Wednesday, April 25, 2012

4.25.12 Bee-otch of the Day: radio stations still playing Ted Nugent

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Name: various
Age: various
Occupation: radio stations
Last Seen: everywhere
Bee-otched For: STILL playing Ted Nugent's music


Hard to believe it, but the most-controversial rocker in the country ain't a Satan worshiper or somebody that appeals to those under 30.

Last week, legendary rocker Ted Nugent made idiotic comments regarding President Obama, stating that we should cut his head off in the 2012 elections. Of course, making a comment regarding killing the president is, well, not very nice. Since making those comments at an NRA convention, not only was he barred from playing in front of Army servicemen, but he also had a nice chat with the Secret Service.

Oh, and he might have to pay the state of Alaska some dough for killing a black bear in that state. Cute.

Now, here's a flashback 4 ya: remember in 2004 there was a little Country trio called The Dixie Chicks? They had hit records and won Grammys. Then, while they were in England, lead singer Natalie Maines told the crowd that they felt ashamed to be from the same state as George W. Bush. Mind you, at the same time, we were entering Iraq and many Americans were on his side because we felt that Saddam and Osama were in the same boat together (which we found to be untrue).

Just days after Maines' comments, many radio stations dumped the Chicks' music from their playlist, mainly stations owned by Cumulus Media. Many other Country stations followed Cumulus' lead and did the same. I talked with a former Country station DJ, and he told me that his station dumped the Chicks' music after receiving death threats from listeners.

Of course, we found out that the Chicks weren't bad after all. After all, they had a hit album after the outburst despite the lack of airplay. That album, Taking the Long Way sold over four million copies and won several Grammys. The album's lead-off single, "Not Ready to Make Nice", was a shot at President Bush.

Today, some Country stations - even those owned by Cumulus - have returned the Chicks to their playlist. But now, we have another president-hating rocker, and his comments were waaaaaay worse than that of "we're ashamed to come from the same state as President Bush".

Ted Nugent said that we needed to rip off the head of Obama.

So, how many stations or radio companies have dropped Uncle Ted from their playlists? Well, in the wee hours of the morning - thank you - CBS's WNCX Cleveland played "Stranglehold" at 3:59, Emmis' KSHE St. Louis played "Dog Eat Dog" at 2:40 and (here we go) Cumulus-owned WNNX Atlanta played "Cat Scratch Fever" at 3:10.

The moral of the story, kids? It's OK to chop off the president's head, but it's not OK to feel shame that you're from the state he came from. Of course, the conservatives will find a way to throw Kenya into the fray.

But, what else do you expect from a medium that appeals to a lower common denominator? It's companies like Clear Channel that make sure that Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck all air on 50 KW powerhouses while Thom Hartmann and Ed Schultz air on tiny peashooters. Same goes with music. The Dixie Chicks got blacklisted while the Motor City Madman gets his residuals.

Thankfully, there's always the off switch.

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