MADISON, Wis. – A Madison radio station has taken a controversial seasonal song from its waves, a station leader said.
Fletcher Keyes, director of the Midwest's family broadcasting program, said he withdrew all versions of Hank's AM 1550 and 97.7 FM's "Baby It's Cold Outside" on Monday.
"It's describing a scenario that would not be good today, so we did not feel we needed to have it," Keyes said. "We did not want to feel like we were okay with that kind of relationship situation."
Hank moved from his regular schedule of classic country songs to country Christmas music on November 22. end-of-year songs – minus the duet debated – will be played on Christmas Day.
Keyes said there were no complaints about "Baby It's Cold Outside" for the broadcaster, but that the tone of the song in 2018 is different from when it was originally written in the 1940s.
"I think especially for a song that has existed for as long as it has been, the review was important and timely," said Keyes.
He said he pulled the song after reading about another station that did the same.
A Cleveland radio station playing Christmas music recently took the music because it was not appropriate in the era of the #MeToo movement, which focused on raising awareness about sexual harassment and sexual assault. An Ohio station also took the airwaves this week.
Mid-West Family Broadcasting owns and manages dozens of radio stations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Missouri, including eight in Madison.
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