Marconi Winner Accused of Airing Satanic Music


One of the most well-known college radio stations in the country is being accused of attacking the Catholic faith and airing satanic music. WSOU in New Jersey is the college radio station at Seton Hall University. The format is rock. The group protesting is called shutdownwsou.

The group held a rally near the station this week and says its movement is growing. The website for the group has an “evidence” page with album art and lyrics from some of the artists played on the station such as Slayer and Black Sabbath.

WSOU won a Marconi in 2016 and was nominated again in 2019.Thestationhasbeenontheairsince1948.

The station has a pop-up box on its website with the following disclaimer: “The programming heard on WSOU does not represent the opinions and beliefs of Seton Hall University or its employees and students. WSOU’s music and talk programming is presented as entertainment and is not intended to promote any specific lifestyle, belief, political affiliation, or other personal practice.”

WSOU issued the following statement to to News 12 New Jersey, “The goal is to ensure that WSOU continues to realize its mission, goals, and long-held operating procedures. Further incorporating and integrating Catholic mission and ministry into WSOU’s wide-ranging and popular programming is always a priority.”

WSOU also airs religious and community programming on the weekend.


  1. You didn’t report this story accurately, the music they are referring to are not from the bands you cited but from other bands I will not give publicity to here by mentioning. Suffice to say some of the lyrics calls for satanic child sacrifices, how to become possesed by satan amongst other horrors too numerous to mention. Freedom of speech does not equate with calling for the murder of children. Everything has its limits in a truly free society.

  2. I could understand if they were protesting songs like “Muskrat Love” by the Captain and Tenille or “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone. But calling rock music the work of the devil? That is so 1950’s ish. I mean, what’s next? Burning pictures of Alan Freed?

  3. Although I personally dislike rock music, may I remind these crusaders that every radio comes with two devices that block objectionable material. One is the ON/OFF switch and the other is the tuning knob. May I suggest that they turn the tuning knob to the right until they reach 105.9. That’s WQXR. There, they will hear some nice classical music.

  4. Anyone ever read the 1st amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Feeble minds at work trying to undermine free speech; religion and party choice are immaterial. Grow up and smell the coffee – or these days, the cannabis!

  5. “Playing the Devil’s Music” has been a rock n’ roll staple for almost 70 years.
    By now, it has become a tired old cliche – but still kinda cute.
    Perhaps this is another example of bible-beaters with little time for matters of consequence and more time for living in a blind fear of sorts while playing the victims – again.

    • What an absolutely clueless and irrelevant comment.

      I suspect that these people are cut out of pretty much the same cloth as those who have been complaining about alleged “Satanic” content in rock music going back to the seventies. And while these cuckoos are bipartisan, I suspect that most of them aren’t Democrats.

    • Reminds me of that episode of “WKRP in Cincinnati” where a group of preachers pressure the station to remove songs with lyrics they find objectionable. They eventually progress to adding songs to their list that Andy Travis complains “we aren’t even playing” and are eventually put in their place by Mr. Carlson when they try to get John Lennon’s “Imagine” banned.

      This is a problem not just for radio, sadly. The ones demanding everything be remade to suit their POV usually have the narrowest of same.


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