Vancouver’s pop and soft rock station KiSS Radio 104.9 FM has been playing a censored version of “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against The Machine for hours since early Wednesday.
Notably, on Tuesday, the three most popular DJs and radio hosts – Kevin Lim, Sonia Sidhu, and Tara Jean Stevens – at Reach FM were fired following more than five years of service.
The DJ ignored a request from an attendee to play another song and still played Rage Against the Machine, as per The Vancouver Sun.
“KiSS is changing, and, unfortunately, we were informed that we will not be part of this new chapter,” stated Lim and Sidhu during their last broadcast on Tuesday. “It comes with mixed emotions, as you can probably hear.”
A notable protest track from Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled launch, “Killing in the Name,” popularly involves the lyrics “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me.”
When guitarist Tom Morello found out about the incident, he retweeted a fan’s speculation that it might have been because of staff changes.
“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’ on repeat since 6 a.m. (it’s now 9:30). It’s beautiful,” says the tweet.
On the other hand, a few radio stations have used the same tactic for the past few years ahead of making a format changeover.
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