Truth in charting
In an email that made the rounds late last week, the station manager at WSTS in Fairmont, NC, just says no to the SN chart:
In order to be God honoring and Christ exalting in the music we play, we are electing to remove ourself as a Singing news reporting station. This has nothing to do with the Singing News necessarily. I have to stand before God and give an account of my entire life. I have not been honest in my charting, ever. It has been more based on who I like or the people I know. Most of the time just to help an artist or someone I consider a friend has soley been my motive. So the best way I know to be completely honest is to not be involved. If there is one of the reporting stations that is completely honest and not showed favor, I would be shocked. I don’t personally think there is a way to be completely honest in any charting system. When it is all said and done, who does the chart glorify, it glorifies sinful man and not God. We all know God on judgement day, will not care about the chart or who had number one songs.
I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but the open letter appeared in this a.m.’s ShowPrep as “SG NEWS” just under a banner ad announcing Mike and Kelly Bowling’s “Notified” as “radio’s most requested song.” I have no idea if there’s a connection between the letter and the ad, but the juxtaposition was illuminating, even if coincidentally. The ad concludes with the following:
“This is their next #1″ Ellis Manley (KJIC,
“Wow.. The hottest song on the west coast! ..#1, #1″ Duane Meadows (KERI,
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO BE A PART OF THIS RECORD BREAKING SINGLE VISIT WWW.RICKHENDRIX.COM OR CALL 615-662-4848
If I were a betting man, I’d wager that “Notified” will debut super high on the chart … say, the top 20?
Later: FWIW, David Bruce Murray takes issue with the email thusly:
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If you’ve been lying when you report airplay data to a chart and you want to come clean, that’s fantastic. Honesty should always be appreciated, but it really isn’t necessary to trash everyone else in the process.