Is Country Radio Ignoring It’s Left Wing?

“Country music artists are hardly united in their support of the war in Iraq but you’d never know it from listening to the radio. While Toby Keith, Darryl Worley and Charlie Daniels have scored hits with patriotic, war-themed songs, others such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Nanci Griffith released anti-war, or at least questioning, songs that went nowhere.” Part of the problem may be that most of the protest songs are being released by artists with a “classic country” or “alt-country” sound which doesn’t get a lot of play on today’s slick, corporate airwaves. But market researchers say that the most basic reason for the snub is that country programmers know that their listeners would flay them alive if they deviated from the flag-waving.