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October 5, 2011 | James Rainey
Let's stipulate that you don't have to be a thug, racist or fool to oppose taxpayer-supported grants to illegal-immigrant college students. Let's agree, meanwhile, that you can support financial aid to those undocumented migrant students without being a squishy-headed traitor. The California Dream Act raises thorny issues about whether non-citizens should get government benefits at a time when many state services are being slashed. The arguments on the two sides are powerful enough that Gov. Jerry Brown has been taking weeks to decide whether to sign the legislation.
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March 24, 2012 | Sandy Banks
It's an outrage even if you look past race - even if Florida vigilante George Zimmerman does claim a Latino mother and a few black friends. Zimmerman's ethnicity can't excuse the killing of Trayvon Martin . And it doesn't obliterate the racial slur that Zimmerman muttered on the 911 tape as he chased down the black teenager. The case has roiled the Orlando, Fla., suburb where Trayvon was shot to death last month by Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch leader who became alarmed when he spotted Trayvon walking through the gated condominium complex that Zimmerman spent aimless days and nights patrolling.
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OPINION
November 7, 2004 | Gregory Rodriguez
OK, so it's not quite Bill O'Reilly's loofah sponge phone fantasy. Still, it's entertaining to see L.A.'s own media bullies getting their comeuppance this election cycle. And since KFI's John and Ken are apparently too self-absorbed to admit defeat, someone has to point it out for them. Former Jersey boys, John and Ken like to take credit for the recall of the man they called the "idiot Gov. Gumby." Until recently, they were chummy with Arnold, the man they think they made king.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2012 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council called Tuesday for radio outlets to put an end to racist and sexist language on the airwaves. The resolution, passed on a 13-2 vote, is a symbolic statement decrying a recent comment by local KFI-AM (640) talk radio hosts John and Ken. The duo, John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, triggered protests when they referred to the late Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston as a "crack ho" on the air. Though an original draft of the resolution focused specifically on the station and its parent company, Clear Channel Media, an amendment broadened the target to all local media outlets.
OPINION
March 17, 2011
California dreaming Re "California reactors less vulnerable," March 15 Ignoring the recent spate of news coverage on earthquakes, I am not satisfied with the conclusions of this article. The U.S. Geological Survey states that the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 was between 7.7 and 8.3 in magnitude. That, along with the 1857 Fort Tejon earthquake, appears to have been the biggest earthquakes ever recorded in California. Estimates of the size or scope of "the big one" vary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Conservative talk radio hosts John and Ken showed up at Occupy L.A. for a live broadcast Thursday, setting off a chaotic scene of jostling and shouting. If their aim was to provoke, they succeeded. The hosts, John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, have been mocking the protest on their popular afternoon show on KFI-AM (640). When they entered the encampment of tents surrounding City Hall, accompanied by four security guards dressed in suits, they were quickly flanked by a crowd of several dozen protesters.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2011 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Talk station KFI-AM (640) topped radio ratings in November, riding a stable of provocative commentators that includes Rush Limbaugh, Bill Handel and John and Ken to its second straight win, and its best showing in more than two years. KFI took 5.6% of the Los Angeles-Orange County listening audience age 6 or older, the same figure it held in October. But the station still widened its lead over second place, pop station KIIS-FM (102.7), which dropped from 5.3% to 5% since October, according to figures released this week by the Arbitron ratings service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2010 | By Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times
It doesn't take much to get John and Ken into a swivet — the radio duo's fan base was built on indignation — but this week Meg Whitman offered them more than enough with which to work. Outraged over Whitman's new, more liberal tone on immigration, they filled the airwaves — and they have plenty to fill, with five hours on KFI every workday — with broadsides at the Republican nominee for governor. They mocked her statements as "garbage," read aloud their correspondence with a campaign aide they labeled a "weasel" and recounted old interviews to show her change in emphasis.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2003
THANK you for the article on KFI-AM's John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, who deserve the recognition ("Crusading for Truth, Justice, on Weekday Afternoons," by Steve Carney, May 6). They bring intelligence, humor and -- most of all -- a very needed sense of fair play and moral integrity to the airwaves. Hollace Brown Los Angeles John and Ken? KFI? Oh, yeah. That really boring show on that really boring radio station. Are they really still around? Don't you have anything more interesting to write about?
