SAN FRANCISCO, Calif (CBS SF/CBS Local) — After polling thousands of Bay Area radio listeners, San Francisco’s KOIT radio station announced Monday it was returning the controversial ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ holiday song to its daily playlist.
Following a national outcry against the song, KOIT Program Director Brian Figula opted last week to place the song on hold while seeking further listener feedback.
“After hearing from thousands of Bay Area listeners via polling, phone calls, emails and social media, KOIT has concluded that the vast majority consider the song to be a valuable part of their holiday tradition, and they still want to hear it on the radio,” Figula said in a statement on Monday.
Figula said when it came to the vote, it wasn’t even close.
“KOIT’s listeners have spoken, and the overwhelming message is they do want to hear ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ on our station, as they have throughout the years,” he said. “More than seven out of every ten listeners who responded said although some lyrics of the song may reflect a different era and a different sensibility than today, still they love the tradition and history of the song, and want to hear it as part of their holiday season.”
Penned by “Guys and Dolls” writer Frank Loesser in 1944, the Christmas song has been perceived by some as unworthy for the most wonderful time of the year — particularly in the age of #MeToo.
The song’s lyrics describe a woman trying extricate herself from a date and saying “no, no, no,” while a man insists that she stays as he moves in closer, pours her more alcohol, and warns about he weather outside. Critics of the song say the lyrics promote date rape.
When Figula announced his original decision last week, the station received many angry emails and social media posts from people upset with the decision, accusing the station of political correctness.
“They’re upset!” said KOIT radio DJ Freska Griarte who has heard from lots of listeners from phone calls and social media posts.
“They’re like, ‘why are you guys doing this? What is going on? It’s just a song. While for some people, it means something more,” Griarte explained.
Sarah Burns of Brisbane, Australia said she could understand why some folks felt the song advocated date rape.
“Because he’s in a position of power and he’s keeping her indoors,” Burns said. “It can be a bit sketchy nowadays.”
“I could definitely see where it’s a little uncomfortable when you think about the lyrics being said,” said Genevieve Ellison of San Francisco. “But then so are most of the songs on the radio today, right?”
Meanwhile, radio stations in Cleveland and Denver have banned the song for the holiday season.
In Canada, CBC Radio announced Tuesday it would join at least two other broadcasters in the country — Rogers Media and Bell Media — in keeping the song off their holiday playlists.
CBC spokeswoman Nicola Makoway said the broadcaster planned to remove the song at midnight on Tuesday with “no plans to play it going forward.”
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — If you ever wore Hammer pants, raised a Tamagotchi pet, or saw “Titanic” in theaters approximately a half dozen times, you may be a child of the ’90s.
If so, former MTV VJ Downtown Julie Brown has just the concert for you. She’s hosting an “I Love the 90’s” concert at Treasure Island Resort & Casino on March 16.
Headlining the concert will be “Ice Ice Baby” rapper Vanilla Ice, along with Coolio, whose “Gangsta’s Paradise” netted a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.
Also on the setlist are All-4-One, who reached the top of the charts with “I Swear,” and C+C Music Factory, whose dance tracks “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” and “Just a Touch of Love” epitomized the early ’90s pop-house sound.
Tickets will go on sale Friday at noon, at Ticketmaster or the Treasure Island box office. Tickets will cost $69, $49 or $39.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers has put together a council to advise him on criminal justice policy.
Evers announced the make-up of the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Policy Advisory Council on Monday.
The council includes 30 people, including former state Supreme Court justices Louis Butler and Janine Geske; Rick Raemisch, executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections and a former Wisconsin corrections secretary; attorney Dean Strang, who defended convicted murderer Steven Avery; and several circuit court judges.
Evers has said he wants to cut Wisconsin’s prison population in half, end solitary confinement and give ex-convicts more help.
The Miami jinx hit the Patriots once again — and it was one terrific blow. New England was up by five points with time for one more play, and the Dolphins had the ball at their own 31. That was too far away to attempt a Hail Mary, but the Dolphins needed a miracle. Ryan Tannehill hit Kenny Stills with a 14-yard pass, and he lateraled to DeVante Parker. The receiver found Kenyan Drake with another lateral, who ran the last 52 yards for a touchdown through a befuddled New England defense that gave Miami a shocking 34-33 win.
That was just one of the exciting Week 14 finishes. Here are the team grades:
Derrick Henry (Photo Credit: Silas Walker/Getty Images)
Titans 30, Jaguars 9
Tennessee Titans: A-. The Titans are battling inconsistency, but they found the right formula against the Jaguars. It was a simple one, as they gave the ball to running back Derrick Henry, and he got the job done in a big way. Henry rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns, as the Titans rolled to an easy victory.
Jacksonville Jaguars: D. Another awful game for the Jaguars, who saw their defense collapse against a motivated opponent. While not much is expected of the Jaguars on offense, it is somewhat shocking that their defense could get punished so badly by the Tennessee ground game.
