Wildwood mayor: Kate Smith's ‘God Bless America’ will continue to play on boardwalk

Ian Bush
April 22, 2019 - 5:36 pm
Where the statue of the late singer Kate Smith once stood at the Sports Complex in South Philadelphia there is now an empty spot with three flowers.

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WILDWOOD, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- Her statue was torn down at the sports complex. The Flyers won't play her rendition of 'God Bless America.'

However, there is one public place you'll still be able to hear Kate Smith perform that song: on the boardwalk in Wildwood every morning.

Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. was on Dom Giordano's show on our sister station Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.

"We understand history. But the world has gotten so politically correct, and so afraid that they're going to offend somebody,” he said. “Well, you know what -- the song is greater than anything, so it'll continue to play in Wildwood."

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The mayor says it's a matter of learning from your mistakes and moving forward -- a reference to the controversy over the racist lyrics used by the late singer in the 1930s.

The daily playing of Smith's 'God Bless America,' along with the national anthem, has long been a summertime tradition in Wildwood.

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