Oklahoma country station won’t play new Beyonce song, hammered for its response

Cancel culture came for a country music station after their response to a listener’s request that they play a new Beyoncé song.

The Destiny’s Child member turned “Single Ladies” solo act surprised fan’s Sunday with another new project featuring a genre swap. While zealous fans eagerly clamored to hear Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s submissions outside her R&B, pop and hip hop norms, the country charts hadn’t quite caught up.

Tuesday, after a fan had sent in their request to the Byng, Oklahoma radio station KYKC to hear “Texas Hold ‘Em,” the response from the owners prompted a fit on social media with a screenshot of the email.

“I requested Texas Hold ‘Em at my local country radio station (KYKC) and after requesting, i received an email from the radio station stating ‘We do not play Beyoncé on KYKC as we are a country music station,” the listener said tagging an anti-Israel fan account.

The song, along with “16 Carriages,” had been part of a surprise announcement from the artist as she previewed the release of her next studio album at the Super Bowl. Despite many having yet to have heard of the song and it’s ready availability to be listened to across the internet, the scorned listener leaned heavily on the everything is racist mentality of modern Marxists and pushed for the station to be inundated with backlash.

“This station needs to be held accountable for their blatant racism and discrimination against Beyoncé…This is absolutely ridiculous and racist. You guys should be ashamed. I grew up listening to your station,” the fan wrote before encouraging others to email the station.

“The refusal to play these songs raises concerns about the station’s stance on artists of color,” said one X user who shared their email to the station. “Whether intentional or not, such actions contribute to a narrative of racial bias within the country community.”

“I trust that you will take the necessary steps to address this concern and uphold the values of diversity and equality,” the message concluded as others sounded off.

Despite the uproar, Roger Harris, the general manager of South Central Oklahoma Radio Enterprises (SCORE) which owned stations that played other genres as well, detailed a ready explanation for the supposed slight against Beyoncé.

“We are a small market station. We’re not in a position to break an artist or help it that much, so it has to chart a little bit higher for us to add it,” he said in a statement. “But we love Beyoncé here. We play her on our [other top 40 and adult hits stations] but we’re not playing her on our country station yet because it just came out.”

“If somebody calls and requests the Rolling Stones on that station, we’re going to say the same thing,” noted Harris who made clear the email was a “standard response” to requests.

Still, within hours of the fuss getting raised on social media, KYKC posted their queue showing the track had made their playlist with the comment, “Lots of call coming in for Beyoncé’s Texas Hold ‘Em. It’s coming up in minutes,” as others sounded off opposed to the bullying tactics.

Kevin Haggerty

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