Tuesday, December 14, 2010

96.5 FM Now Censoring "LeBron" From Jay-Z Song

Posted By on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 9:43 AM


There are George Carlin's seven dirty words, which you'll never hear on terrestrial radio, and there's a host of others that probably won't make the airwaves anytime soon because of decency standards, but how about the word "LeBron"?

In Cleveland, it's a dirty word. Offensive, one might say.

96.5 FM, taking the city's LeBron hate to a new level, has started censoring "LeBron" from Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" song.

Waiting for Next Year reports:

“I was playing the song and realized that the word “LeBron” is as offensive to some people as the ‘Seven Words You Can’t Say On The Radio,’” said [nighttime DJ Joel] Murphy. “Anytime one of those words shows up in a song, we either bleep it, cut it out completely or obscure it by flipping it backwards. So, I suggested to our programming dept that we should treat the name “LeBron” similarly.”

“The reaction has been immediate,” Murphy continued. “Listeners thought it was a brilliant idea. It’s subtle, just enough to get the point across. Obviously, it’s totally tongue-in-cheek. I mean, we still say the name on the air. But, in the context of a hip-hop song, it sounds kinda cool hearing it flipped backwards.”

Nope. It never ends.

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