Kentucky radio station WAKY made its stance on “Baby It’s Cold Outside” clear this weekend when it decided to play it on repeat after other stations banned the song.
According to Fox News, other stations reevaluated the song once WDOK Christmas 102.1 took if off the air. WAKY in Elizabethtown, however, decided to embrace the classic.
“I’m not sure why it’s controversial,” said Joe Fredele, director of programming for WAKY. “We’ve played this song for years, you know, this song is older than WAKY is. It’s almost 70 years old.”
WAKY went on to play the song on repeat from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday with five different versions of the tune thrown in to spice things up.
The station promoted its decision on its Facebook page stating, “BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE! We like it and we’re not afraid to play it on WAKY for the next couple of hours!”
“It’s just a fun way of saying, ‘Hey, this is our vote for that song. It’s a fun song. It’s a romantic song, don’t pick on it,’” Fredele said.
He went on to say that he doesn’t think the song should be viewed as problematic or about sexual assault. “This song is not about that. All it is … is a dialogue between a man and a woman, and at the end of the song, you hear them harmonize together, so they’re agreeing basically,” Fredele added.
In Canada, stations owned by Rogers and Bell have opted to pull the song from playlists. The CBC banned the song as well, but has since reversed the decision after listener backlash.