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US Radio Censors Hundreds of Songs  Print E-mail
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Written by AVRev.com   
Friday, 21 September 2001

Radio stations, reportedly in 3 major groups, have voluntarily removed potentially offensive songs from their playlists at stations nationwide. Initially thought to be an act of sensitivity to the victims of September 11th’s and a nation currently in mourning, continuing to censor songs more than over a week after the tragedies seems more like an attack on our freedom of speech much like the terrorists would have wished for.

A list of songs allegedly censored by Clear Channel Communications, owner of over 1200 US radio properties, includes: "Stairway To Heaven," "Sunday Bloody Sunday" "Another One Bites The Dust" and "Rocket Man." More obscure songs have been supposedly dropped from US rotations at other radio groups like Citadel and Bonneville including The Beatles’ "A Day In The Life" and "It’s The End Of The World As We Know It" by R.E.M.

With 88 percent of Americans in support of military action in response to terrorist acts, it is unlikely they will tolerate not hearing their favorite classic rock hits for long. For now we will be forced to live in a world much like the guitar store in Wayne’s World where the is NO Stairway To Heaven allowed. I wonder if the programmers at the radio groups could toss in "Hotel California," "Freebird" and "Layla" into the censored list. These tunes are not really offensive, they are sure are played out contrary to the opinions held by many radio programmers.

Source: Inside Radio







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