NY Radio Continues Discussion Of Lyric Content
April 18, 2007 at 5:45 AM (PT)
On the heels of yesterday's report (NET NEWS 4/17) that CLEAR CHANNEL Urban WWPR (POWER 105.1)/NEW YORK was watching its hip-hop lyric content, THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS reports again today that rival EMMIS Top 40/Rhythmic WQHT (HOT 97.1) says it also had been cleaning things up.
"Radio standards have been seriously tightened since JANET JACKSON's incident at the SUPER BOWL," said PD EBRO DARDEN. "We are always keeping a close eye on what happens on the airwaves. We've been through our share of issues."
ICBC Urban WBLS PD VINNY BROWN said, "BLS has never walked quite so close to the edge on content as have some other stations -- partly because it's aimed more at adults and partially because it's black-owned. We're in the community; [Chairman Emeritus] PERCY SUTTON and everyone else here walks down the streets and meets the people who listen to us. There's a direct accountability you don't always find at all stations. If people don't agree with what we're playing, they'll say so. They'll say, 'I expected better from WBLS.' Chairman SUTTON set an original standard of dignity at all levels of the company, and we try to follow it today."
AL SHARPTON talked about hip-hop content recently on EMMIS Urban AC WRKS, calling for artists to show more respect for themselves and their people in their songs. A number of callers agreed with him -- and some asked KISS to pressure its sister station, HOT 97, to clean things up.