Volume 95, Issue 12

Thursday, September 20, 2001
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Tragedy kills the radio star?

By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

While many American radio stations have altered programming content in light of recent events in New York, Canadian stations have chosen, for the most part, not to mirror the actions of their neighbours.

"At some point we have to return to normal," said Ken Eastwood, a morning show host at STAR 102.3FM. "Since we're on the other side of the border, it makes a lot of difference. We know what is going on down there, but we are detached."

According to published reports, the American radio broadcasting industry has been fighting an on-going battle over daily playlists. A number of songs have been blacklisted by owners, shareholders and programmers of many radio stations, primarily in New York, who are concerned with the inappropriateness of certain lyrics.

Among those songs are Alanis Morissette's "Ironic," AC/DC's "Safe in New York" and Peter, Paul and Mary's "Leaving on a Jet Plane."

"The public broadcasting system in the States tends to be a free marketplace of ideas," said Michael Nolan, an associate professor with the faculty of information and media studies at Western. "Programmers are usually reluctant to pull back any content, so I think this shows a genuine sensitivity to those who are distraught."

Denis Carmel, a media spokesperson for the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission said it will be up to individual Canadian radio stations to ban songs if they wish, but as of yet, he has not heard of any songs being banned north of the border.

"Some people have complained about the tone of news reports and certain commentaries concerning the accident, but no one has complained about content here," he said.

Western's CHRW 94.7FM, is one of many Canadian stations that have been airing tributes to those touched by the tragedy, while paying particular attention to songs with appropriate lyrics.

Despite this, according to Tom Everett, the station's program manager, no songs have been banned from the airwaves.

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