Jets 27, Bills 23
New York Jets: B-. The Jets have been finding ways to lose all season, and it seemed that would be the case again in this game. But Elijah McGuire scored the winning touchdown on a fourth-and-1 play with 1:17 remaining, and the visitors stole a game in upstate New York.
Buffalo Bills: D. The Bills are not going anywhere this season, but they lost their chance of finishing with a .500 record in this loss. Josh Allen once again showed off his running skill with 101 yards and a touchdown, but a team that is trying to build something simply cannot lose to a team like the Jets on their home field.
Browns 26, Panthers 20
Cleveland Browns: B+. The Browns are a much better team than they have been, and are developing legitimate confidence. The primary reason for that is the play of their plucky quarterback, rookie Baker Mayfield, who threw for 238 yards and a touchdown.
Carolina Panthers: C-. The Panthers continue to fall apart, as they could not stop the suddenly competitive Cleveland offense. Carolina looked like they were assured of a playoff spot at mid-season but they have lost five games in a row, and Ron Rivera doesn’t know how to keep this team from unraveling.
Green Bay Packers: B+. The coaching change had its desired effect, as the Packers not only won the game but looked quite powerful in the process. Aaron Rodgers did not have huge numbers, but he took what the Atlanta defense gave him, and threw two TD passes.
Atlanta Falcons: D. The Falcons have had their chances this year, but they have fallen on their sword nearly every time. That was not the case in this game, as the Falcons were beaten thoroughly. After Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones with the opening touchdown, Atlanta offered little resistance.
Colts 24, Texans 21
Indianapolis Colts: B+. The Colts showed that the Week 13 6-0 loss to the Jaguars was a fluke. They beat the hottest team in the league, even though they had to go to Houston. Quarterback Andrew Luck is playing with confidence, and he got the best of the Texans’ defense by throwing for 399 yards and two scores.
Houston Texans: C-. The Texans had reeled off nine straight wins, but their streak came to an end. They lost control of the game in the second quarter, when they were outscored 17-0. Deshaun Watson led a decent comeback, but the Texans will have to put this game behind them and try to start a new winning streak in Week 15 against the Jets. Houston still has a two-game lead over the Colts and Titans in the division.
Chiefs 27, Ravens 24
Kansas City Chiefs: A-. Patrick Mahomes seemed to break all the rules, as he threw late and back over the middle, with the hope of connecting on a fourth-down play to wideout Tyreek Hill in the final stages of the fourth quarter. Instead of being intercepted, Hill caught the ball and set the Chiefs up for the tying touchdown. Harrison Butker made up for a late miss by kicking the game-winning 36-yard field goal in overtime.
Baltimore Ravens: B. The Ravens had the game all but won, but they allowed the Chiefs to convert a fourth-down desperation play late in the fourth quarter that led to the tying touchdown. The Ravens had played a near-perfect road game until that point. The loss in overtime hurt that much more when the Pittsburgh Steelers lost later on in the day to the lowly Oakland Raiders.
Kenyon Drake (Photo Credit: Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Dolphins 34, Patriots 33
Miami Dolphins: A. The Dolphins were competitive throughout and basically answered every Patriots thrust with one of their own. Still, they found themselves trailing by five points after giving up a late field goal with 15 seconds remaining. There was no reason to believe that the Dolphins would make any use of the game’s final seconds to come up with their own miracle, but Kenyan Drake took a lateral and ran the final 52 yards to ruin New England’s potential clinching party.
New England Patriots: C-. If not for the last play of the game, the Patriots would have had a solid “B” for performance in this game. However, they were inept and indecisive on a last-second play in which they gave up 61 yards and the game-winning touchdown to the Dolphins. The Patriots have lost five of their last six games in Miami.
Saints 28, Buccaneers 14
New Orleans Saints: B. The Saints are not playing as well as they were during their 10-game winning streak, and it looked like they might lose to the Bucs for the second time this season, based on their first-half performance. However, the Saints found their game in the second half and outscored Tampa Bay 25-0 to earn the victory.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: C+. The Bucs have shown some life in recent weeks. They traded punches with the Saints and looked good in the process, holding the Saints to three first-half points. However, reality came calling in the second half, and the Bucs were unable to function effectively when they had a chance to win the game.
Giants 40, Redskins 16
New York Giants: A-. The Giants smelled blood in the water, with Mark Sanchez starting at quarterback for the beleaguered Redskins. And they took advantage. It was a rare easy triumph for the Giants, who have suddenly won four of five. Saquon Barkley showed off his skill with 170 yards on 14 carries.
Washington Redskins: D. The Redskins were a first-place team just a few weeks ago, but they have fallen dramatically after losing quarterbacks Alex Smith and Colt McCoy. Sanchez was awful and replaced by Josh Johnson, but it was too little and too late.
Philip Rivers (Photo Credit: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Chargers 26, Bengals 21
Los Angeles Chargers: B-. The Chargers pulled an escape act, as they were pushed to the limit by the struggling Bengals. With a huge game coming up Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Chargers were apparently looking ahead. However, they got the win, as Philip Rivers threw for 220 yards and a touchdown.
