In last week’s OUSA executive meeting there was an announcement that shocked all except Radio One staff and boomers; Radio One is going to scrub their station of naughty words.
This isn’t necessarily because the word “fuck” is pissing people off, but because it’s stopping colleges and cafes alike from tuning in at all. In fact, it turns out that this was something that the Radio One staff themselves proposed, according to Radio One’s Station Manager Sean Norling and Music Director Erin Broughton.
Up until now the station’s content, by and large, has been “free form” or “unfiltered,” said Sean and Erin. They also said that these changes are only expected to affect weekday programmes between 7am and 7pm, and not necessarily all “genres or appointment listening”.
OUSA, which owns Radio One, did not respond when Critic asked if they had received any complaints over the language used by the hosts or in music on the station.
William Henry Meung, an independent noise musician, told Critic that the changes were “absurd”.
“Is this a reflection of how square the student population is nowadays? They even have cool stuff on national radio. Who's doing this? A bunch of fucking squares?”
Radio One has begun the process of manually plucking out the especially naughty music, but said that once the playlist software has been conditioned to the changes it will be relatively easy to maintain.
Before the crackdown begins, though, tune the fuck in to 91FM for the final weeks of unfiltered content you fucking fuckeroos.