from: Watchfull Eye

San Antonio radio listeners won't hear Dixie Chicks songs on at least three local stations through the weekend after singer Natalie Maines made negative remarks in England about President Bush and his stance on war with Iraq. Cox-owned stations KCYY-FM, KKYX-AM and KSMG-FM have pulled all songs by the Texas trio, including the mega-hit "Landslide," and plan to keep them off until next week, "when we'll re-evaluate the situation," said Ben Reed, regional vice president for Cox radio.

Clear Channel's KAJA-FM also pulled the Chicks' music Thursday and kept it off through 3:30 p.m. Friday; Keith Montgomery, afternoon disc jockey and program director, said the boycott was to make a statement both by listeners and the radio station.

All this came after Maines addressed a London audience earlier this week, saying: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."

That infuriated country fans here and elsewhere. Angry calls flooded stations in San Antonio and across the nation. Many asked for a boycott of the Chicks' music, and radio stations obliged.

Maines apologized Friday.

"As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful," the singer said in a statement. "I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect."

In San Antonio, Reed said the station pulled the group's music Friday and decided to keep it off local playlists for country music stations KCYY and KKYX at least through the weekend. It also won't be heard on pop station KSMG, which had been playing "Landslide" on a frequent basis.

"Here in Texas and in Military City, U.S.A., people are especially vocal about (it)," Reed said.

A statement released by the Dixie Chicks on Thursday said they had been overseas for weeks and the anti-American sentiment they heard was "astounding."

KAJA on Friday to invite Maines and the rest of the band to "send a loud and clear message of support to our soldiers" by performing a free show for them. The station also asked for listeners to go to the KAJA Web site (www.kj97.com) and sign a petition to the band.

KAJA said it had resumed playing the band's music Friday.

In Jourdanton, KBUC-FM's owner hadn't made a decision on whether the station would ban the Chicks' music. Though morning personality Roy Holley defended their right of free speech, he also said: "I think they've gone to the top, made too much money, and they're going to be surprised to see the backlash that's going to happen to their record sales."

Natilie Maines is one stupid bitch...i know her dad and have recorded with him in lubbock several times.im asshamed that this womans from Texas...she gave us up to a crowd of stinking limies.Shes on my shit list now.



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