Playing country women fairly

Well, radio Disney country is off to a great start. They now have a studio in Nashville on music row.

It sounds like they’re going to use voice tracking, where these two women featured in this article are going to record bits that will be replayed at various times during the week. They have made it their purpose in life to make sure that women get “Fair” airplay.

I would not say that I am a huge country music fan. When we moved here to North Carolina in 1970, it was a brand new experience for me to listen to country music on the radio. At the time, that meant what is today called classic country, and the local station also threw in a significant amount of bluegrass.

So I’m going to lob about some possibilities as to why radio stations that play contemporary country music play very little music sung by women

  • a large portion of the audience for country radio music is women, and they don’t want to listen to women
  • the real money in country music is concert tours, and female artists are less likely to want go on tour
  • fans of country music don’t buy their records/downloads
  • typical topics of country music songs sound strange in the context of a woman. How many female truck drivers are there? A woman singing about going to the honky tonk and getting drunk and having sex with a stranger sounds like the woman is a whore. Hello double standard!
  • recent popular new female country artists (Taylor Swift comes to mind) end up crossing over to mainstream, and abandon their fan base because they don’t actually like country music

I fully expect that Disney will embrace country rap and variations like Islamic country music. You would think that Disney would recognize country music fans tend to have children, and would be inclined to go to the Disney parks. They would be more beneficial customers than POC who like to have fist fight brawls on main Street. On the other hand, I think they have enough sense to not give Disney $100 a person to go inside for a chance to buy Mickey mouse ears.

Savannah Keyes is from California. Her persona sends off strong lesbian vibes. She doesn’t seem to have any use for men.

Kalie Short is 25 years old and grew up in Maine. Her debut in country music was a single named “fight like a girl” as part of the suffragette movement within country music. While there is a mention that somebody on Sirius XM played the song, details about how much money it made don’t seem to exist.

I seriously doubt that either of these women know how to ride a horse or have ever spent more than 5 minutes on a farm.
But that’s probably true of everyone who pretends to have a connection to “country” music.

Disney divested itself of all the AM stations it used to own except for KDIS (now KDRC) in California. and they don’t have a presence on FM. The one AM station they still have located near Disneyland in California, has switched over to country music. For a while the old teeny pop Disney radio was being broadcast on some HD sub-channels around the country, but that deal lapsed. For now, the only way you’re going to hear Disney “radio” country is online. By next year, this whole concept will just be a memory unless somebody at Disney comes to their senses.

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1 Response to Playing country women fairly

  1. briand75 says:

    I don’t know for sure, but when I listen to new country, I hear plenty of female artists. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, etc. These are super stars – not one-hit-wonders.

    I tend to believe that the percentages are about the same as regular radio in terms of male air time vs. female air time.

    If these activists think their lobbying will make a difference, more power to them. I don’t think too many folks care.

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