Wisconsin radio station edits Top 25 song referencing Minnesota Vikings
By Adam Carlson
A radio station in Wisconsin couldn’t stand playing a hit song with a reference to the Minnesota Vikings, so they edited the team name out.
By now, most listeners of popular music have heard the song “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo. The song is in regular rotation on radio stations and the Minnesota born vocalist even made a reference to the Minnesota Vikings in the tune.
The song is reaching a worldwide audience these days. At the time of this posting, the song is sitting at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was all the way up in the #2 spot on that list in previous weeks.
In the song, Lizzo discusses a “…new man on the Minnesota Vikings.” However, no details are given past that in order to identify who the individual is or if this is a broad statement about dating someone of that status.
The song is getting a lot of airplay, but there is one radio station editing out the song and eliminating any reference to the purple and gold football team. According to All Access Music Group, 101 FM in Wisconsin going by WIXX defends making changes to the song.
"“We knew playing a song with multiple references to the MINNESOTA VIKINGS was not going to work on WIXX. Making the edits really makes sense for our audience. I’m pretty sure no radio station in MINNEAPOLIS would play a song that references the GREEN BAY PACKERS multiple times,” music director Otis Day explained to All Access Music."
Of course, the decision to alter one of the most popular songs in the country right now at the risk of mentioning the name of a rival team is a bold one. However, it should also be noted that the radio station making the edits is home of the Packers Radio Network.
Y94 in Fargo-Moorhead discussed the radio station’s edits on-air recently, and you can hear that discussion HERE along with the edited version of the chorus played by WIXX. And their opinion is much more…extreme…than mine.
Whether or not a radio station in Minneapolis would play a song talking about the Green Bay Packers has yet to be seen, but there is a small amount of happiness that comes to fans of the Minnesota Vikings knowing that the mere mentioning of the team name causes this kind of response from the green and gold.
And it has to be wondered what Lizzo herself thinks of this editing…