It's been 8 1/2 years since the words were spoken. 

March 10th, 2003, while on stage at a concert in London, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks said the following in reference to the invasion of Iraq 'We don't want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas'. 

The reaction was immediate and overwhelmingly negative, especially from country music fans. 

At KICKS 105, we have not played the Dixie Chicks since that time, but that decision is not because of what they said. 

The decision was made and continues to be made because of what YOU have said. 

Here at KICKS 105, we are not in the habit of making political statements by the songs we do or do not play.  Our music philosophy is pretty simple - just play the songs that the vast majority of our listeners enjoy and want to hear.   As an illustration, in the many years that I've been here at KICKS 105, there have been a number of songs and artists that I thought were super, but through comments and feedback, it was obvious most of our listeners didn't feel the those songs did not get played or were pulled after a few weeks.

What it boils down to is that our station is a music democracy...the will of the people will be played. 

Some have accused me of squelching the principle of Freedom of Speech by not playing the Dixie Chicks....far from it.   The Dixie Chicks definitely have their right to say what they want, however, Country Music listeners also have a right to react and express their approval or disapproval.

Over the past 8 years, KICKS 105 has conducted several surveys to make sure the will of our listeners is in tact when it comes to playing the music of the Dixie Chicks...and it's that time again.

You can leave a comment here or you can go to our Survey section and leave an anonymous vote.