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| October 23, 2003

After Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines said she was ashamed of President Bush being from their home state of Texas in March, CD-smashing rallies popped up across the country to show support for the president—didn’t the Dixie Chicks know that celebrities are supposed to keep their political views to themselves, like Sean Penn and Eddie Vedder do? Clear Channel radio stations responded by sponsoring pro-Bush rallies, and the hubbub resulted in many stations dropping the Chicks from their playlists. But Bush-bashing has nothing to do with a recent decline in airplay of the Chicks’ “Wide Open Spaces” on competitor Fisher Broadcasting’s stations.

Between just about every inning during the recent Major League Baseball playoffs, an ad aired for Fisher’s Eagle 93, featuring the Chicks, but the promo is one the company produced before Maines lambasted Bush.

“You can’t keep reproducing [promos] all the time,” explains Fisher’s Missoula manager Chad Parrish. “We try to get a year’s use out of them.”

But Parrish adds that the promo “doesn’t necessarily speak to how we feel about the Dixie Chicks”

While Fisher never banned the Chicks’ music, the company hasn’t exactly been saturating the airwaves with them, either.

“I will say that their rotations are not as heavy as they used to be,” says Parrish. “But it has nothing to do with their political points, what it has to do with is their comments recently about not wanting to be involved in country music.”

Earlier this year, Chick Martie Maguire told a German newsmagazine the trio wanted to leave the fickle confines of country music behind for the fertile fields of rock. We can’t imagine why.

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We love the Way to Go Club. Heck, the Indy’s a sponsor of the program. And we love the idea of the Way to Go to the Movies Film Festival featuring The Bicycle Thief, Run Lola Run and Divided Highways. We get the theme—they’re all about transportation, right? But why such limited choices?

Why not add David Lynch’s Lost Highway? Sure it’s all about murder, evil and retribution and carries Lynch’s trademark what-hell-is-going-on feel, but it’s also about transportation (of the soul…). And what about Speed? It teaches those selfish single-car drivers that public transportation is every bit as exciting (and dangerous) as traveling by car. And don’t even get us started on the fabulous mid-’80s Kevin Bacon vehicle Quicksilver.

OK, fine, maybe it’s best the Indy staff not pick all the Way to Go films, but we hope next time they at least consider our suggestions. For more info on the film festival, take a look at the Hot Picks in this week’s Calendar.

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