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Radio Edit: Censoring The Competition

In Music on July 26, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Whoa! Have you heard the new song “Boom Boom Pow” by the Black Eyed Peas? It is a pretty catchy dance/pop song this year. Wait… I have a question though. Have you noticed what I have noticed? No? You must have heard the song on terrestrial radio then. You might not have noticed what I noticed unless you have the album or you are a Sirius XM Satellite Radio subscriber. Many of the radio stations nationwide have decided to censor “satellite” from the following lyrics:

… here we go, here we go / satellite radio / ya’ll getting hit with (boom boom) / beats so big I’m steppin’ on leprechauns …

That is right! They censored the word “satellite”. That is pathetic. I have to be honest… this legitimately blows my mind. Radio stations have decided to bleep out the word “satellite” due to the fact that satellite radio is competition. They have treated the word like a curse word. Would you bolt to your closest Best Buy and purchase yourself a plug-and-play satellite radio due to one word in a song? It is not an advertisement, it is a song for crying out loud.

On the other hand, I slightly understand that it would be bad marketing to “advertise” a competitors service by allowing the word to be played but it just seems immature in my book. Now, I have to admit that I am a loyal Sirius XM Satellite Radio subscriber and love it for many reasons including no censorship and no advertisements during music but I am paying for the service. If satellite radio was not that great, I would just listen to the free alternative… terrestrial radio.

However, I need to know something. Is terrestrial radio starting to struggle enough as a “free” means of music to prevent competition to be named in a song being played on their station? I think this is just a ridiculous move by terrestrial radio. In my opinion, this creates more of a reason to become a satellite radio subscriber.

I just needed to get this off my chest here, as The Corporate Tree is more business related. Ummm… I don’t know if I crossed this line like the Black Eyed Peas… are the three words The Corporate Tree going to get censored from this post? What do you think of this type of censorship? Please leave comments and express your opinions. Until next time…

Well… here we go, here we go… satellite radio…

Censored Sirius

  1. that is completely ridiculous! sad to say but radio is dying faster than print journalism! my family has sirius and my parents listen to howard stern obsessively. – angela

  2. Interesting. Yeah it seems these days like everyone is trying to go out of thier way to stay on top, even if it means needlessly defaming and watering down works of art to either inject an advertisment or in this case to take out a reference.

    That is the problem with media consolidation. Media has always had a major element of profit to it, but it seems that element is enveloping the attention and energy of executives and to some degree even musicians more and more.

  3. Alex, true statement on how everyone does what they have to do to stay on top. I just shake my head at the fact that a free service has to remove the “satellite” radio reference which is a $12.99 per month service. There is a big gap between the services when it comes to cost. There are so many people who can never see themselves paying for radio and terrestrial radio has many people on their side regarding that discussion: to pay or not to pay for radio?

    For me… I will continue paying for my radio. I enjoy my 20 minute rides without commercials. When I listen to terrestrial radio at the “right” time, I am lucky I might get 2 songs in. I forgot… I can listen to what I want when I want… 40’s music… here I come.

  4. […] myself, but allegedly regular “terrestrial” radio stations are (or were) actively censoring the word “satellite” from the phrase “satellite radio” mentioned i…. Has anyone heard this ‘IRL’ who can verify that this non-swear-word censorship is […]

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