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Jann Arden Cuts Down Calgary's AMP Radio For Halving Songs (TWEETS)

08/08/2014 07:06 EDT | Updated 08/08/2014 07:59 EDT
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TORONTO, ON - JUNE 03: Honoree singer Jann Arden attends Canada's Walk Of Fame Gala sponsored by Chanel at the HummingBird Centre June 3, 2006 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images for Chanel)

Jann Arden sees something very insensitive about a Calgary radio station's move to cut songs in half on weekends.

The Canadian singer/songwriter went on a Twitter tirade Thursday and Friday about AMP Radio's practice of halving songs using a format known as QuickHitz in order to fit more tracks on the air, The Calgary Herald reported.

The move allows the station to play 24 songs in an hour instead of 12.

But AMP Radio's method for squeezing more tracks on to broadcast went over poorly with the artist behind songs such as "Good Mother" and "Could I Be Your Girl."

Arden went as far as to ask the station to not to play her songs — a request that was apparently granted.

Arden isn't alone in abhorring the idea. Great Big Sea member Alan Doyle chimed in with his own, humourous take on the station's new format.

Despite the artists' objections, Steve Jones, VP of programming for Newcap Radio, AMP's parent company Newcap Radio, told CBC News that most listeners have been receptive to the idea.

"But overwhelmingly the listener reaction has been, 'I love hearing this much music,'" he said. "I mean it's really cool you can listen to a radio station for 15 minutes and hear six or seven songs in that short period of time."

This is not the first time AMP Radio has faced controversy over its choices. Last March, the station burned $5,000 in cash as part of a contest. Critics said the money could have been donated to charity.

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