Morgan Wallen

Country Radio Acting Swiftly by Removing Morgan Wallen From Programming After Racial Slur

Morgan Wallen
PHOTO CREDIT: JOHN SHEARER

UPDATE: Moran Wallen’s record label, Big Loud, announced Wednesday it has suspended the artist “indefinitely.”

One of the hottest stars in country music, Morgan Wallen, is feeling backlash this morning as his music has been pulled from Cumulus Media, the second biggest radio chain in the nation, as of midnight CT after being captured on video using a racial slur.

Cumulus sent out a directive to the program directors of all of its 400-plus stations with the header “MORGAN WALLEN — EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.” The message read: “Team, unfortunately country music star Morgan Wallen was captured on video Sunday evening using a racial slur. Effective immediately we request that all of Morgan Wallen’s music be removed from our playlists without exception. More to follow.”

The directive was signed by Brian Philips, EVP of programming for the chain, and John Dimick, the company’s head of programming operations.

Other radio stations around the country are expected to follow suit on the ban on Wallen’s music as his “Dangerous: The Double Album” release is set to have a fourth week at the top of the charts, setting a record for consecutive weeks at No. 1 not seen by a country artist since Garth Brooks in the late ’90s.

Wallen issued a statement Tuesday night after TMZ first reported the incident, saying,

“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.”

The video, posted on TMZ Tuesday night and reportedly recorded by Wallen’s neighbors, shows him yelling profanities after a night out in Nashville, including the N-word.

Since hearing the news this morning iHeartMedia, Cumulus, Entercom, and Beasley have all pulled Morgan Wallen’s music from their stations. Also, CMT just tweeted they they are working on pulling his appearances from all of their platforms as well.

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One Comment

  1. Linda White says:

    To my understanding this was done in a private setting with his friends not out in the public. There has been much worse done than this by other performers with out any consequences. It is absurd that country music has taken these steps. I’m sure if we looked in your closets there would be far worse infractions. I don’t condone the use of the word but this is not your place to be judge & jury

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