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American Music Awards - vying for votes

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:22 pm
by kemoSnake
Question: Should radio people using social media or personal outlets (such as blogs) to pitch for votes for one Christian/Gospel artist over another in the American Music Awards? Or any awards program? Shouldn't they keep an unbiased stance to the public?

Case in point: On Twitter someone said vote for this artist in the American Music Awards. What about the other two? That artist might be your favorite but to your listeners who see (or hear) that, it makes the other two nominees as less important or less worthy (seemingly).

It's different for labels or promoters or publicists to pitch for votes - they're paid to work for the artist. Radio people should remain unbiased, imo. Vote for who want in private but don't put one artist over another in public.

Re: American Music Awards - vying for votes

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:51 pm
by benedetto
I think it depends. If the person is doing it as part of their radio personality, then no. But at the same time, I think as a private citizen, people have the right to express their personal opinion. If I'm tweeting as DJFooFromKROQ, then I should stay neutral. But if I'm tweeting as JohnSmith to my own personal friends or followers, then why shouldn't I be allowed to have a favorite? If I'm on my station's blog, then I should stay neutral. But if I'm on my own personal blog, again, I should be able to say whatever I want.

Re: American Music Awards - vying for votes

Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:41 am
by jaqchapman
I agree. As a private citizen vote for whoever you want but you shouldn't play favorites in public. Probably just bad for "business."

Re: American Music Awards - vying for votes

Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:59 am
by lawPro
I saw a station newsletter that headlined with one artist being nominated for an AMA. At the end of the blurb, they mentioned the other two. The one mentioned could arguably be more in line with the station's format but I'm sure one if not both of the other artists are in currents or re-currents. What do you do with that? Is that out of line?