Roberts Broadcasting—the Black-owned company which runs four TV stations and Hip-Hop formatted Hot 97.7/WRBJ-FM—has said banned music with lyrics that it considers to be violent, sexist, and racist.
The decision arrives on the heels of the Don Imus incident when the Talk host was fired by CBS Radio and MSNBC-TV for referring to members of the
“There’s probably a higher incidence of derogatory language in general in Hip-Hop music because it’s a language of the street,” said GM Terrill Weiss. “It reflects life, and their art involves a lot of language that could be deemed objectionable.”
On a related note,
“What we’re doing is holding labels and artists accountable for what they say and how they say it,” said Little. “We’re not saying you can’t make this music – just we won’t play it.” She added that their intention is “to encourage people not to talk this way anymore.”