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Underwood gets "banned" by Canada station

Friday, February 11, 2011 – By Jeffrey B. Remz
Carrie Underwood is paying for her hockey-playing husband leaving Canada for Nashville. A radio station in Ottawa, Canada is banning any Underwood songs from being played because Mike Fisher was traded from the Senators to the Nashville Predators.

The only "problem" is that radio station, 105.3 KISS FM, in Ottawa never played Underwood to begin with.

Radio station Program Director Gayle Zarbatany said the "decision" to ban Underwood was made "when we heard Mike Fisher had been traded."

When asked how often the station played Underwood, Zarbatany said, '"Never...here's the deal, the reaction we're getting is mainly outside of Ottawa because they don't know our radio station. We're a Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Pink station."

"The reaction has been massive, and most people when they find out we don't play her, get the tongue-in-cheek. We never played her because we're not a country station."

While upset Fisher was traded, Zarbatany said, "We (thought we) got to have some fun with this tongue-in-cheek. How can we have some fun with Mike Fisher leaving?"

Zarbatany said Underwood actually was played on the station once about three years ago, although she did not remember the details.

"I never said I'm taking her off the air," she said. "It's our tongue-in-cheek way of saying 'we're going to miss you, Mike'."

"She's taking him away from us. We wish him well," she said.

Zarbatany said the news has gone viral with a Perez Hilton blog picking up on it among others. Some wrote in online comments they would not listen to the radio station.

"Ottawa doesn't have any other professional major sports teams," Zarbatany said. "They are our hearts and lives. People don't know (that) the Senators are having a really tough season."

There is some positive for the ban, according to Zarbatany. "We have a country station (Y101) in our company that plays her all the team," she said.

An Underwood representative could not be reached for comment.

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