While the typical curse words are obvious no-nos, the rules are less strict when it comes to sexual innuendoes, said two local radio DJs, HOT 91.3FM's Boy Thunder and Power 98's Jamie Yeo.
The New Paper reports that radio stations run checks to make sure that songs played on-air adhere to the Media Development Authority's guidelines.Expletives are "bleeped out", digitally reversed, or replaced with other sounds to ensure the music track is "clean", though most versions of songs obtained from record labels are already appropriate for radio.
But some songs with suggestive lyrics, such as 98 Degrees' Microphone and Flo Rida's Whistle, have made it on local radio.
Power 98 DJ Jamie Yeo, who co-hosts The Power Breakfast Show with Hubert Tang and Sonja Steinmetz, said regulations for such songs might be more relaxed because guidelines lean more towards protecting children.
“You can take it literally or figuratively and you only get it if you take a closer listen. I don’t think children will catch it so easily,‘ said Yeo, 35.
The guidelines are there for good reason, such as when songs contains obvious expletives such as particular four-letter words.
In these cases, the words are bleeped out, “reversed‘digitally to obscure the actual expletives, or replaced with other sounds to hide the, expletives.According to Media Development Authority’s (MDA) Free-To-Air Radio Programme Code, song lyrics must not promote promiscuity, sexual perversions and violence, among others.
They must also be free of vulgarities and sexually suggestive sounds.