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Local radio station won’t play Christmas song

Eau Claire (WQOW)- This holiday season, there’s controversy over Christmas music.

One local radio station is joining the national trend, not playing “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

Converge Radio Station Manager Scott Morfitt said when the song came out in the 40’s it was empowering for women, because she was making her own decisions.

Now with the “Me too” movement, to some, the lyrics sound different like the man in the duet isn’t hearing her say no.

Morfitt said last year they played a local version of the song once, but this year you won’t hear it on his station.

“We work really hard not to play anything that sounds even vaguely homophobic, sexist, misogynist, etc, because people do take it in that context. we are on the side of really not playing it,” Morfitt said.

Other stations in Eau Claire are choosing to keep the song on their playlists.

98.1 is playing Christmas music constantly until after the holiday.

Program Director Luc Anthony said ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ will stay on the air, because the meaning of the song in the 40’s was meant to be playful and even a critical commentary on the norms put upon women in the 40’s.

Anthony said the station hasn’t had complaints.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee joined News 18 in February 2018 as a Multi-Media Journalist.

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