Lake Havasu City’s KNTR radio station has dropped “Floydian Slip” from its programming after remarks by the Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters last week.
Floydian Slip is a syndicated radio program featuring the music of Pink Floyd, and aired Sundays at 7 p.m. on KNTR. The conservative radio station, owned by Havasu resident Steve Greeley, pulled the show from its schedule this weekend.
Waters, who is known for his candid statements on the topic of social injustice, posted a statement to Facebook last Wednesday in which he called upon performers at the Super Bowl’s halftime show to “stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.” Waters requested that this weekend’s performers kneel on stage as a show of protest against racism.
According to Greeley, Waters’ declaration was another brick in a divisive wall for his audience, and one that his station could do without.
“When we heard (Waters) encouraged performers to take a knee, it felt like he was instigating something we thought was inappropriate,” Greeley said. “The Kaepernick thing was over … but this was just going to get that divisiveness brought up again. We decided it would be better to just not run the show anymore.”
Greeley made it clear that Waters’ request to performers at the Super Bowl was for them to kneel during the game’s half time show, and not during the National Anthem. Even so, KNTR General Manager Traceye Jones viewed Waters’ statement as offensive.
“KNTR News Talk 106.3 FM is a conservative radio station operated by a conservative owner,” Jones said in a public statement following the show’s cancellation. “If (Waters) chooses to use his fame to disrespect our nation then KNTR News Talk will use our freedom to not air his music.”