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NHMC Takes Its KFI Fight to YouTube

Although the latest ratings have KFI AM 640 awash in market-dominating numbers, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is not giving up its fight against weekday personalities Rush Limbaugh, John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou.

In a recent telephone interview with, organization president Alex Nogales called once more for Clear Channel to sack the hosts of “The John and Ken Show.” The NHMC has also shared a new video to support its ongoing efforts:

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KFI’s John and Ken Return From Suspension

They’re baaaaack.

KFI’s John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou return Monday afternoon following a 10-day suspension for their derogatory comments towards the late Whitney Houston.

The general consensus is split on whether John and Ken should have been suspended for their comments in the first place.

Regardless, I plan on listening to the first segment to see if they discuss their suspension.


KTLA’s Sam Rubin Calls Out KFI, John and Ken

KTLA entertainment anchor Sam Rubin delivered a wonderful tw0-minute analysis of KFI’s suspension of Ken Chiampou and John Kobylt for their insensitive comments towards the late Whitney Houston.

This is where you could normally watch the video on this blog … but it appears isn’t big on that whole embed code concept.

Alas, head over to their website to view the video from Friday morning as Rubin tears KFI’s management and the conservative talk show duo a new one.

BREAKING: KFI Suspends John and Ken for Whitney Houston Comments

You knew this might be coming, given the frequency with which KFI 640 AM weekday afternoon hosts Ken Chiampou and John Kobylt like to ruffle feathers. Today, officially, the pair’s incendiary, ratings-chasing ways have finally caught up with them.

From a bulletin issued this afternoon by radio industry trade magazine TALKERS:

The Orange County Register’s Gary Lycan tips TALKERS that KFI is suspending the hosts for comments about Whitney Houston

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KFI’s John Kobylt Makes Up New Insult

The gang at Media Matters for America (MMFA) continue to keep a close ear on the controversial musings of KFI 640 AM radio hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou. Every other week, or so it seems, the website is reporting about the pair’s latest crossing of the politically correct vocabulary line.

But Monday’s broadcast of “The John and Ken Show” may have broached dangerous new ground. Per Media Matters, Kobylt made up his own word as he connected the issue of welfare to that of an infamously subsidized California solar-panels company:

“These kids are largely dropping out of school. I mean if you look at LA the dropout rates are 60 percent. So we pour in all this medical care, food stamps, all these welfare benefits, then free education, and it goes on for 15 years. And then somewhere in the middle of high school they drop out and they go take a crap job, or not, and then–What did we put that money in for? What did we invest in?”

“This is like Solyndra. All these kids are little Solyndrites.”

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Terri-Rae Elmer Signs Off at KFI

It’s been a long run at KFI 640 AM for Terri-Rae Elmer. She joined the station in 1983, hosted an all-female morning show from 1990 to 1993 (“TNT in the Morning”) and segued to “The John and Ken Show” around the time that O.J. was chased down the freeway in a white Bronco.

But tonight, without warning, it all came to a sudden end. At the close of the program, hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou solemnly announced that their beloved news reader and sidekick is moving on effective immediately.

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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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