A Vancouver pop and soft rock radio station has been playing Rage Against The Machine‘s ‘Killing In The Name’ on repeat following the departure of three DJs.
At the time of writing, KiSS Radio 104.9 FM is still broadcasting the censored version of the band’s incendiary 1992 track, which reached the UK Number One spot in Christmas 2009, on a loop.
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As the Vancouver Sun reports, the RATM protest began yesterday morning (June 29) a day after the popular morning hosts Kevin Lim and Sonia Sidhu announced their departure from KiSS Radio 104.9 FM after more than five years on the air. Afternoon host Tara Jean Stevens has also said that she will be moving on soon.
“KiSS is changing and, unfortunately, we were informed that we will not be part of this new chapter,” said Lim and Sidhu during their final broadcast yesterday. “It comes with mixed emotions, as you can probably hear.”
(WATCH) For everyone asking, here's our final goodbye announcement on KiSS RADiO where we explain what happened and what's next for us.
— Sonia Sidhu (@Sonia_Sidhu) June 29, 2022
A special announcement! I’ve officially enjoyed my last show on KiSS RADiO. I can’t wait to share the news of my exciting, new opportunity in the coming weeks. ❤️📻 pic.twitter.com/Zm7mLTmha1
— Tara Jean Stevens (@TaraJeanOnline) June 28, 2022
The Vancouver Sun added that when a listener called in to request a different song, a DJ ignored it and continued to play Rage Against The Machine.
Responding to the stunt, Rage guitarist Tom Morello retweeted a message from one fan who wrote: “A pop radio station in Vancouver laid off all of their staff yesterday. Whoever is on the controls this morning has been playing Killing In The Name Of on repeat since 6am (it’s now 9:30). @KevinLimOnAir @Sonia_Sidhu.
A spokesperson for Rogers Sports and Media, which owns the station, told the Vancouver Sun that “we will have more details to share with you tomorrow morning on the plans for 104.9 FM in Vancouver”.
Rage Against The Machine will play a trio of UK dates in August, including a gig at the Royal Highland Showgrounds in Edinburgh.