You’re objecting to what, exactly?

Hugh Hewitt is a pied piper for the right, an aggressive drummer for the Bush Administration, and an arbiter of all that is politically correct from the Republican point of view.  As such, he’s very careful to avoid the stereotypes that liberals associate with the right.  He’s polite. He listens. He is careful never to appear intolerant. He works hard to demonstrate that his viewpoints are “the voice of reason”– not the resentment and paranoia displayed by some other right-wing pundits. He’s good at what he does.

So I was surprised at this item, “The Worst Top 300 List Ever,” about K-Earth’s New Year’s weekend countdown:

K-Earth 101 FM in Los Angeles is a huge station in the market, and plays oldies. Over the long weekend, for a good portion of my wife’s and my long drive north and then back south, we could get the signal and listened, amazed, at the K-Earth “Top 300 Songs of All Time.”

Here are the top 25, in reverse order, in this station’s universe, which is obviously working ahrd (sic) to grab a slice of the urban audience:

With that lead-in, you’d expect to see a list featuring a bunch of rap songs glorifying cop-killers and pimps.  But no, Hewitt took offense to (from the top 25):

25 Tierra Together
24 Wonder, Stevie My Cherie Amour
23 King, Carole It’s Too Late
22 Green, Al I’m Still In Love With You
21 Isley Brothers That Lady
20 Lennon, John Imagine
19 Wells, Mary My Guy
18 Spinners I’ll Be Around
17 Heatwave Always And Forever
16 Morrison, Van Brown Eyed Girl
15 Earth, Wind & Fire September
14 Rolling Stones (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
13 Gaye, Marvin What’s Going On
12 Young-Holt Unlimited Soulful Strut
11 Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody
10 Green, Al Let’s Stay Together
9 Beatles Twist And Shout
8 Gaye, Marvin Let’s Get It On
7 Sledge, Percy When A Man Loves A Woman
6 Santana Black Magic Woman
5 Orbison, Roy Oh Pretty Woman
4 Gaye, Marvin Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)
3 Franklin, Aretha Respect
2 Temptations My Girl
1 Santana Evil Ways

Hugh, I thought you were my age. Maybe during the 60s and early 70s you were too busy sniffing out liberal bias on the all-news stations, but let me tell you: The great thing about AM radio in those days was it was completely integrated!  You could hear soul, then rock, then something a little bit Latin, then pop.  A hit was a hit.  The audience demographic was “young” but otherwise not divided by race or ethnicity. By any standard, these 25 songs are all hits.

Sure, not everyone in LA thinks “Evil Ways” is the greatest song ever. (I’m partial to “Tumbling Dice” myself.)  But presumably K-Earth knows its audience, and nowadays, the LA audience is heavily Latino. Is that what Hugh has a problem with? He’s not clear. But the implication is kind of iffy.

One thought on “You’re objecting to what, exactly?

  1. I agree. The implications are very suspect. This proves to me that there are two different worlds of musical tastes in America. The white musical tastes, and minority musical tastes on the other side. Just because there was no Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen songs on KRTH’s Top 25 doesn’t mean These songs are not deserving. These are songs that have stood test of time, not only in the U.S., but all over the world. Lighten up and enjoy the music.

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