Martina McBride: Eliminating Women from Country Radio a ‘Dangerous’ Statement


Last week, radio consultant Keith Hill made waves when he declared in a Country Aircheck interview that country radio programmers should limit play of female artists.

“If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out,” Hill said. “They’re just not the lettuce in our salad. The lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes of our salad are the females.”

Related: 5 New Female Country Artists to Watch in 2015

As you might predict, Hill’s statements didn’t go over very well with many listeners and artists. Martina McBride was quick to respond last week, and today (June 2) she appeared on CBS This Morning to explain why she feels Hill’s comments are “dangerous” for the industry.

“You have record companies that don’t invest in female artists or sign female artists as much, thinking that they’re not going to get a return on their investment or get played on the radio,” she said. “You have songwriters who aren’t writing songs for females as much, because they ‘don’t get played on the radio.'”

Read more about country music’s “Saladgate” on Radio.com.

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