San Francisco Radio Stations Ban Lorde's 'Royals' For Duration Of World Series With Kansas City
October 20, 2014 at 10:20 AM (PT)
With the SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS set to play the KANSAS CITY ROYALS in the WORLD SERIES starting TUESDAY, some BAY AREA radio stations are banning LORDE's 'Royals" for the duration of the competition.
LORDE has said the song was inspired by seeing a photo of former ROYALS third baseman GEORGE BRETT -- and KANSAS CITY stations have been playing the song non-stop, especially since the beginning of the post-season playoffs.
Local CUMULUS Triple A station KFOG (104.5)/SAN FRANCISCO posted on FACEBOOK, "No offense, LORDE, but for the duration of the WORLD SERIES, KFOG will be a 'Royals'-free zone. We're sure you understand."
And ENTERCOM COMMUNICATIONS Triple A KOIT (96/5)/SAN FRANCISCO is doing the same, insisting, "Our listeners told us to do it, so we did it!"
Which prompted its KANSAS CITY-based sister station.ENTERCOM Hot/Modern AC KZPT (99.7 THE POINT) to put the song into the station's "highest rotation."
According to KZPT (99.7 THE POINT) PD TONY LORINO, "I respect the fine work of KOIT PD MR. BRIAN FIGULA and his broadcast professionals, but a song called ‘GIANTS’ just wouldn’t be as cool anyway. 99.7 THE POINT will be playing it, front and center, on opening of the WORLD SERIES, to celebrate the return of championship baseball to KANSAS CITY. The international crossover hit, “’Royals’ earned a GRAMMY for the 'BEST SONG OF THE YEAR,' and is also a tribute to the legendary KC ROYAL GEORGE BRETT."
Could KANSAS CITY stations now ban SCOTT McKENZIE's "SAN FRANCISCO, Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair" or even STARSHIP's "We Built This City" or even TONY BENNETT's immortal "I Left My Heart in SAN FRANCISCO," which is what the GIANTS hope will happen to their KANSAS CITY rivals. Eat your heart out, LORDE.