Fort Myers "Media Matters" columnist Chris Wadsworth asked a few South Florida programmers a question he says he already knew the answer to and was not surprised by the answers:
They're not on our playlist at all. They're just deadly right now," said Randy Marsh, who oversees programming for U.S. 98.5. "I think you'll find that at nearly every country station in the country. Fans are just turned off by the Dixie Chicks and their political commentary."
We don't really have an official policy," said Mark Wilson, program director at Cat Country 100. "We basically play the songs that test well and unfortunately, their songs just don't test
"We didn't really ban them per se, but like most of the other country stations, the hate scores on the music they put out has come out so high that it makes it impossible to play them," said Mark Phillips, programming head at Gator Country 101.9. "They had a bunch of great songs that tested power gold — that's our top oldies category — and when you take out all those songs at once, it leaves a giant vacuum in your music library."
I do know whether to pity or admire their steadfastness and can't help but wonder how long the group can stay together in the midst of this intense scrutiny and pressure, while literally gro$$ing about half what they once did.