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Patriotic Music Strikes FM Radio Across The Country

American’s are reacting to the successful killing of Osama  Bin Laden in different ways of celebration and reflection across he country.  This was particularly true for all the fine folks that run US radio programming. reported that “New York FM radio shows this morning (May 2) reacted by airing pro-American music and commentary.”  This trend was also followed by media master Ryan Seacrest broadcasting his KIISFM radio show from New York.  Ryan Played a version of Ray Charles’ “America The Beautiful” that featured dropped in clips of President Obama addressing the nation in the 6AM and 8AMThis hours of his nationally syndicated radio show.    This trend was continued by Detroit’s Channel 95.5 WKQIFM, who played “God Bless The USA” Lee Greenwood, and “American Bad Ass From Detroit’s Kid Rock.  Top 40 WHKF 99.3 Kiss FM of Harrisburg, PA deviated from their normal format to play Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA”, and Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American).”

Keith’s country hit was only a taste of what country  radio was doing in a full throttle take overs for key country music stations in the US.  Country WXTU (92.5)/Philadelphia is “playing three patriotic songs an hour all day,” says program director Shelly Easton. “We are running special imaging all day and we suspended all contesting for the day.”
“May is ‘Military May’ for WXTU, so we had already planned to work with Liberty USO all month to collect supplies for troops during all our appearances.”

“We had the president of the USO on with us this morning to discuss last night’s events,” adds Easton. “Deborah Norville and other special guests joined us with their reactions, as well.”

As “listeners are calling in and sharing their thoughts and feelings,” according to Easton, WXTU’s pro-USA programming today has included Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)”; Keith’s “American Soldier”; Daryl Worley’s “Have You Forgotten”; Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Some Gave All”; David Ball’s “Riding With Private Malone”; and, Aaron Tippin’s “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly.”

“We plan to hold an on-air ‘ ‘XTU Supports Our Troops Pep Rally’ tonight from 6 to 7 featuring all patriotic music and thoughts from our listeners,” says Easton. “We hope to provide a platform to share this historic event with our community and show our support of our military and military families in the Delaware Valley.

“We are taking this opportunity to salute our brave servicemen and women for their continued sacrifice and service to our nation.”

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