News

Neil Young banned from radio station after controversial comments

Neil Young banned from radio station after controversial comments

Neil Young during a July concert. Photo: Associated Press

Veteran rocker Neil Young has been banned from the airwaves of a local Canadian radio station after he compared the region to the Japanese city of Hiroshima in the aftermath of the 1945 atomic bomb blast.

Fort McMurray radio station Rock 97.9 will no longer play Young’s music after he made the controversial comment about the Alberta area while talking about the controversial Keystone X-L Pipeline project during a news conference in Washington, D.C. this week.

Young is fiercely opposed to plans to transport oil from Fort McMurray all the way down to Texas, and he claims the area has been wrecked by pollution, saying, “The fact is, Fort McMurray looks like Hiroshima. There’s fumes everywhere. You can smell it when you get to town.”

Rock 97.9 host Chris Byrne claims the station has been swamped with complaints about Young’s comments, which prompted bosses to removed the rocker from their playlists.

He says, “Rock listeners are pretty apathetic people. It takes a lot to get their ire up. But based on the number of emails and voice mails that I’ve gotten, I don’t think… a topic… has caused more people to call in or write in than this… To (put) Fort McMurray on the same level as a nuclear bomb, dropped to end a world war – when you get to that extreme, you kind of have to get into specifics.”

The city of Hiroshima was devastated by a nuclear blast in 1945 when American forces dropped the world’s first atomic bomb there in a bid to end World War II.

Around 80,000 residents were killed in the blast, and thousands more later died from radiation poisoning.

Recent Headlines

in Weird

Cops to lady: Ma’am, you dropped your drugs

Fresh
arrest

A woman being cited for public drunkenness accidentally dropped a baggie of crack cocaine on the police station floor.

in Sports

Lions, Eagles, Seahawks have triumphant turkey day

Fresh
lions

Philadelphia and Detroit both served up Thanksgiving Day routs while Seattle boosted their playoff hopes.

in Black Friday, Entertainment

‘Frozen’ tops Barbie as top girls’ holiday pick

Updated
frozen

The results marked the first time in 11 years that Barbie hasn't held the No. 1 spot in the annual toy survey.

in Black Friday, Viral Videos

Black Friday facts that will make you think twice

22-overlay2

Before you wait in line for doorbuster deals, check out these Black Friday facts.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: ‘Friends of the Galaxy’ mashup

Updated
24-overlay2

If "Guardians of the Galaxy" was set to the "Friends" theme.