NEWS: DJ ON BIRMINGHAM BLACK COMMUNITY RADIO STATION 'NEW STYLE 98.

7 FM' BANS 'GANGSTER RAP' LYRICS FROM SHOW by GRANT GODDARD

www.grantgoddard.co.uk February 2007

G-Man, the weekday breakfast show presenter on Birmingham black community radio station 'New Style 98.7 FM', has banned songs that promote violence from his programmes. He explained: "We have to be mindful about the music we play and how it influences young people and promotes gun violence. If a song has the message that gun-toting is fine, then that song has no public place, as far as I'm concerned. If that kind of music is not getting the airplay, then we are stopping the fuel from going on the fire. That way it gives time to the police so they can do their job. We have to be pro-active with young people and remove this cancer before it can take hold. We can't afford to wait for the next shooting, and we can do that by saying 'no' to any songs that carry gun lyrics. Bullets respect no race or culture. Where they stop is where they stop. This is an issue for the whole city to tackle.” G-Man’s policy to deny airplay to songs promoting violence was applauded by the mother of 18-year-old Charlene Ellis, who was shot dead with her friend Letisha Shakespeare outside a party in Birmingham four years ago. Beverley Thomas said: "A lot of young people do listen to gangster rap and it could be seen as an influence. A lot listen to New Style Radio in this community and the DJ has taken a good stance. Some of the lyrics are horrific and it would be good if other radio stations follow."

[First published in 'The Radio Magazine' as 'New Style DJ Bans Gangsta Rap', #777, 28 February 2007]

Grant Goddard is a media analyst / radio specialist / radio consultant with thirty years of experience in the broadcasting industry, having held senior management and consultancy roles within the commercial media sector in the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. Details at http://www.grantgoddard.co.uk

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