CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2008 |
A federal judge Wednesday declined to move the political corruption trial of former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, rejecting defense arguments that banter about the case by two KFI radio shock jocks would prevent him from receiving a fair trial in Southern California. Carona's lawyers argued that the hosts of "The John and Ken Show" made it impossible to find impartial jurors because the hosts had urged listeners to lie to get onto Carona's jury, then vote to convict him. U.S.
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.
February 17, 2012 |
Whitney Houston's drug history is getting lots of media folks in trouble this week. Popular Southern California radio hosts John & Ken were suspended this week for suggesting she was a crackhead. And a Fox News commentator is in hot water for referring to Houston's use of a crack pipe. Here's the thing: Although Houston publicly acknowledged having used drugs, the late singer denied ever using crack cocaine. In fact, Houston famously suggested that crack was a cheap, trashy drug that was beneath her and her spending abilities.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2009 |
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.
April 30, 2008
Talk-show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou of KFI-AM (640) will host a screening of the documentary "Border" on Tuesday as a fundraising event for imprisoned former U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Joseph Compean. The men were convicted in 2006 of a variety of charges stemming from firing shots at a suspected drug smuggler on the Mexican border. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about immigration policies with Mexico, featuring "Border" filmmaker Chris Burgard; T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council; and others.
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."