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4:00pm February 19, 2012

Why are Shock Jocks Jon and Ken Still On the Air?

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John and Ken show antics have been covered on Politic365 before. This time, the two decided to call the late Whitney Houston a “crack ho.

Back in the fall, if you remember, their show on the Los Angeles AM station KFI was the target of Latino groups who were promoting a boycott because of the duo’s insensitive and inflammatory remarks about Latinos and immigration related matters.

The goal of groups like the National Hispanic Media Coalition was to get companies to cease advertising on the show and to ultimately have John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou removed from the airwaves. After John and Ken read the phone number of an immigration activist on the air encouraging a barrage of calls from their listeners, the National Hispanic Media Coalition felt that the time was right to mobilize their allies and community members to pressure advertisers and bring awareness to the kind of inflammatory and abusive rhetoric that has been promoted on the John and Ken show for years. Some advertisers did pull their ads from the popular show.

Despite a short suspension, John and Ken are scheduled to return to the airwaves on Monday, February 27.  But, they’re still on KFI.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition praised the suspension. In a statement released on Thursday, the President and CEO of the group, Alex Nogales said, “A temporary suspension is not enough. How many times do John and Ken get to spew their hate, apologize and then do it again after taking off a long weekend? KFI must permanently remove John and Ken from the air. Los Angeles deserves better.”

The latest “crack ho” comment is just one in a long string of insensitive remarks that Kobylt and Chiampou have tossed out over the years. Recently, the Korean American community has protested remarks by John and Ken that Korean American painters are “scam guys.”

The “crack ho” comment seemed to strike a nerve with the KFI management, which is interesting because the hate speech promoted on the John and Ken show has been documented and quantified before. Alex Nogales, the President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), was able to provide Politic365 with some unique perspective on that and why he thinks KFI was quick to respond to the Whitney Houston insult.

“White America is very sensitive to the African American population because they are afraid of the political action and backlash from that community, more so than they are of the Latino community. The management of KFI knows this, and they don’t want marches and boycotts against them coming from a better organized and politically connected African American community,” Nogales argued.

Nogales added that NHMC is going to continue to coalition build with other groups like the Korean Americans who have been targeted by the John and Ken show in addition to African American groups to force Kobylt and Chiampou off the airwaves completely.



About the Author

Adriana Maestas
Adriana Maestas is the senior contributing editor of Politic365.com.




 
 

 
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13 Comments


  1. Mark FU

    This article is just another crybaby piece written to cry foul against John and Ken. Look people, they rail against EVERYBODY!!!!! Not just Hispanic or Korean or black, but EVERYBODY !!!!!!! So if you don’t like hearing the TRUTH, then don’t listen!! Undocumented aliens IS illegal aliens, and Whitney Houston WAS. Crack ho!!!!! Me….I like hearing the truth so I will continue to listen when they come back!!!!
    Besides, you think KFI or Clear Channel will ever drop them??? Hell NO!! They are the NUMBER ONE rated radio show on the NUMBER ONE rated station in the country and make too much money!!
    So all you crybabies go listen to someone who’s going to blow smoke up your ass to make you feel better about yourselves!!!


  2. MCor

    If you dont like what they say dont listen to them. Listen to another radio station. Why have we all turned into a bunch of children that react to things they dont like to hear this aggressively? It is childish. You dont like them, fine. Other people do, fine.


  3. Anon

    The solution is simple: if you dont like what John and Ken have to say…DONT LISTEN. We live in America and we have something called "freedom of speech". Americans are fed up with illegal immigration. Its ridiculous to go after someone who disagrees with your agenda on the radio. In the end, youre either bitter or youre jealous that your agenda is not being paid attention to. Grow up already.


  4. Steve Larson

    John and Ken were using the very sad death of woman whose life had been torn apart by her own actions to teach about the evils of drug use. It's sad that she died, but even sadder that people will not learn the lesson that drug use destroys even the most talented among us. You may not like their style–I don't–but firing them for telling the sad truth?


  5. Ryan

    I praise the comment on what Jon said about Whitney Houston. She is a Crack Ho . They called it right.


  6. Pam

    I don't have a problem with John and Ken, I do have a problem with illegal immigrants, people with brilliant futures smoking it away and child molesters.

    John and Ken speak the ugly truth, for those that don't like it just don't listen to it.


  7. Jaun

    I do not have a problem with John and Ken. Too many people are afraid to speak the truth, this state is failing and they are the only people that hits the nail on the head when it comes down to the reason why it is failing.

    They don't just talk about one race they talk about all races, so people that think that they target one race they need to think again and hear the facts.


  8. Unfonda Lib

    Political correctness is how the left stops free speech. Their comments are right on the mark,
    Just look up "Houston we have a problem" on Youtube and see for yourself.
    Libs dont like the truth


  9. Joe

    The author’s logic is merely take a stand against illegal immigration is “inflammatory and abusive rhetoric” or “hate speech”. Total nonsense! What race is “illegal”? Are we now not allowed to speak out against illegal immigration?


  10. Chuck

    John is a bit of a moron, and makes some foolish and ignorant statements, but with Ken moderating John's mouth their show is actually informative, I just wish they would give Ken a mute button for John.


  11. NOMOREOBAMA

    SOMETIMES I GET IRRITATED LISTENING TO THEM SPECIALLY WITH THE KELLY THOMAS DEATH WHICH NOW WE ALL NOW WHAT THE FATHER SAID WERE ALL LIES. SO AT THOSE TIMES I JUST SWITCH TO ANOTHER STATION. I DON'T WANT THEM FIRE FROM THE STATION. I AGREE WITH THEM 90% OF THE TIME. I DON'T WANT ILLEGAL TO TAKE MY CHILDREN SCHOLARSHIPS, OR JOBS IN THE FUTURE. MINE WERE BORN HERE.


  12. chetboyle

    They are two angry men. This is why they have a following. All the other people pissed off about everything feel at home with them.


  13. darlene

    Whitney Houston may have had a drug problem and crack may have been her drug of choice. But she was far from a "crack ho". Once again, the superior white man is allowed to say anything about black women and get a slap on the hand … They need to be fired!!!



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