Bleep That! Why Some Radio Stations Censor A Song When Others Don’t
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Why do some radio stations across the country bleep certain words while others let them go?
Sean Ross, the executive editor of Radio-Info.com says the lack of uniform censorship on the radio has to do with what people are listening to, “I think for the first time in a long time moms and daughters like the same records.”
But they’re listening to those songs on different stations.
“And both of those stations have different needs. One station might want to seem a little bit edgy. The other station might need to be safe for the workplace.”
Ross says there also might be a change of attitude towards a song throughout its radio-play life cycle, like there was for example of the popular Cee Lo Green song with the F-word in the title.
“Over the course of six months, it was exposed on Glee, it became a bigger radio hit and now you hear it on soft rock stations. You obviously hear the version that’s called “Forget You,” and it doesn’t bother people that it was once called something else.”
Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio 1060