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.