Two radio stations in San Francisco are refusing to play Lorde’s “Royals” during the World Series


Responding to comments in emails and on social media, two radio stations in San Francisco have removed Lorde’s hit song “Royals” from their lineups until after the conclusion of the World Series, which starts on Tuesday night in Kansas City. Those stations are 104.5 KFOG and 96.5 KOIT, as Lisa Gutierrez of the Kansas City Star reports.

Lorde got her inspiration for the song from looking at a photo of Royals Hall of Famer George Brett in a 1976 issue of National Geographic. She met Brett back in April.

The two stations issued statements on the ban. More, from Gutierrez:

KOIT program director Brian Figula instituted the ban on his station on Friday, announcing: “Our listeners told us to do it, so we did it! As of 4 p.m. today we’ve removed Lorde-Royals from … our playlist until the end of the World Series. Go Giants, beat the Royals!”

In an announcement on its Facebook page, KFOG followed suit: “No offense, Lorde, but for the duration of the World Series, KFOG Radio will be a ‘Royals’-free zone. We’re sure you understand.”