YMCA Song Won't Change Despite Y's Name Change

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/128482581/128482583" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Transcript

The YMCA is now known officially as just "the Y." The Chicago-based U.S. nonprofit announced Monday that it is changing both its logo and name to "the Y," marking its first branding change in 43 years.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YMCA")

VILLAGE PEOPLE: It's fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A. It's fun to stay at the YMCA.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

The announcement that the Young Man's Christian Association is shortening its acronym still further from YMCA to the younger, more Tweetable, The Y. It could be a great loss to song fests at weddings, baseball games and bar mitzvahs. The Village People say they are deeply dismayed by the organization's change, and, quote, "Still can't help but wonder why."

It's MORNING EDITION.

Copyright © 2010 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.