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Idaho Radio Station to Listeners - "Don't Trust."

In Eastern Idaho, good radio is hard to come by.  If you're looking for "The Hits" you're going to find one or two heavily censored stations playing the family-friendliest Top 40 they can find.

If sex, drugs, or any type of shenanigans are involved, expect to be blocked.

For example, Bruno Mars' "Lazy Song" has a lyric of "Met a really nice girl, have some really nice sex."  Most radio stations play the lyric in full.  Some of the more cautious stations will cover up the word 'sex.'  Idaho's #1 Hits Station (pictured to the left) takes out "really nice sex" because they not only want to block the idea of sex from your mind, but also block the fact that sex can be GOOD.

Remember folks, I live in an area where most kids wait until marriage.  Not kicking the tires before you drive the car sometimes leaves you with a lemon, and I wouldn't be surprised if a large number of people here see sex as a 'chore' instead of something designed to, you know, actually FEEL GOOD.

I was prompted to write this post because of their rendition of 3OH!3's "Don't Trust Me."  The lyrics for the chorus go:

"Don't trust a ho / never trust a ho / won't trust a ho cause the ho won't trust me."

The radio's version?

"Don't trust. (music)  Never trust. (music)  Don't trust. (music music)  Trust me."

Wow, subliminal enough for ya???  No wonder so many of the locals are xenophobic...

Word.
Don't get me wrong.  This is a public radio station, and there are influential kids listening to this, because their parents don't mind them listening to Lady Gaga and what she likes to do with a Disco Stick.

By all means.  Take out swear words.  Take out phrases like "sex you up" or "let's get high," but some of their cut-outs are just ridiculous.

Maroon 5 mentioning getting naked?  Cut it out.  People may be born naked, but it's not natural... *cough*

Trying to take a song like "Suga Suga" by Baby Bash, which is half about getting high, and trying to make it family friendly?  Don't even bother.

Playing Rihanna's 'S&M' and taking out all the references to actual S&M leave you with a 3 minute instrumental.  Yet you try.

Best of all, during the weekend they go to syndication and play Ryan Seacrest's Weekly Top 40.  The heavily censored songs are now less-heavily-censored, undermining EVERYTHING they do Monday thru Friday...

Oh well... *turns iPod on*
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Yandie, Goddess of Pickles. said...

I can't even handle top 40 radio anymore for this reason. I think if they *have* to censor, they should just switch to swear words. If someone comes across a song with ideas they don't like, they're welcome to change the station.. or put on their iPod.

Zombie said...

it always makes me laugh when places censor stuff out like that. :P

Lady Estrogen said...

It sounds like way too much effort.

All I can think of is a bunch of stuffed shirt Idahoan pricks (like Kenneth Branagh's role in Pirate Radio) frantically trying to censor every song... and that was based in the 60s!

If you haven't seen it, DO!

Adsila said...

I hate it when they mess with my music. I have my favorite stations here that won't do that, but this is Phoenix and you are in Idaho...LOL! Stick with your iPod.

Jessica Jenkins said...

*Pauses ipod to really concentrate* I feel you. I am so frustrated by the radio's musical censorship. The thing is though, when they bleep certain words it's more titillating I think. I makes the songs dirtier somehow. Sometimes they are making matters worse for themselves. Sending kids to the internet to google song lyrics and then while they are on the internet there's no telling what kind of terrible things they'll discover. Like googling the real lyrics to Rihanna's S&M, and THEN googling S&M... oh dear.

Haven said...

::cringe:: I think, I would go crazy if I lived there. I'm one of the least censored, pro-sex people I know haha. I simply can not imagine what growing up there would be like. Yikes.

Mooner Johnson said...

Brandini. Welcome to Religious World. Religions are by their very definition exclusionist, and exclusionism requires censorship.

You need to escape the land of Mormon before it's too late. Come down here to Texas where you can...

OK, stop the presses. We have the same problem here except it's not the Mormons it's the fucking Baptists.

Anyway, back to YOUR problems.

"Mormon- one little 'm' from the truth!"

Pickleope said...

I'd love to hear what they did to any Salt N Peppa song from the 90's. "Push it" becomes "It" and everyone runs terrified through the street because these ladies are singing about Stephen King's scary clown coming to get them. Maybe a stretch.
Would they even play a Doobie Brothers song? Because you know, I don't think those guys are actually brothers or even have the last name Doobie.
[Nice modern references, me.]

squatlo said...

Nothing new here, Brandon... in fact, this has been the norm for decades. Remember when Marvin Gaye tried to sing "Let's Get it On"? Radio stations around the country blocked it... how scandalous! "Louie Louie" got banned in places 'cause nobody could understand what the singer was saying! Can't decipher it, so it must be something terrible!
One of the nice ladies from the middle school where I used to shoot sports told me she put together a video of the baseball team after one season and put music to the video. One of her choices was a nice, safe song by The Who called "Who Are You?"... it wasn't until the team banquet that she found out Roger Daltry was screaming "Who the f*** are you!" in one lyric. Who knew? she asked...She said everyone in the auditorium turned and glared at her when that lyric was played, loudly, in front of all the parents and players. Wish I'd been there...
Words scare the piss out of people.

D4 said...

Yeah.. Just stick with the ipod. Do yourself that favor. That.. it just.. it pains me.

AllenTesch said...

Don't trust a whore? A woman who has wanton sex with anyone?
You'd think that'd be a message they'd want to get out.

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

I had no idea that Idaho was so conservative.

Lost.in.Idaho said...

@AllenTesch: Cops once asked me why I trusted a known whore with a briefcase filled with money and my first-born son. My response? "Noone told me NOT to trust a whore! You'd think there would be some sort of message on the radio, warning me of these things!"

@Haven: The world needs more people like you. Rock on!

Masshole Mommy said...

Dammmmn - no sex until marriage? LAME. What a bunch of prudes. It's times like this that make me realize how lucky I am to be one of the cool kids from Boston. We're so laid back, we're bangin' in our freshmen year of HS (if not sooner).

Just Keepin' It Real, Folks said...

I remember living in Pennsylvania Dutch country where even Bon Jovi was thought to be the Anti-Christ. Then I took a trip to Detroit and the tamest song I heard was, "It's gettin' hot in here, so let's take off all our clothes". Oh yeah baby, I ripped 'em off and my music choices have never been the same since!!!!

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G said...

It's the one thing I never quite get about the US such a free country in terms of free speech on the one hand and censorship on the other

Thank, Q said...

They shouldn't play the songs at all. They're not appropriate to be played on public radio (unless you want to install a rule that allows it after 9 PM). The things that I hear kids singing because their parents are too stupid to monitor them is shocking. I had a younger cousin (4 yrs old) singing "Half on A Baby" by R. "I Pee Freely" Kelly and my aunt was embarrassed. Well, it was her fault that the kid hear the song enough to memorize it.

Mel said...

that is like watching "pulp fiction" on regular tv. just not right.

Bart said...

down with censorship! its very gay.

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