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Immigrant rights group plans boycott of ‘John and Ken’ radio show

October 6, 2011 |  5:31 pm

Photo: John Kobylt, left, and Ken Chiampou hosting an afternoon talk show on KFI-AM. Credit: Los Angeles Times

A coalition of Latino and immigrant rights groups said Thursday that it will move forward with a boycott of the popular “John and Ken” radio show after management at KFI-AM (640) station canceled a meeting with representatives.

The group had asked for the meeting to discuss an incident in which the popular radio hosts  gave out the phone numbers of a local immigrant rights activist on the air, leading to a barrage of hate-filled phone calls.

Greg Ashlock, market manager for Clear Channel Radio-Los Angeles, initially agreed to meet with the group but said he canceled the meeting because their request had become an ultimatum demanding that the “John and Ken” show be removed from the air.

“I’m more than happy to sit down with anybody who has a concern and talk it out but we’re not going to be held hostage to demands that are outlandish,” Ashlock said.

In a statement, Alex Nogales, President and chief executive officer of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, said the cancellation “is only one incident in Clear Channel and KFI's disappointing pattern of disregard for the Latino community.”

“Their refusal to face the music regarding John and Ken's egregious behavior shows us that they are not concerned with the people they harm but only their bottom line,” Nogales said.

The coalition plans to boycott sponsors of the “John and Ken” radio show, officials said.


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Photo: John Kobylt, left, and Ken Chiampou host their afternoon talk show on KFI-AM. Credit: Los Angeles Times