Anti-Immigrant LA Radio Hosts Respond To "Economic Boycott" By Verizon, AT&T

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During the October 14 broadcast of their Los Angeles-based KFI radio program The John and Ken Show, co-hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou responded to a campaign against their program that resulted in John and Ken being dropped by several prominent advertisers. The National Hispanic Media Coalition, who led an October 13 protest against the show, received written confirmation from advertisers that John and Ken would be dropped, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Kobylt and Chiampou referred to the outcome of the protest as an "economic boycott" and vowed that "nothing on the show is changing. We're going to talk about illegal aliens all we want."

From The John and Ken Show:

The Los Angeles Times reported on October 13 that Verizon and AT&T Wireless, as well as Vons and Ralphs (Los Angeles-area supermarket chains), have pulled their ads from the John & Ken Show, which has a history of inflammatory anti-immigrant rhetoric.

In September, Kobylt and Chiampou, aired the personal cell phone number of Jorge-Mario Cabrera of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles(CHIRLA). The hosts urged listeners to leave messages about Cabrera's advocacy of the California DREAM Act, telling them to "congratulate" Cabrera on "his victory," which they described as "the theft of tax money for illegal aliens."

Cabrera received hundreds of threatening calls after his phone number was aired.

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immigration, John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou
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