CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2003 |
Two weeks ago, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca called a radio talk show and offered to "show you what I've got" after co-hosts questioned his manliness. Now his words have made him the subject of an internal department inquiry. The discussion was supposed to be about taxes. On Jan. 21, KFI-AM talk show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou dared public officials, including Baca and Los Angeles Mayor James K.
March 20, 2012 |
Talk station KFI-AM (640) retained the top spot in the local radio ratings in February, while its co-leader in January, soft-rock outlet KOST-FM (103.5), slipped to second. KFI averaged 4.9% of the listening audience in Los Angeles and Orange County age 6 and older, according to figures released Monday by the Arbitron ratings service. KOST slipped from 4.8% in January to 4.5%, based on the survey of listeners from Feb. 3 to March 2. By comparison, KOST held an impressive 8.5% of the audience at the end of last year, when — as it does every Christmas season — it switched to a playlist featuring only holiday music.
April 6, 2002 |
They are a provocative talk radio duo whose exploits have included broadcasting lurid excerpts from the purported diary of a judge accused of child molestation and questioning women in Rep. Gary Condit's office on whether they slept with their boss. Now the hosts of "The John and Ken Show" on KFI-AM (640) have grabbed a piece of another national scandal, broadcasting a string of e-mail by Los Angeles Archdiocese officials struggling to contain child molestation allegations against some priests.
October 5, 2011
There's more to a state Re "A win-win strategy at the U.N.," Opinion, Sept. 30 Barbara F. Walter and Andrew Kydd hail President Mahmoud Abbas' move to place Palestinian statehood on the international agenda. However, this is a case of "been there, done that. " Yasser Arafat, the former leader of the Palestinian cause, issued a "declaration of independence" in 1988. The Palestinian state was recognized by more than 100 countries. A state exists only insofar as it is recognized by others; Palestine meets this and other standards of statehood.
January 19, 2010 |
For a dozen years, Tim Conway Jr. played host on weeknights at the former talk station KLSX-FM (97.1) -- the outlet where he and colleagues including Howard Stern, Tom Leykis and Adam Carolla held court with lifestyle observations and ribald humor. But this week Conway takes over nights at KFI-AM (640), the conservative news-talk powerhouse that's always near the top of Los Angeles-Orange County ratings -- and he says he feels more at home. "It was a little more loose over there" at KLSX, said Conway, 46. "I actually enjoy the politics, the calls."
November 19, 2006
Regarding "FCC backtracks on 2 charges of indecency," Nov. 8: The "F-word" is such a part of the speech of children and teens that excising it from broadcasts is ludicrous. As to the various depictions of excrement, why is "feces" OK and "poop" considered cute and acceptable for children, but not the "S-word"? It all goes back to the complaints about Howard Stern. Anytime he offended me I tuned him out, but for the most part I found him entertaining. Today I refuse to listen to Tom Leykis because he is an obnoxious bore, not because he is obscene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2012 |
The landslide recall of three City Council members in Fullerton ushered in a new council majority that's younger, more ideological and more populist, potentially paving the way for major change in a city rocked by turbulence. Dick Jones, Don Bankhead and Pat McKinley came under fire for their perceived protection of the Fullerton Police Department after the death of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man who was beaten by police last summer. Each was voted out by an almost identical majority of nearly 66%, according to the Orange County Registrar's complete but unofficial election results.
November 14, 2007 |
"The John Ziegler Show" aired for the final time on Tuesday night on KFI-AM (640) and its firebrand host said his three-hour, five-nights-a-week broadcast had become a grind. "I have always had a love-hate relationship with talk radio," Ziegler told The Times. "At its best, it's a fantastic medium. At its worst it can drain your lifeblood. And I have had the lifeblood drained out of me for a period of time. It's time for me to move on from KFI's perspective and mine."
March 2, 2009
Re "A state budget analysis written with crayons," Column, Feb. 25 James Rainey's call for nuance from KFI radio fails to recognize that John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou have tapped into a real, profound frustration with California's government among rational, average American listeners. To illustrate my point, I am a liberal Democrat -- far from the typical far-right audience they are believed to represent. These two men bring to light many rarely discussed truths about how our local government works to a shocked audience that is rightly spurred to action by this newfound knowledge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2008 |
Attorneys for former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona told a judge Friday that they want the corruption case moved outside Southern California, and possibly farther, because two radio shock jocks are trying to taint the jury pool. In arguing for a change of venue, Brian A. Sun cited segments of KFI-AM (640) radio's "John and Ken Show," during which the hosts encouraged potential jurors to lie their way onto the panel and convict Carona.