MISSION, Kan. – After a San Francisco radio station banned a hit song inspired by the Kansas City Royals from its airwaves, one Kansas City radio station is planning on "pumping it up" to make up the difference.
San Francisco radio station, 96.5 KOIT, announced Friday, that in response to listener complaints, they would be banning the popular song “Royals” by Lorde from their airwaves until the 2014 World Series is over. It is noted that the international singer/songwriter got inspiration for the song from a 1985 photo of legendary Royals star George Brett wearing the team’s jersey.
In a press release KOIT’s Kansas City sister station, 99.7 The Point, responded by saying they plan to put the hit song into the radio station’s highest rotation, by playing it on the hour, every hour, from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., on opening night of the World Series , Tuesday, October 21.
“I respect the work of Mr. Brian Figula, 96.5 KOIT Program Director, and his team of broadcast professionals at our sister stations in San Francisco, but we won’t let their anti-Royals spirit ruin this moment,” wrote Tony Lorino, the Program Director of 99.7 The Point. “A few angry San Franciscans who don’t have a song called ‘Giants’ won’t rain on our parade.”
According to the release, the song “Royals” earned Lorde a Grammy for Best Song of the Year at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
Kansas City’s 99.7 The Point is inviting listeners to day-long pep rally events, intended to celebrate the return of the Kansas City Royals to the World Series, on Monday, October 20, at area Hy-Vee stores. There listeners can sign a huge banner which will head to both Kauffman Stadium and AT&T Park (the home of the Giants in San Francisco.)
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[Source: 99.7 The Point]
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