KiSS FM plays Rage Against the Machine repeatedly. Why?

The one-song playlist comes a day after presenters Kevin Lim, Sonia Sidhu and Tara Jean Stevens announced their departure from the radio station

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Vancouver radio station KiSS Radio gave listeners déjà vu on Wednesday by repeating a Rage Against the Machine song.

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The 104.9 FM station, owned by Rogers Sports and Media, started playing the rap metal song Killing in the Name in the morning and hadn’t stopped by early afternoon.

When a listener called with a request for another song, a DJ ignored it and stuck with the one-song playlist.

This comes a day after popular morning hosts Kevin Lim and Sonia Sidhu announced their departure from the station after more than five years. Afternoon host Tara Jean Stevens also said she will be heading to another opportunity soon.

“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 latest broadcast and in a social media post on Tuesday.

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They expressed their thanks to the listeners and their management team at the station.

Wednesday morning, some people speculated whether the choice of music — an abuse of power protest song released in 1992, a year after Rodney King was beaten up by police officers in Los Angeles — came from rogue employees who made a statement.

Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello retweeted a local fan’s suggestion that it may have been related to the staff changes.

But it can also be a stunt to signal a shift in format.

Sources suggested that in addition to the DJs who announced their departure from the station on Tuesday, a number of other employees have been fired. New hires were also spotted around the control room in Vancouver’s Ash Street offices.

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The station is also unlikely to be run by rogue employees, as modern radio stations can be operated remotely from the company’s headquarters, such as in early 2021, when Bell Media executives in Toronto took control of the operation of the TSN 1040. shortly before announcing the station’s staff in Vancouver were laid off.

Conversations in the local radio industry also suggested that the station be rebranded as Sonic, similar to Rogers’s FM station in Edmonton, which plays a modern rock format.

In 1992, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin station played REM’s It’s the End of the World for an entire weekend as a harbinger of the station’s switch to a hard rock format.

Postmedia contacted Rogers Sports and Media regarding the future of the station and the choice of track on the loop.

In an emailed response, a spokeswoman revealed some details, saying only that “we will have more details to share with you tomorrow morning about plans for 104.9 FM in Vancouver.”

with files from Patrick Johnston

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