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March 18, 2003

Albany - Hundreds of country music radio stations are taking the 'Chicks' out of the Mix.

Albany's K-Country 104.5-FM is one station that stopped playing the Dixie Chicks, after the group's leader singer Natalie Maines said she was embarrassed that President Bush was from her home state of Texas.

The comment enraged thousands of fans, and K-Country's owner, Cumulus Broadcasting, the nation's second largest radio operator. Cumulus has now decided to temporarily ban the trio's music at their stations across the country.

"Natalie made that comment while in London. Whether she likes it or not, when she's in another country she's an ambassador for America. The Dixie Chicks should not insult the President especially since we may be just 48 hours away from war. I believe in freedom of speech, but she's definitely paying for her actions," said K-Country Radio Personality Bobby Reed.

Maines gave a written apology for her statement against the President and said that any person who leads our country deserves respect. But, many fans want her to still give an oral, public apology.

Posted at 4:30PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com