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 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

Top Content On CBSPhilly

More from Hadas Kuznits

One Comment

  1. Guess Who says:

    There wouldn’t need to be censorship if the bur rheads would control their potty mouths. However, their beanie boy masters just love pushing the envelope.

  2. bottomline says:

    It’s censorship, but at least some do add the beep to let you know they’re doing it, but what about the rest of a programs’ content?

  3. Amazed says:

    It’s absurd that anyone would even be offended by language. They’re just words. Get over it. There’s absolutely no difference between “poop” and the “S word” (and I only wrote “S word” because this website may have censored this post). Keep letting the government censor your language and see what comes next. You don’t like what someone on the radio is saying? Turn it off or change the channel. “But my child could hear it!” Then be a better parent and take more of an interest in what your kids are listening to or watching.

  4. Carolyn says:

    In my opinion, if commentaries or words to a song need to be edited, so that they’re not broadcasted over live national television or radio, then they shouldn’t be aired to begin with!!!

  5. stan says:

    How about when that network censored out “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.They should have censored out the part “Liberty and Justice for all”because it is a hippocracy.

    1. Guesty McGuesterson says:

      How about that time that we lived in a Hippocracy, where aristocratic Hippos ruled over us all?

Comments are closed.

More From CBS Philly

Getaway Guide: Best Of The Jersey Cape Clams

Watch & Listen LIVE