The reverberations of Lifetime's docu-series Surviving R. Kelly are still being felt. Two notable Dallas radio stations—KRNB and K104—have confirmed in segments on-air and local news, that they will never play his music again.
"Up against the background of what we know.... Where there were girls actually locked up in rooms and urinating in buckets and held against their will, even if they were over 18, [Kelly’s music] just has a different meaning now,” said KRNB morning host Claudia Jordan. "I just feel like, in good conscience, we just can’t continue to support this guy. Sadly there are a lot of people out there and what they do in their work—they are talented people—but they have demons. And I feel like as a woman that is an advocate for other women.… We cannot support this man anymore. I’ve been a victim of abuse from a man, and it wasn’t as extreme as this. But reading all the comments, we have to at some point take a stance."
K104 morning host DeDe McGuire agreed: "I'm glad that radio is taking that stance. Radio has always played a major role in the black community... That goes back to the civil rights movement. We have to take care of our own. If the courts won’t take care of [Kelly] in terms of punishing him, then we’ll stop playing his music as punishment."
There have been countless calls for radio stations to stop playing his music. RCA Records, Kelly's current label, have remained silent in the face of intense criticism.