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Welcome to Radio Feedback, Radio.com’s weekly feature where we ask artists to wax nostalgic on the first time they heard themselves on the radio.
The first time Hayley Williams heard herself on the radio, she was sweaty, surrounded by screaming fans and running on adrenaline.
Williams had just finished up a show in Detroit with her band Paramore, who were promoting their second album, 2007′s Riot!, and she was headed back to the bus with the rest of the guys. As they got on the vehicle, which was surrounded by a large group of fans who decided to stick around to catch a glimpse of the band, they heard one of the local radio stations announce that they were going to premiere Paramore’s song “Misery Business” right then and there.
“We opened up all the windows and let all the fans listen to it,” Williams told Radio.com, “and we just partied.”
The frontwoman says it was “a cool feeling” to hear her song on the radio and even now when she catches one of her songs on the radio, she gets excited.
“Every time I hear it, I blast it out like I’m the biggest Paramore fan in the world,” Williams said.
Since the very beginning, Williams and her fans have had a special bond. And she says the fans have played a big role in her band’s success. “Honestly, we have the coolest fans, she said. “They’re some of the smartest fans and they’re working for us really.”
It’s true, Paramore fans have put in time making sure their favorite band continues to be played on radio even now, six years after Williams rolled down those tour bus windows. They call in to local stations requesting Paramore songs and now, with Facebook and Twitter, they’ve come up with more technologically advanced ways to get the band’s songs played over the airwaves.
“It’s crazy to me,” Williams said. “They’re not getting paid to do it. They just have passion about the music and are dedicated to the cause, whatever it is.”
With Paramore’s most recent single, “Still Into You,” a few fans launched a webpage where other people from all over the world can connect with their local radio stations to request the song through their Twitter account. Currently, there are 291 radio stations in the U.S. that are listed on the site where you can request Paramore’s song with just a click of a button.
“I’m going to start retweeting that,” Williams said. “I’m going to retweet the heck out of it so people can request ‘Still Into You’ even more.”