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The controversial hosts of Los Angeles-area radio program The John & Ken Show have been back on the air for more than two weeks following their suspension for inflammatory comments about late singer Whitney Houston, but there is still no sign of them on L.A.'s KTLA-TV.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) said Monday that KTLA has not aired its daily "Driving it Home with John and Ken" segment since John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou -- hosts of KFI-AM's The John & Ken Show -- returned from being suspended by KFI after calling Whitney Houston a "crack ho" and wondering why her death "took this long."
NHMC stated in its March 12 press release:
Today the Take John and Ken Off the Air campaign celebrates a victory. For two weeks KTLA News' daily segment, "Driving it Home With John and Ken," has been off the air. This, after the campaign encouraged thousands of people to call Don Corsini, KTLA President and General Manager, and urge him to be a responsible broadcaster and drop the hatemongers from the local news program. We applaud him and his management team for doing the right and moral thing.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) also leads the "Take John and Ken Off the Air" campaign, which commenced in October of 2011 and has been joined by over 40 national and local organizations. The campaign has mobilized over 15,000 people to sign petitions asking Clear Channel to drop John and Ken. Clear Channel briefly suspended John and Ken in February after they referred to Whitney Houston as a "crack ho," but the duo returned to Clear Channel after less than two weeks off. Clear Channel has ignored the community's request that it be a responsible broadcaster and remove hate and divisiveness from its public airwaves, despite that eighteen major corporations have promised to no longer advertise on "The John and Ken Show," and dozens of other advertisers have quietly dropped the show without making a formal commitment.
If the recent controversy surrounding Clear Channel veteran Rush Limbaugh's recent remarks teaches us anything, it is that people -- and responsible advertisers -- are fed up with Clear Channel using its dominance in the radio market to push hate and extremism over the public airwaves.
"The time is ripe for the public to reclaim its public airwaves from irresponsible broadcasters that opt for trafficking hate for the sake of profit," said Alex Nogales, National Hispanic Media Coalition President & CEO.