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Programmers Say Dixie Chicks Still Not Welcome On The Radio
September 26, 2011
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Programmers Say Dixie Chicks Still Not Welcome On Their Airwaves
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In last Thursday’s Stark Country, we revealed that gold spins are on the rise for the Dixie Chicks eight and a half years after the incident that cost them their career. But even after all this time, a surprising number of country programmers say they’re still not playing the group’s past hits. Even those who are playing them are doing so very cautiously, with the politics of each market still playing a deciding role. When asked if all had been forgiven and forgotten when it comes to the Chicks, one programmer responded, “Are you kidding?”

We asked programmers how much (if any) Chicks music they’re playing now in the their gold categories, and how much that has changed in recent years. We also asked what kind of reaction they do get when they play or test music from the group now.

Surprisingly, PDs say the listener hostility toward the band still hasn’t abated, despite the more than eight years that have passed since lead singer Natalie Maines remarked at a London concert on the eve of the Iraq war that she was ashamed then President George Bush was from the group’s home state of Texas.

WYCD Detroit was instrumental in the group’s launch in 1997. But today, current OM/PD Tim Roberts says, “We are still not playing them in rotation as a portion of our audience continues to push back on them in research and in a very vocal way (complaints). We actually did a phone topic on it a few months ago and the negatives still far outweighed any positive comments or support.”

At WFRE Frederick, Md., PD Jess Wright reports, “We only have one song by the Dixie Chicks in our rotation at the moment, and it’s the Star Spangled Banner (we play a version of it every day at noon) and I’m not sure most people know it’s them. I have moved a song or two in and out of the light gold or fill categories a time or two because I genuinely like the way they sound on the radio, and that’s more than my predecessor played, but I’m always hesitant to play them during the daytime. :crazy:

“Even after all this time, there are people who will call or e-mail and tell us we are un-American for playing the Dixie Chicks,” Wright says. “It’s a shame. While my personal politics may not line up with theirs (or more accurately, Natalie’s), they did make a radio station sound good, didn’t they?” :wall:

“It’s a similar situation in Richmond, Va., where WKHK PD Buddy Van Arsdale reports, “We don’t play any Dixie Chicks. Richmond tends to be conservative, and playing them just riles up a very vocal part of our audience. I would be willing to bet it’s a small percentage, but like the Tea Party members, they are loud! :thumbup:

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SR: Blame That Loud Mouth Natalie Maines. Maines' mouth got bigger than her britches. And from what I remember, that chick had some big britches. Laugh

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September 26, 2011
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kiss my great big Dixie Chick
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Why? Are you having fun?
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September 27, 2011
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September 27, 2011
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😆

Willie Wonka quotes..
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Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

September 29, 2011
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"bionic" wrote: kiss my great big Dixie Chick
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OMG >>>>>>>>> :clap: :thumbup: Do take a bow! :wave:

I think I wet myself! 😯

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September 30, 2011
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I am thinking of hanging a sign on the door to my (obviously warped)mind
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Willie Wonka quotes..
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Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
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