Radio IListeners listening to a station in Vancouver, Canada, were confused last week as Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” played on repeat for hours.
KiSS Radio 104.9 FM played the rap-metal song for much of the day on Wednesday after popular DJs Kevin Lim and Sonia Sidhu, along with several other staff, were laid off.
“KiSS is changing and unfortunately we have been informed that we will not be part of this new chapter”, Lim and Sidhu said in their last show on Tuesday.
I was so confused when I was driving to work with RATM playing on loop… I was mad that I didn’t get my morning dose of producer Jordan, Sonia and Kevin but I never thought for a second that you were dropped by Kiss!? Hoping to hear you all together on another station?
— Enda Sheil (@endasheil) June 30, 2022
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The fans were not happy and would have began to speculate that the song, which was written to protest abuse of power after the beating of Rodney King in 1991, could be linked to an employee protesting recent layoffs.
What the hell?? Did everyone get let down today? It’s awful everywhere
— B (@speck_2k) June 29, 2022
Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine took note and retweeted a listener’s suggestion that the firings were the reason for the song’s continued play.
The radio station reportedly changed format and the song was used as a way to signal the change.
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In 1992, a Milwaukee radio station played REM’s “It’s the End of the World” for an entire weekend before switching to a rock format.
The Washington Examiner contacted KiSS Radio owner Rogers Sports and Media for comment, but did not receive a response.