"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", said the station's program director Brian Figula.
That said, at Y105 - Rochester's Christmas Station - Rabe says he has not gotten any complaints and will continue playing the song. Other stations across the country have also banned the song.
"Appreciating not everyone interprets lyrics the same way, listeners may wish to skip the song as we understand not everyone will agree with this decision", he says.
A Cleveland radio station, WDOK, recently banned the song, too, and a Denver radio station, KOSI 101, reversed a ban on it after an outcry from listeners. "YES! You are so right, I'm having one of those George constanta realizing-the-joke-on-the-way-home moments". Is it punch, is it vodka?' It's nice, it just breaks my heart that people are turning that around ... "You know, 'this drink is going straight to my head so what's in this drink?' Back then it didn't mean you drugged me".
"Song lyrics are always open to interpretation, and we fully acknowledge there are two camps to this issue", said CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson in a statement.
Some comments posted later on the team's Facebook site questioned why the Rush would get involved with renewed scrutiny of what some people have said are the song's inappropriate lyrics in light of the #MeToo movement.
The daughters of both the composer and Dean Martin, who sang the song regularly, both said they were shocked at the negative sentiments; the song is certainly not about drugging women to have sex with them, according to media reports.
Several major US media outlets pulled the song, while here in Canada, the CBC Radio, Rogers Media, and Bell Media have taken the Christmas favourite out of their rotations.
"She flirtatiously threatens to leave, while accepting excuses to stay", said CBC columnist Jessica Goddard.
As Ms. Loesser told NBC, "Bill Cosby ruined it for everyone".