Cincinnati Bengals: C-. The Bengals were huge 14.5-point underdogs and were not expected to provide much opposition to the razor-sharp Chargers. But the Bengals showed some fight for the first time in weeks. Running back Joe Mixon scored a late touchdown that allowed the Bengals to get within two points, but the two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful
49ers 20, Broncos 14
San Francisco 49ers: B. The Niners have not played many credible games this year after losing Jimmy Garoppolo early in the season. However, the Niners received huge efforts from quarterback Nick Mullens (332 yards, two TDs) and tight end George Kittle (seven catches, 210 yards, one touchdown) to give the 49ers a rare win.
Denver Broncos: C-. The Broncos had an opportunity to build a winning record and put themselves in a better position to contend for wild-card spot. But they were unable to build on their three-game winning streak, as they allowed the struggling Niners to build a 20-0 lead. While the Broncos rallied in the second half, it wasn’t enough, and they suffered a crucial loss.
Lions 17, Cardinals 3
Detroit Lions: B+. The Lions have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the league under first-year head coach Matt Patricia, and their defense has been disappointing. That was not the case against the Cardinals, as the Lions shut down Arizona’s offense, and Darius Slay returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown to give the Lions a two-score lead.
Arizona Cardinals: C-. The Cardinals have had a series of substandard efforts this season, and this was one of them. They were dominated by the Lions, a team in last place in the NFC North, and they could not muster any kind of effort, even at home. Josh Rosen threw for 240 yards and may be a decent quarterback in the future, but he is not there yet.
Amari Cooper (Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Cowboys 29, Eagles 23
Dallas Cowboys: B+. The Cowboys are the hottest team in the NFL, with five straight wins, and they have taken charge in the NFC East, with a 7-5 record. Dak Prescott threw for 455 yards and three touchdowns, and Amari Cooper had a huge game, with 10 receptions for 217 yards and three TDs, including the winner in overtime.
Philadelphia Eagles: C+. The Eagles desperately needed this game, and they mounted a strong fourth-quarter offensive showing to come back and force it into overtime. However, they were done in by a tipped pass that turned into a game-winning touchdown. A playoff spot seems like a long-shot at this point.
Raiders 24, Steelers 21
Oakland Raiders: B+. The Raiders built off a strong Week 13 performance, in which they dropped a 40-33 decision to the Chiefs. Derek Carr keyed the victory, with 322 passing yards and two TD passes, while the Oakland defense kept the Steelers’ offense in check.
Pittsburgh Steelers: D. The Steelers have lost three games in a row. And this loss was particularly galling, as it came against an Oakland team that has rarely played 60 solid minutes. The Steelers had no running game, but wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster caught eight passes for 130 yards and scored twice. Despite the losing streak, the Steelers still lead the AFC North.
Bears 15, Rams 6
Chicago Bears: A-. The Bears showed the NFL that they belong with the best teams in the NFC, as their defense came up with a magnificent effort. Roquan Smith, Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks continue to punish opponents and crush their spirits. The only negative was a disheartening 110-yard, three-interception performance by Mitchell Trubisky.
Los Angeles Rams: D+. The Rams have been an elite team the last two season with a prolific offense. That offense was stopped cold by the Bears Sunday night, as the Chicago defense made Jared Goff look like a struggling rookie. The only thing that head coach Sean McVay can look at positively is the play of his defense.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With holiday spending often comes overspending, sometimes justified by ever-competitive credit card rewards programs. Financial expert Shannon Doyle, from LSS Financial Services, urges consumers be mindful of how they’re going to pay for holiday gifts, to avoid debt.
She says the strategy starts with understanding how much you’re spending.
“We are seeing credit card debt rise, and we’re also seeing savings fall,” said Doyle. “So to me as a financial counselor, when I see those two things happen, I think, ‘Uh oh. People are overspending. They’re spending more than they’re earning.’”
Besides knowing what you spend, Doyle urges consumers pay attention to what they’re using credit cards for, and being mindful that the rewards can change. Companies, however, will usually give its customers notice ahead of significant changes.
The higher stake rewards, especially the bigger travel perks, usually come with two things: minimum spending within the first few months, and higher interest rates. Experts say the best time to sign up for that time of card is right before a large payment, but only if it was money you were going to spend anyways.
Doyle encourages consumers consider closing a card they no longer have use for, if it has an annual fee and is no longer serving its rewards purpose. When it comes to how that affects credit scores, she says, it generally won’t impact users significantly.
“When you think about the credit score pie, it’s like a pie chart and you have two areas of your credit score that are the largest pieces of that pie: paying your bills on time, and your debt to credit ratio,” said Doyle. “So the other piece, closing an account, is a little piece of the pie.”
Experts at Credit Karma urge caution in a few areas. It advises against closing too many accounts at once, as that might look suspicious to creditors, and closing the oldest account on the credit report, as that serves as a marker for credit history.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A tree lighting ceremony is slated to be held this week in honor of Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old girl who’s been missing for nearly two months from her western Wisconsin home, where her parents were found murdered inside.