OPINION
November 11, 2004
Re "John and Ken Who?" Opinion, Nov. 7: Gregory Rodriquez's gloating put-down of Southern California's highest-rated afternoon talk show tried to ridicule its "political human sacrifice" reality show as a failure because Rep. David Dreier "won by a smaller margin than last time." However, challenger Cynthia Matthews won an impressive 43% of the vote in a so-called safe Republican district despite a complete lack of support from the Democrats and more than $1 million of Dreier's mudslinging direct mail, a small fortune few incumbent congressmen are forced to spend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2012 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
Four hours a day, five days a week, John and Ken swoop from substantive to sophomoric faster than you can change the station. They are conservative, campaigning against what they deride as the "Illegal Alien Dream Act. " They are liberal, hosting an in-depth conversation about income inequality with Occupy Los Angeles protesters. They also can be totally tasteless, calling that same movement "Occupoo" after weeks spent cackling over encampment Porta Pottis. It is possible for a single radio program to contain all of the above, and more, while drawing a drive-time audience of 1 million-plus loyal listeners each week.
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December 3, 2011 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Talk station KFI-AM (640) topped radio ratings in November, riding a stable of provocative commentators that includes Rush Limbaugh, Bill Handel and John and Ken to its second straight win, and its best showing in more than two years. KFI took 5.6% of the Los Angeles-Orange County listening audience age 6 or older, the same figure it held in October. But the station still widened its lead over second place, pop station KIIS-FM (102.7), which dropped from 5.3% to 5% since October, according to figures released this week by the Arbitron ratings service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Conservative talk radio hosts John and Ken showed up at Occupy L.A. for a live broadcast Thursday, setting off a chaotic scene of jostling and shouting. If their aim was to provoke, they succeeded. The hosts, John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, have been mocking the protest on their popular afternoon show on KFI-AM (640). When they entered the encampment of tents surrounding City Hall, accompanied by four security guards dressed in suits, they were quickly flanked by a crowd of several dozen protesters.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2011 | James Rainey
Let's stipulate that you don't have to be a thug, racist or fool to oppose taxpayer-supported grants to illegal-immigrant college students. Let's agree, meanwhile, that you can support financial aid to those undocumented migrant students without being a squishy-headed traitor. The California Dream Act raises thorny issues about whether non-citizens should get government benefits at a time when many state services are being slashed. The arguments on the two sides are powerful enough that Gov. Jerry Brown has been taking weeks to decide whether to sign the legislation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2011 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Long-time immigrant rights activist Jorge-Mario Cabrera is used to being called to task for his views. But when radio hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou recently gave out his cellphone number on the air in a campaign against the California Dream Act, he found himself unprepared for the barrage of hate-filled phone calls that followed. "Hi, this message is for Mr. Cabrera," one caller said in a voice mail transcribed by Cabrera. "Listen, you pile of garbage…You need to pack your [expletive]
OPINION
March 17, 2011
California dreaming Re "California reactors less vulnerable," March 15 Ignoring the recent spate of news coverage on earthquakes, I am not satisfied with the conclusions of this article. The U.S. Geological Survey states that the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 was between 7.7 and 8.3 in magnitude. That, along with the 1857 Fort Tejon earthquake, appears to have been the biggest earthquakes ever recorded in California. Estimates of the size or scope of "the big one" vary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2009 | Cathleen Decker
Running for governor can be alluring. The crowds applaud, the staff genuflects; even the persistent frustrations of traffic melt away in the back seat of a luxury vehicle piloted from event to event by someone else. But there are times, and last week was one of them, when running for governor can also take on the feel of a fraternity hazing, when the candidates are not masters of the universe but, rather, supplicants. That is particularly true in this phase of the campaign -- nine months before the June 2010 primary -- when the emphasis is on selling your candidacy to your party's truest believers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2011 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Long-time immigrant rights activist Jorge-Mario Cabrera is used to being called to task for his views. But when radio hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou recently gave out his cellphone number on the air in a campaign against the California Dream Act, he found himself unprepared for the barrage of hate-filled phone calls that followed. "Hi, this message is for Mr. Cabrera," one caller said in a voice mail transcribed by Cabrera. "Listen, you pile of garbage…You need to pack your [expletive]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2010 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Meg Whitman's 54th birthday Wednesday featured a rough time on the campaign trail because of what critics on both the left and the right view as the GOP gubernatorial nominee's shifting tone on illegal immigration. Continuing her aggressive courtship of Latino voters, Whitman opened a campaign office in East Los Angeles and announced new Spanish-language advertisements aimed at this vital voter group. But her words were interrupted by a raucous crowd of protesters outside. "There has not been a Republican candidate for governor that has had an office in East L.A. for 30 years.
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