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March 22, 1999 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Without bidding farewell to their listeners, John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, hosts of the afternoon show on talk station KFI-AM (640) for more than six years, did their last broadcast at the station on Friday. The irreverent pair, better known simply as "John & Ken," are expected to join rival KABC-AM (790) beginning this summer to fill the key morning drive slot. Since Ken Minyard and Peter Tilden were dismissed last November, the station has been using fill-in hosts from 5 to 9 a.m.
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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.
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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
August 11, 2009 | Steve Carney
After more than 40 years as an all-news outlet, KFWB-AM (980) said Monday that it is switching to a talk format, led by nationally syndicated advice guru Laura Schlessinger, who moves her flagship from top-rated chat station KFI-AM (640). The change takes effect Sept. 8, when KFWB yokes its format change to Schlessinger, whose program has the third-largest national audience in talk radio -- an estimated 8.25 million listeners per week, behind only Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, according to Talkers magazine, trade journal of the talk-radio industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 1992 | CLAUDIA PUIG
Less than two months after hiring him as a talk-show host, KFI-AM (640) is cutting former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates back from three hours a day to one in order to bring in a new talk-show team. Gates was brought in last Sept. 29 as a replacement for KFI's afternoon host Tom Leykis, who was fired because of a conflict with station management. Gates' show has been airing weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. but, beginning Monday, his show will be on only from 3 to 4 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 1996 | Judith Michaelson, Judith Michaelson is a Times staff writer
The subject on the "John & Ken Show" on a recent afternoon is bad parenting. Hardly the sort of meat on which John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, the in-your-face afternoon-drive team on talk station KFI-AM (640), tend to feed. It's not hot, like the trial of O.J. Simpson, which they rode last fall to personal-best ratings. Nor is it wacky, like enumerating the byproducts of a cow, or grisly, like delineating the belongings of the late Jeffrey Dahmer that might be offered at auction.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2009 | Steve Carney
After more than 40 years as an all-news outlet, KFWB-AM (980) said Monday that it is switching to a talk format, led by nationally syndicated advice guru Laura Schlessinger, who moves her flagship from top-rated chat station KFI-AM (640). The change takes effect Sept. 8, when KFWB yokes its format change to Schlessinger, whose program has the third-largest national audience in talk radio -- an estimated 8.25 million listeners per week, behind only Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, according to Talkers magazine, trade journal of the talk-radio industry.
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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Responding to concerns that personal information was leaving the country, the Orange County Superior Court said Monday that it would no longer rely on workers in Mexico to enter data on traffic tickets. The court amended its contract with Cal Coast Data Entry Inc. to ensure that the information -- including license numbers, birth dates and addresses -- is no longer sent electronically to the company's facility in Nogales, Mexico.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 1999 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Without bidding farewell to their listeners, John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, hosts of the afternoon show on talk station KFI-AM (640) for more than six years, did their last broadcast at the station on Friday. The irreverent pair, better known simply as "John & Ken," are expected to join rival KABC-AM (790) beginning this summer to fill the key morning drive slot. Since Ken Minyard and Peter Tilden were dismissed last November, the station has been using fill-in hosts from 5 to 9 a.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 1996 | Judith Michaelson, Judith Michaelson is a Times staff writer
The subject on the "John & Ken Show" on a recent afternoon is bad parenting. Hardly the sort of meat on which John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, the in-your-face afternoon-drive team on talk station KFI-AM (640), tend to feed. It's not hot, like the trial of O.J. Simpson, which they rode last fall to personal-best ratings. Nor is it wacky, like enumerating the byproducts of a cow, or grisly, like delineating the belongings of the late Jeffrey Dahmer that might be offered at auction.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 1992 | CLAUDIA PUIG
Less than two months after hiring him as a talk-show host, KFI-AM (640) is cutting former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates back from three hours a day to one in order to bring in a new talk-show team. Gates was brought in last Sept. 29 as a replacement for KFI's afternoon host Tom Leykis, who was fired because of a conflict with station management. Gates' show has been airing weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. but, beginning Monday, his show will be on only from 3 to 4 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
OPINION
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.
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