Top 40 Stations Pull Chris Brown

02.17.09 9 years ago

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After reading my blog about Chris Brown’s statement regarding the early morning of Feb. 8 when he allegedly attacked girlfriend Rihanna, one of my former Billboard colleagues informed me that a smattering of stations have, indeed, yanked Brown’s music off the air.

According to radio trade magazine Radio & Records , WAKS in Cleveland has pulled Brown’s music until further notice. Similarly, two other Top 40 stations, WNOU in Indianapolis and WXKB in Ft. Myers, Fla., have also stopped playing Brown. These stations tell R&R they are following the lead of their listeners, who have told the stations to cool it on Brown.

WNOU program director Tim “Rayne” Rainey told R&R : “We let the listeners [of WNOU] decide if we should continue to play Chris Brown’s music, and 52% of them said we should suspend his music until his legal matter is resolved. Many callers, victims of domestic abuse themselves, felt it was the most appropriate thing to do. We are encouraging our listeners to speak out against domestic violence. Domestic abuse is never the answer. Seeking help and treatment is a practice we encourage.”

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