Monday, February 12, 2007

Dixie Chicks rule!

The Rascal stopped listening to Rockford country-music station WXXQ a few years ago when its parent company, Cumulus Broadcasting, banned the playing of recordings by the Dixie Chicks in a gesture of patriotism.

The suits at Cumulus wanted to ingratiate themselves with those loyal Americans who had taken umbrage at Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines' dissing of George W. Bush over his misadventure in Iraq.

The Chicks were similarly shunned by other radio chains and by yahoos across the fruited plain, as good and decent folks repaired to the politically jingoistic lyrics of Toby Keith's music to make themselves feel goosebumpy.

But at Sunday night's Grammy Awards, the Dixie Chicks walked away with five trophies and Toby Keith with none.

Which got The Rascal to wondering if the Cumulus boycott of the Chicks was still in effect. Apparently, it isn't. There was a photo of the ladies on the WXXQ web site this morning.

Cumulus prefers to go with the flow.

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