No New Dixie Chicks Allowed

In “Living Out Loud” on June 14, I wrote about the Dixie Chicks and their struggle here in Cincinnati to be heard on country radio. Most country stations stopped playing Chicks music after lead singer Natalie Maines, on a London stage, stated, “Just so you know, we’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas,” 10 days before our troops poured into Iraq. The big country station in town, WUBE (105.1 FM), stopped playing them immediately and, as of last night, still isn’t playing anything from their new CD, Taking the Long Way.

I called up Big Dave at B105 last night.
“Hi, B105.”
“Big Dave?”
“Yes!”
“Are you playing anything from the new Dixie Chicks CD?”
A long pause.
“I guess I don’t understand the question.”
“Are you playing anything from the new Dixie Chicks CD?”
Another pause.
“Err … no, we’re not.”
Then I got the old dial tone.
When I interviewed Program Director Marty Thompson for the original story, he said B105 wanted to play Dixie Chicks music but the listening audience didn’t want to hear it. Apparently, that hasn’t changed since June.
But here’s where it gets strange. If you call B105 and ask for old Dixie Chicks music — albums made before Maines’ comment — the station will play your request. In other words, if you want to hear Wide Open Spaces or Goodbye, Earl, that’s not a problem. If you want to hear their outstanding current single, Everybody Knows, forget it. To request it would be somehow unpatriotic?
B105’s slogan is “Good times, great country.” Perhaps they should change it to “Strange times, great (we’ll let you know what’s good for you) country.” In my mind, that seems a little more fitting.
— Larry Gross

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5 Comments on “No New Dixie Chicks Allowed”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    To be more fair than I should be, the new Dixie Chicks material is a lot less country than those older songs you mention. I’m sure the poltical mess is the main reason, but they could (should) use the “We don’t play adult contemporary, we play country music” excuse.

    But, heck, what is ‘country music’ anymore?


  2. I’m no fan of country music and have no idea how country music stations go about maximizing profit. That said, it seems country music stations are hard-headed ostriches.
    Look at President Bush’s poll numbers. The Emporor has no clothes, and all but bird brains are well aware.

  3. tim Says:

    They won’t play the Dixie Chicks but I bet they’ll play Willie Nelson who is far to the left of the Chicks.

  4. trey Says:

    Why doesn’t that great open-minded station, WNKU play Toby Keith? Because even though he has found a niche as a strong voice for a rather large segment of the population, he doesn’t jibe with WNKU’s liberal slant. All stations have an unspoken political worldview and its naive to think only those stubborn red-neck rightwingers deny airplay to people who don’t toe the party line. Rolling Stone almost single-handedly ruined the career of the Guess Who because they played a concert for Nixon’s daughters.

  5. Natasha Says:

    I have to join Natalie in her view.

    But, alas, we are not in a free country any longer.

    I saw a bumper sticker recently (and God! if you know where to get one, let me know!):

    “Somewhere in Texas, a village is missing it’s idiot.”


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