Types of radio edit strategies for censoring musical works

A basic strategy of censorship or musical content regulation adopted by radio stations is radio edit. Radio edit refers to in-house modification of a song by radio stations to make the song suitable for airplay. The modified version is called radio edit. Radio stations adopt certain in-house strategies in censoring musical works which have offensive contents while a song is being played or before the song goes on air.

Among these strategies are;

Blanking (silencing the volume of a song where an offensive word or phrase is mentioned);

Bleeping (using a “beep” sound to replace an offensive part of a song);

Resampling (using a portion of a song that sounds similar to an offensive part to replace the offensive word or phrase);

Resinging (using a more appropriate word or phrase in place of the offensive one);

Backmasking (reversing the audio or vocal track of an offensive word or the offensive portion of a song);

Repeating (the word that preceded the offensive word could be repeated to prevent the audience from hearing the offensive word);

Skipping (this has to with deleting the offensive word from the song without leaving a tune gap for the listeners to notice a time delay);

Disc scratching (the offensive word or phrase is scratched, made to sound like another word or made faster or slower);

Robovoicing (using a robotic voice effect to make an offensive word difficult to understand), distorting (distorting the sound of an offensive word by bringing down the pitch).

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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