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DJs stir Dixie Chicks row
Dixie Chicks
The Dixie Chicks controversy came after their comments in London

Two radio DJs in the US have been suspended after playing Dixie Chicks songs, after their statio banned the group for its comments about President George W Bush.

DJs Dave Moore and Jeff Singer played two tracks by the country pop group on Colorado station KKCS on Monday, after a discussion over whether to reinstate the group.

Dixie Chicks songs were banned by the station after singer Natalie Maines told a London audience, days before the start of the Iraq war, she was "ashamed" President Bush came from her home state of Texas.

The two DJs said they played the tracks after becoming impatient with arguments over whether they should be reinstated.

The station's manager, Jeff Grant, said the two DJs would be reinstated in a few days.

"I gave them an alternative - stop it now and they'll be on suspension, or they can continue playing them and when they come out of the studio, they won't have a job," he said.


Mr Grant said the station was planning to play the group's music again.

"Most stations are starting to play them again anyhow - a song here, a song there. I just have a problem with the way this was done," he said.

Dixie Chicks recently played their first concert in the US since making their anti-President Bush comments.

Dixie Chicks protester
Demonstrators protested against the group

Their show at the 15,000-capacity Bi-Lo Centre in Greenville, South Carolina last week was met with cheers from the crowd, and a handful of protesters outside.

An anti-Dixie Chicks concert was held at a nearby town, with a radio DJs offering free entry to those presenting a Dixie Chicks concert ticket.

The Dixie Chicks have become one of the most popular country acts in the US in recent years, winning several times at the Country Music Awards.

The group's hits include Wide Open Spaces, Ready to Run and Landslide.

Despite CD burnings and bans from radio playlists, the band have refused to apologise for their comments, saying they were frustrated over the president's stance on Iraq.

They appeared naked on the cover of celebrity magazine Entertainment Weekly, covered in slogans used by their detractors and supporters since the anti-Bush outburst.

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