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Former KFI Host Defends LA City Council Resolution

Freelance radio columnist Richard Wagoner has a good write-up about LA City Council’s passage last week of a resolution condemning racist and sexist comments on AM-FM talk show airwaves.

Wagoner rightly reminds that since this issue falls under FCC jurisdiction, the March 21 resolution is “essentially meaningless.” Nevertheless, KFI has issued a statement of support for the resolution, which was actually backed in-chamber by former KFI station personality John Ziegler. From the article:

Ziegler, a KFI host from 2003 to 2007, has expressed concern about John and Ken for several years. “As someone who has been falsely accused of making racist statements in the past, I am very hesitant to accuse anyone of such a thing, but I do believe that John Kobylt is a racist,” Ziegler said in an earlier interview.

Ziegler told Wagoner that those who fear the resolutions is anti-free speech actually have it backwards. He insists it was a case of the city’s politicians exercising their own free speech rights.

Wagoner reached out to Kobylt for reaction to the Ziegler charge, but the co-host of “The John and Ken Show” chose not to respond.

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