If you’re a country music fan in Cincinnati, you can get your Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Reba or George Strait fix just about anytime – but if you want to hear new Dixie Chicks music, don’t bother to call them. They won’t listen to liberals.
I wrote about this in a column last June as to why the Chicks have been banned from B105. What I didn’t say in the story is that nobody at B105 really wanted to talk to me.
To his credit, Music Director Duke Hamilton did call back but didn’t want to comment all that much. He stated that Marty Thompson, the Program Director, needed to make the official comment.
After several phone calls to Thompson that went unanswered, I went ahead and wrote the story and turned it into my editor at CityBeat, after which Thompson finally called back.
When I told him the story had already gone to press, he seemed a bit panicked. To make a long story short, my editor let me do some last minute changing on the piece with Thompson’s comments thrown in.
That was last June. Today, Thompson still insists that there is no ban on Dixie Chicks music. Oh, but there is.
I call their request line every so often asking them to play “The Long Way Around” by the Chicks. Not on their play list, one guy said. I had another DJ say “Sure, we’ll get it on you.” It never happened. I think they have come to know my voice. One of their people actually hung up on me.
I’ve had some of my friends call too to try and get them to realize that some of us liberals like country music and would like to hear the Dixie Chicks. B105 could care less. Bottom line: You need to be a Bush supporter in order to get B105 to listen to you.
Here’s a live version of “The Long Way Around” by the Chicks. Remember this is live. Yes, they are that good.
(Photo of Dixie Chicks: Mark Seilger)