Vancouver radio station plays Rage Against the Machine Song for hours

After the firing of two DJs from KiSS 104.9 FM, a contemporary pop and soft rock station in Vancouver, a clean version of Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” played countless hours on repeat.

Yesterday, two of the station’s most prominent DJs and radio hosts, Kevin Lim and Sonia Sidhu, were fired from the company after working there for more than five years. According to the Vancouver suncalled a listener that morning to request another song, but was reportedly ignored by the DJ, who continued to play Rage Against the Machine.

“KiSS is changing and unfortunately we have been informed that we will not be part of this new chapter,” said Lim and Sidhu while recording their latest broadcast yesterday. “It comes with mixed feelings, as you can probably hear.”

After playing “Killing in the Name” non-stop for a whole day, KiSS 104.9 FM seems to have gone off the air. “Thank you for listening to KiSS RADiO in Vancouver & The Valley. This KiSS is saying goodbye, but you can still listen to KiSS radio in Edmonton, Ottawa and Toronto on their websites or on your smart speakers,” a message currently reads on the station’s website.

The ’90s protest song is easily one of the most important songs on Rage Against the Machine. It was the lead single from their 1992 self-titled debut album, but has remained relevant over the years. After a viral campaign, the song reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart in 2009 and won the title of the UK’s all-time favorite Christmas song 1. The X Factors Joe McElderry and the taking down of the Spice Girls ‘2 Become 1’.

Following news of the incident, RATM guitarist Tom Morello retweeted a fan’s theory that the song choice was meant in retaliation for the staff changes.

This looks set to be a busy year for Rage as they will headline the annual Festival D’été de Québec in Québec City in July. Their highly anticipated Public Service Announcement Tour also kicks off next month, along with Run the Jewels.

Following the shocking withdrawal of Roe v. Wade in the United States, the band recently announced via Instagram that they will be donating nearly half a million dollars to reproductive rights organizations from the sale of charity tickets for their upcoming reunion concerts in Wisconsin and Illinois.

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