Brittany Thompson has worked in radio for over 10 years and been a fan of country music her whole life, but thinks they’ve been fundamentally broken for a long time.
And it only took a few seconds to fix them.
“I spoke to a couple other program directors,” Thompson said from the back office of her station, “and really it was just a matter of coming in, and just a few simple clicks of the keyboard.”
Those few clicks changed the lineup at her country radio station in Kingston, Ont., and were part of a pledge that ran through the week, starting on Jan. 20.
Pure Country 99, where Thompson is program director, would play an equal number of women and men from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, revising a pattern that goes back years.