Chris 'Brown Ban' Pushes Forward, Sesame Street & Radio '4' Pull SongsWednesday, February 11, 2009
Like other radio stations, South Florida station B103.9 says "We asked listeners what they thought". Overwhelmingly listeners, like those in Cleveland, said "They want Chris brown off the radio".
Lancaster, Pennsylvania radio station FM97 followed suit, however, program Jeff Hurley, who submitted an open letter Wednesday, says he felt compelled to pull the records instead of waiting on fan responses like other stations.
Hurley says, via open letter, "We have always been fans of his music, but in light of his poor choices we felt a need for action."
At press time at least six stations nationwide had yanked the singer's songs including Providence, Rhode Island's Hot 106.3.
Unlike radio directors and some fans, rapper Joe Budden says the song pulling is premature:
"It is unfortunate I don't think anybody has any factual evidence, aside from the people that were involved. I don't know about pulling him from the airwaves".
In related news, popular childrens program "Sesame Street" says it will no longer broadcast Chris Brown's appearance with popular character Elmo.
Brown appeared on "Sesame Street" a few years back, singing the song "See The Signs" with Elmo.
SRC: WPRI Providence, FM 97, KTNV 13, B103.9