In case you didn’t know the story, Lorde wrote her smash single “Royals” after coming across an issue of National Geographic with Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett on the cover. Also in case you didn’t know, the San Francisco baseball Giants will be playing the Royals in the World Series beginning Tuesday, October 21st. To show support for their city’s team, local San Francisco radio stations KFOG Radio and 96.5 KOIT have decided to ban Lorde’s song for the duration of the championship series.
Apparently, listeners were berating the stations wondering why they were playing the track. Bleacher Report points out that both stations tweeted their resolve:
However, as SB Nation notes, a Kansas City station has responded with their own promise to fans. 99.7 The Point will play “Royals” every hour on the hour from 7:00 in the morning till 7:00 at night on the first day of the Series. The Point Program Director Tony Lorino said in a statement, “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. A few angry San Franciscans who don’t have a song called ‘Giants’ won’t rain on our parade.”
Let it never be said that sports have ever led to irrational decision making.