Monthly Archives: February 2012

Civil Rights leaders want firings for “Crack ho” remarks about the late Whitney Houston on KFI Los Angeles

 

By Andre Michael Eggelletion

Civil Rights leaders are now calling for greater punishment or the end of the John and Ken show on KFI AM 640 after insensitive “crack ho” remarks about the late Whitney Houston, were delivered on their program. The Los Angeles based station acted quickly and temporarily suspended the duo.

Drive-time listeners heard the host say: “At some point you’re just sick of it all, and so is everybody else in the industry; all her friends and hangers on; everybody who knew had to deal with her. It’s like ah Jesus… here comes the crack ho again, what’s she gonna do ah look at that she’s doin handstands next to the pool. Very good crack ho… after while everybody’s exhausted. And then you find out she’s dead. It’s like really; took this long.

The story and audio clip immediately went viral after it broke on the nationally syndicated radio program, “Real Deal Talk”, hosted by Andre Michael Eggelletion.

John Kobylt issued a statement saying, "We made a mistake, and we accept the stations decision. We used language that was inappropriate, and we sincerely apologize to our listeners and to the family of Ms. Houston." John and Ken will return to the air Monday, February 27.

Unhappy with the punishment, yesterday, Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson and other civil rights leaders called the suspension of John and Ken an “insulting hand slap non-punishment.

Hutchinson continues: “Given the long history of John and Ken’s racist, ethnic and gender incendiary attacks, their short suspension for their gross insensitive slur of Houston and the pain caused by it to her legions of friends, associates and family” says Hutchinson, “is beyond ludicrous. The station’s weak non-punishment of them sends the subtle message that radio hosts can abuse and slander anyone with little fear of punishment.

According to Hutchinson, endorsers include: Earl Ofari Hutchinson, President Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable; Dwayne Wyatt, L.A Black Employees for Fairness; Lita Herron, President Youth Advocacy Coalition; Eddie Jones, President Los Angeles Civil Rights Assn.; Reverend KW Tuloss National Action Network (Al Sharpton) West Coast Representative; Pedro Baez, Founder Voice of the People; Willis Edwards, NAACP National Board Member.

Calling for the firing of John and Ken is Alex Nogales, president and CEO of NHMC. Nogales said in a statement that a temporary suspension is not enough. “How many times do John and Ken get to spew their hate, apologize and then do it again after taking off a long weekend?” Mr. Nogales added: “KFI must permanently remove John and Ken from the air. Los Angeles deserves better .

The Late Whitney Houston Called “Crack Ho” on KFI Los Angeles

 

By Andre Michael Eggelletion 2-15-2012

The ugly jabs at the late Whitney Houston keep coming on talk radio. One of the most recent and probably nastiest derogatory remarks about the late pop diva was delivered on the John and Ken show, which is aired on KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles. Afternoon drive listeners of this Clear Channel station, many of whom with children in their cars, heard the host call the late Ms. Houston a “crack ho” on the air. Click here to listen: John & Ken Whitney Houston

At some point you’re just sick of it all, and so is everybody else in the industry; all her friends and hangers on; everybody who knew had to deal with her. It’s like ah Jesus… here comes the crack ho again, what’s she gonna do ah look at that she’s doin handstands next to the pool. Very good crack ho… after while everybody’s exhausted. And then you find out she’s dead. It’s like really; took this long.

The comments, which were made on Tuesday, Februray 14, 2012 during their live broadcast, have started a fire storm of criticism from fans of Whitney Houston and from professionals in the broadcast industry. Lee Michaels, former national program director for Syndication One, founder of US Talk Network, and 45 year veteran of the broadcast industry said “this was an abuse of the airwaves.” Mr. Michaels when on to say “if I were the program director at that station they would have been pulled off the air immediately. Their comments were callous, indecent, unprofessional, and unnecessary.” Lee Michaels comments were heard when the story broke on the nationally syndicated radio program, “Real Deal Talk”, hosted by Andre Michael Eggelletion.

According to Wikipedia, John Chester Kobylt and Kenneth Robertson Chiampou, known professionally as John and Ken are the hosts of the four-hour weekday radio show. In recent years, especially since the 2003 California recall, afternoon drive hosts John and Ken have become actively involved in several political causes, most notably that of illegal immigration. In the months leading up to the 2004 election, the hosts instigated several political rallies advocating the defeat of Congressmen David Dreier (a Republican) and Joe Baca (a Democrat), both of whom they felt were wrongly supportive of illegal immigration. As a result, the John and Ken show was the subject of a Federal Election Commission complaint filed by the National Republican Congressional Committee, alleging that John and Ken engaged in an illegal campaign against Congressman Dreier. The "Political Human Sacrifice" campaign as they dubbed it was not successful, since both Dreier and Baca were re-elected, albeit Dreier by a substantially smaller percentage than in past terms. On March 16, 2006, the complaint was dismissed.