called and requested them. Every day. I e-mailed the guy who does the "all-request" hour at 5pm. It turns out "all-request" means something different where he's from. I even talked to some of their people about it personally when they were broadcasting on-location. I always got what basically amounts to a brush-off. Why? Because I'm just one guy.
But I don't have to be. And neither do you.
These days, most radio stations have a website that lets you listen to them from anywhere on Earth. They don't just want listeners from all over the world, they expect them. And almost everyone nowadays has a cell phone they can use to call anyone in the country without worrying about long-distance charges like in the past. So why don't we work together?
Here's the plan: I've set up a Facebook page titled "Storm the Airwaves" and a Twitter account to go with it (Storm_Airwaves). I can't post links here, but they're both very easy to find with a simple search. Every day, I'm going to pick out a radio station or two, somewhere in North America, and post their name, location, and the phone number of their request line. Then, we Storm the Airwaves by calling them and requesting Halestorm all throughout the day. If enough of us work together with this, we could really make a difference in the amount of airplay the band gets, and more airplay means more fans. More fans mean more album and ticket and T-shirt sales, which means their label is much more likely to put up the money for more tours and albums in the future. Which means more Halestorm for all of us. It's win-win.
Whaddaya say, folks? Shall we Storm the Airwaves together?