WV Radio Corp. Pulls Offensive Music From Stations
May 2, 2007 at 5:45 AM (PT)
THE CHARLESTON DAILY MAIL reports a review of the content of all 24 of WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORP.'s radio stations has resulted in 5% or 6% of the music being pulled from playlists because of inappropriate content, President DALE MILLER said. A review of the stations' content was ordered by MILLER last month in the wake of national outrage over DON IMUS' racist and sexist comment about the RUTGERS UNIVERSITY women's basketball team.
WV RADIO announced only that it was reviewing the content of its hip-hop station, WRVZ (98.7 THE BEAT)/CHARLESTON, but MILLER said the content of all of the company's radio stations was reviewed.
"Every title we play on each one of our radio stations got looked at," he said. "We asked, 'Is this piece of music something we want to broadcast on our radio stations?' The vast majority of stuff we felt was OK. For a long time we had thought that music has reached a pretty unsustainable period of time in the way lyrics were going -- not just vulgarity and violence but disrespect for women, even if beeped or redacted or whatever. I wouldn't say there was one genre of music that was most problematic. Let's face it, indecency fines have increased tenfold. What used to be a $27,000 window of exposure is $270,000. If that doesn't get your attention, I don't know what will."