iHeartMedia, Entercom, Beasley and Alpha have all come out publicly to denounce Morgan Wallen. It’s likely listeners will not hear one of Wallen’s songs on any radio station in America until further notice. It was a swift fall from grace for one of today’s most popluar country artists.
Wallen was caught on video using a racial slur. The video that has Wallen in hot water was recorded by Wallen’s neighbors, showing him yelling profanities after a night out partying in Nashville, including the N-word. TMZ was first to air the video.
Wallen’s record label suspended him as well. SiriusXM also announced no more plays for Wallen.
Wallen issued a statement after the drunken incident on Sunday went public: “I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back. There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better.”
An interesting sidebar. The 2021 Country Radio Seminar is set to begin in ten days. Typically this time of year news stories pop up about the number of female artists being played on country radio stations, intentionally written to try to raise the topic at the Country Radio Seminar, when the music and radio industries occupy Music City together for several days. Then…Morgan Wallen happened. However, the normal hotel lobby chatter will not be taking place, with the 2021 conference being held virtually. It will be interesting to see how the topic is raised during the event.
Here are the statements provided by radio…
iHeartMedia: “In light of Morgan Wallen’s recent actions involving the use of a racial slur, we have made the decision to remove his music and content from our stations effective immediately.”
Entercom: In light of Morgan Wallen’s recent use of a racial slur, we’ve discussed the incident with our Country brand leadership team and together have made the decision to remove Morgan’s music from Entercom’s playlists.
Beasley Media: “We were deeply saddened and disappointed to hear of the recent comment made by Morgan Wallen. Beasley is a company that celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion. We have pulled his music from our seven country stations’ playlists.”
Alpha Media: “Alpha Media has decided to remove all of Morgan Wallen’s music and content from our radio stations and digital destinations, effective immediately. Alpha has zero-tolerance for racial slurs and practices diversity and inclusion in all levels of operations.”
Hubbard “Hubbard Radio is not currently playing Morgan Wallen’s music on any of its stations.”
We also understand that Townsquare is no longer playing Morgan Wallen’s music.
Cumulus Media did not provide a response to our request for a statement.