Monday, September 05, 2005


CHATTER's chief overt operative, Thom, was listening to Alice, the radio station at 95.5 that's owned by Clear Channel. We mention the corporate connection because Clear Channel became known, post-Sept. 11, 2001, as the sensitive radio chain, all worried about how listeners would react to certain songs.

Clear Channel didn't ban any songs, but it encouraged station programmers to think long and hard before playing such songs as "Burning Down The House" by Talking Heads, "Highway To Hell" by AC/DC and "America" by Neil Diamond.

When there are 3,000 dead people in the rubble of New York City, hearing The Chi-Lites' "Have You Seen Her" might be in bad taste, according to Clear Channel.

But when there could be as many as 10,000 dead people in the rubble of New Orleans, all taste bets are off.

Thom fills us in:
About ten minutes ago I was treated to another of Alice's ridiculous "Tune in to our morning show because we are going to help those poor people in New Orleans" promos which was then followed by the classic Zep tune: "When the Levee Breaks."

I know plenty of dead baby jokes and even I felt that tune was a bit insensitive. Now, draw you're own conclusions about the racial makeup of the victims and audience shares between the two events; tinfoil is optional.
Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good. An e-mail to the program director, however, might be effective.


Anonymous said...

What a dumb thing to worry about. I suppose if any Katrina & the Waves songs are played, that would be bad, too. That's the kind of crap people worry about when there is more important stuff going on. Get the people safe; get them money; get them shelter; get them health care. They honestly don't give a damn what that song on the radio is.

Anonymous said...

Complaining to a program director is like talking to Adam ... it's a waste of time .. you might get his attention however, if you suggest that he add the interminable and excreable "Drove my chevy to the levy and the levy was dry"....

Plus I also had to add the identifier to my blog and wanted to see how it worked ... damn, double damn, spammers. It's what happens when you give a 13 year old a dial-up connection and a bottle of NyQuil.