Radio Station in Alabama Won’t Play Songs by Women Today


How are you participating in International Women’s Day?

Are you participating in a local A Day Without a Woman march? Are you donating money via Tinder to your favorite woman’s health group? Did you flip your company’s logo upside down? Or perhaps you’re a precocious 10-year-old and you wrote a letter to your principle to explain your absence from school on March 8.

Or maybe you’re HOT 107.7, a radio station in Birmingham, Alabama, who decided that they would play songs by men as part of the protest. “It was an easy decision for us,” Operations Manager Ken Johnson said regarding the station’s decision to only songs by men during non-syndication hours. (The station was not specific on whether the change in programming would include songs written by women or only those performed by women.)

In addition to the change in the music line up, host Tasha Simone and Jeannie Johnson, the voice of the station, will not be adding their contributions to the airwaves on Wednesday.

“Women are our core listeners and these women contribute a great deal to our sound. Honoring women by highlighting to the community how important they are is a no-brainer,” Johnson said regarding the stations decision to be a part of the A Day Without a Woman movement.

“Plus, hearing more Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, and Luther Vandross is not a bad thing,” he added.

As long as they don’t forget Jon Secada

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