Why Is a Radio Station Playing 'Hot in Herre' on an Endless Loop?

San Francisco's KVVF 105.7 has been repeating the Nelly hit for more than 20 hours

Nelly visits 106 & Park on September 30th, 2013 in New York City.
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March 15, 2014 1:06 PM ET

For more than 20 hours now, San Francisco radio station KVVF 105.7 has been playing one song, and one song only. Starting at 3 p.m. on Friday, the station has devoted all its air time to an endless loop of Nelly's "Hot in Herre."

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As the loop stretched on into the night, speculation bubbled up on Twitter under the hastag #Nelly1057, with some listeners wondering if the station was experiencing technical trouble, if a DJ had just quit or even if the broadcast had been hijacked. But an answer to the mystery has emerged. According to RadioInsight, the Nelly loop was unleashed to herald a relaunch of the station. Univision-owned Latino Mix 105.7 is switching formats to an English-language contemporary rhythmic brand, Hot 105.7.

This type of publicity move, known as "stunting," is occasionally put into practice when stations launch or switch formats. In July, a new Toronto radio station, Indie88, tested out its long-dormant FM signal by playing Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" for a full week.

The new station has already set up a Facebook page. Its first posting was a YouTube video for the Nelly song, along with the caption, "You feeling Hot?" The station will presumably begin playing songs other than "Hot in Herre" sometime in the near future.

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