Auburn's KAHI to keep playing banned song

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” taken off air in Ohio, Colorado
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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It’s a 1944 Christmas chestnut that’s a staple on radio stations during the holiday season.

In some circles, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is past its shelf life and no longer passes the sniff test in the current #MeToo climate.

In others, the song is harmless fun and a welcome part of the holiday soundtrack.

In Auburn, KAHI will be continuing to play the tune.

Citing listener complaints about what could be perceived as insensitive lyrics, stations in Ohio and Colorado have banned “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from their Christmas rotations, eliciting debate over what is appropriate for the airwaves.

For Auburn’s KAHI, which is switching on a full slate Christmas songs this weekend from noon to midnight and will continue the Saturday and Sunday broadcasts through the season, the choice of which songs to play is made locally and station general manager Jerry Henry said that “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” will continue to be aired.

“Everybody can find something to be offended by these days,” Henry said. “I’ve heard that some people are now protesting ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.’”

The station, which broadcasts at 950 AM dial and 104.5 FM, has a database of Christmas songs and its choices include several versions of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

Henry said the station has fielded no complaints about the song.

“We’ve had no complaints whatsoever,” Henry said.   

The lyrics, sung as a duet, pit a persistent male against a female visitor, who is fending off his entreaties to stay, with lines like “I really can’t stay,” “The answer is no” and “Say, what’s in this drink?”

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Dissecting the lyrics

For a closer look at the lyrics to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” listen to the “I’ve Got News For You” KAHI podcast at: