A Kentucky radio station decided to take the fight to the critics of the 1940s hit song “Baby It’s Cold Outside”
The radio station played the song for two hours straight on a marathon on Sunday.
The Christmas classic was in the headlines this Holiday season when an Ohio radio station removed the classic holiday favorite from it’s lineup in November.
Liberal listeners and critics expressed concerns on the lyrics, reigniting an old debate from across the country.
After the Ohio station WDOK Christmas 102.1 pulled the song off the air, WAKY in Elizabethtown, Kentucky doubled down. They didn’t even consider pulling it. They instead embraced the 1944 song, and decided to run a Marathon of the hit.
“I’m not sure why it’s controversial,” Joe Fredele, director of programming for WAKY, told WLKY. “We’ve played this song for years, you know, this song is older than WAKY is. It’s almost 70 years old.”
Kentuckians were able to listen to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” on WAKY from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday. The station played five different versions of the tune, WLKY reports.
“BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE! We like it and we’re not afraid to play it on WAKY for the next couple of hours!” WAKY posted Sunday morning from their Facebook page.
“Whoever said there’s something wrong with this song, seriously has nothing better to do with their time!” one listener wrote.
“Way to go! Thank you for standing up for the rest of us!” another added.
“Thank you for playing this song! I listen every morning on my way to work, especially LOVE the national anthem you play after the 6am news! Proud retired Army Vet,”
Matt Couch is the founder of America First Media Group, and a Contributor for the D.C. Chronicle. You can follow him on Twitter @RealMattCouch