Radio station returns ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ to holiday playlist after listeners demand it
A radio station in San Francisco pulled the song, but then returned it to its airwaves after listeners demanded it.
San Francisco’s KOIT radio station announced it was returning the holiday song ”Baby, It’s Cold Outside” to its holiday playlist after listeners responded overwhelmingly in favor of keeping it playing.
“After hearing from thousands of Bay Area listeners via polling, phone calls, emails and social media, KOIT has concluded that the vast majority consider the song to be a valuable part of their holiday tradition, and they still want to hear it on the radio,” KOIT said in a statement on Monday.
“KOIT’s listeners have spoken, and the overwhelming message is they do want to hear ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ on our station, as they have throughout the years,” KOIT Program Director Brian Figula said.
Figula said when it came to the vote, it wasn’t even close, according to CBS San Francisco .
Another station in Cleveland pulled the song last month after saying that it received a call from a listener who voiced concerns that it was inappropriate amid the current #MeToo movement. An online poll on that station’s Facebook page also showed a large number of supporters of the song.
In Canada the song was pulled from three broadcasters in the country — CBC, Rogers Media and Bell Media.
The song written in 1944 is a duet with a woman singing about leaving a man’s home, while the man responding that she should stay and that it’s cold outside.
It won an Academy Award for best original song for the film “Neptune’s Daughter” in 1949. And has been covered numerous times over the years since it was released.
The song has been considered controversial in recent years with an ongoing debate about the appropriateness of the song — some find it creepy, while others think it’s innocent.
Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Frank at 412-380-8511, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @frnkstar.