Martina McBride On Eliminating Women From Country Radio Controversy

(Radio.com) 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."

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 on Tuesday (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.'"

Comments like Hill's, then, become a "self-fulfilling prophecy." McBride then continued discussion of the issue on social media. "I feel like whether or not a song gets airplay should be based on how good the SONG is…not whether or not it's sung by a male or female," she wrote in a Facebook post. "It's kind of like comparing tall artists to short artists, blondes to brunettes, bald guys to guys with hair….what does it matter?" Read more here.

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