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February 7, 2003 | Andrew Blankstein and Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writers
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 15, 2009 | Michael Finnegan
Tune in to conservative talk radio in California, and the insults quickly fly. Capturing the angry mood of listeners the other day, a popular host in Los Angeles called Republican lawmakers who voted to raise state taxes "a bunch of weak slobs." With their trademark ferocity, radio stars who helped engineer Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's rise in the 2003 recall have turned on him over the new tax increases.
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.
February 27, 2014 | By Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican candidate for governor, was back on the radio Wednesday to talk about firearms, this time fielding questions about his failure to register a handgun he illegally took to an airport in 2012. "I just never got around to it," he told talk-show hosts John and Ken  on Burbank-based KFI-AM. Donnelly said he purchased the handgun when he was heading to the Mexican border to patrol with the Minutemen. "Sometimes when you buy a gun from a private party, you don't realize that they might not have registered it and done all the paperwork," Donnelly said.
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.
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.
March 20, 2012 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
November 14, 2007 | Geoff Boucher
"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."
April 5, 2008 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
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.
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