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Chris Brown: Are Pop Stations Jumping the Gun by Removing His Product?

 width=There are times I don’t understand my own people but in this situation I do. Urban radio not only plays the artists, to a certain extent we adopt them… they become our brothers, sisters, kids, neighbors and friends… We may not understand them or agree with what they do, sh… some of them we don’t even like but we don’t throw them under the bus because they make mistakes. Vanesssa Williams once stated after the entire industry shut the doors on her after the scand al, it was urban radio that backed her up, played her records and gave her another shot…

With all due respect to the pop stations and their decision to drop , many of whom read RFFocus , I think you guys are jumping the . Unlike Mike Phelps, who won a Gold medal, there is no picture and no proof of actually committing any crime and everything is still pretty speculative at this point outside of the fact that Rihanna was attacked.   Besides all the sensationalism even some that we have done here, truth is, none of us know enough. Fook Wrigley’s and their doublemint twins, they can stick that gum up their asses and chew it that way (laugh).   However I do enjoy milk, damn.. I’ve GOT to have that on my cereal (laugh)…

Urban radio is aware that this is the time to rally around both Chris and Rihanna until we know more. After all, while physical abuse is unacceptable, so are the rap sheets of many urban AND pop artists who have been arrested for drunk driving, drugs, convictions and MANY other crimes they got away with.. Right? WRONG.. Sh… we would only be playing 3 records on ALL stations if there were prerequisites for airplay like this. Most important, before we assume the role of the Moral Police and look over the top of our glasses at artists in judgement least we forget the fact that we all have our own secrets too?   While none of us are hypocrytes or hypocritical, I hope, do you REALLY think listeners will tune out because you play Chris Brown?

I’m proud of urban radio stations and the pop stations that understand it’s too early to make a call like that right now.   Finally, how much stupid sh… did we ALL do at 19 years of age?

CEO of RF Focus, Radio and Music Industry Veteran. Radio DJ, Programmer, Musician and Voice Talent. Graduated from Performing Arts in Buffalo, N.Y. and worked at the legendary KKBT (92.3 The Beat) during its nationwide heyday in the early 90s. Also worked for Stevie Wonder at KJLH.