Radioactive? Md. radio station boots Imagine Dragons after Golden Knights performance

WASHINGTON — The Stanley Cup rivalry between the Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights has bled over to the airwaves of a D.C.-area alternative rock station.

Radio station WRNR says it is booting music by Imagine Dragons from its playlists after the band performed a pregame show for the Las Vegas team before Game 2 of the finals.

“The band’s blatant and disgusting embrace of the Vegas Golden Knights will not be tolerated,” Bob Waugh, said Thursday in a tongue-in-cheek statement released by the radio station.

During the performance, Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds was shown decked out in a jersey for Knights’ goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, which the radio station called “not only offensive, but representative of the kind of artistic choice that reveals a true lack of talent and vision”.

The ban will last through the duration of the Stanely Cup finals, the station said, “and quite possibly, the foreseeable future.”

The station said it was “instrumental in establishing Imagine Dragons’ current state of popularity.”

WRNR broadcasts in the Anne Arundel County area on 103.1 FM.

The Capitals won Tuesday’s game against the Knights 3-2, tying the series. The next games takes place Saturday at 8 p.m. in D.C.

Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at, part of Government Executive Media Group.

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