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John and Ken Respond to Latino Boycott

On Friday’s John and Ken show, the KFI duo discussed the ongoing boycott led by the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

Vons, Ralphs, Verizon FIOS and AT&T Wireless all pulled their advertising last week from the show that reaches 1 million listeners.

The NHMC and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) also started an online petition asking Clear Channel Radio to yank John and Ken off the air.

“Nothing on the show is changing,” said John Kobylt. “We’re going to talk about illegal aliens all we want.”

It looks like this battle isn’t ending anytime soon.

After the jump is the entire John and Ken segment where they discuss their recent opposition:

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Vons, Verizon FIOS Pull Ads From KFI’s John and Ken

Vons, Ralphs, Verizon FIOS and AT&T Wireless have all pulled their advertising from the John and Ken show on KFI, according to Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

The NHMC held a peaceful demonstration outside the Clear Channel office in Burbank Thursday, where Nogales provided an update to the media on their “Take John and Ken Off the Air” campaign.

John and Ken are under fire after giving out the cellphone number on-air of Jorge-Mario Cabrera, an immigrant rights activist for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

A handful of smaller organizations have also pulled their advertising, but an announcement on those companies isn’t expected until next week.

“They are concerned about the backlash from John and Ken telling their viewers that this occurred and to go picket them,” Nogales told FishbowlLA. “We will wait until we have a mass in terms of the smaller advertisers and that will probably happen by next week.”

The NHMC are looking into possible legal options as well. “We have our attorneys looking at privacy laws here in the state of California to see if we can go that way,” Nogales added. “We have our DC lawyers going to the FCC to see if we have a case over there.”

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Former John and Ken Victim Stands Up for KFI Duo

Local social commentator Jasmyne A. Cannick is no stranger to the wrath of John and Ken.

Cannick’s cellphone number was read on-air and posted on the KFI website in 2005 over a protest she organized against the death penalty and execution of Stanley “Tookie” Williams — similar to what immigrant rights activist Jorge-Mario Cabrera went through last month.

Cannick wrote an op-ed Monday for the Daily News on how to handle the conservative duo.

Her advice? Drop the boycott and focus on registering voters:

“I understand why Jon and Ken did it. Had it been my show, I’d have done the same thing. As a professional communications director and press secretary, these types of things just come with the territory.

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Latino Rights Groups Want KFI’s John and Ken Fired

KFI’s John Kobylt and Kenneth Chiampou, better known as John and Ken, are a conservative lightning rod of controversy to say the very least.

But the radio shock jocks might have finally crossed the line after giving out the cellphone number on-air of Jorge-Mario Cabrera, an immigrant rights activist for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition is teaming up with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and the National Immigration Law Center in an effort to get KFI to fire John and Ken or face a boycott of the station’s sponsors.

Cabrera received more than 400 phone calls from people opposing the California Dream Act, which would make state financial aid available to undocumented immigrants and out-of-state students attending state schools.

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