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Saturday, April 26, 2008

The John and Ken Effect

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Love 'em or hate 'em, the John and Ken Show on KFI is a tour de force on talk radio in the afternoons. Albeit bombastic, steady offerings of barbed language and an in-your-face-style, they are anything but boring and never seem to violate the 1st Rule of Radio: Be Entertaining.

Today, the Los Angeles Times opines on the famous shock jocks in the context of the trial of Orange County's ex-sheriff Mike Carona. I suppose it is a badge of honor for them and I'll have to tune in Monday to see what they have to say about it.

At issue: a series of readings by the hosts, John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, from transcripts of Carona conversations that were secretly recorded by federal investigators. When Carona's legal team objected to the pretrial publicity, Kobylt and Chiampou rose to the challenge, dubbing this segment of the show "Taint the Carona Jury Pool" and advising fans called for jury duty to lie if asked about their radio listening habits. Daring stuff -- and stupid too -- but the purpose of a venue change is to ensure that the accused gets a fair trial, not to address media buzz.

Considering the size of the Burbank-based show's listenership (about 1 million a month), the widely dispersed audience in L.A. and Orange counties and the vagaries of listeners' habits, the probability that a substantial number of jury pool members have even tuned into "John & Ken's" Carona coverage seems vanishingly small.

Read the full editorial.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why "Affect" instead of "Effect?" You learning spolling from Red Spot, or is there some significance here?

And what are "vanishingly small" numbers when referring to potential jurors who haven't read coverage of the Corona trial? If you mean, how can anyone not have heard of the case then say so. But frankly, there are a lot of locals in L A who are more concerned with the elections and being overtaxed here, by crazy schemes piled on top of each other, to worry about Corona.

I do think in general, this jurors who get picked have to be so stupid that they're incapable of making complex decisions and no wonder they end up awarding those millions against "the man." The smarter ones are disqualified off the top.

April 26, 2008 11:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shock jocks? Howard Stern is a shock jock.

April 26, 2008 12:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Note to John and Ken
You have lost me as a regular listener of your show due to John's consistant rant on illegal aliens using phrases as "unwashed" etc. I find them offensive and detracting from the support I have for your efforts. Your competitor Larry Elder at KABC 790 provides less rant and more substance on many of the very important issues that face not only our area but our nation. I'll always be a fan, but not a regular listener anymore. You maybe in the entertainment business but degrading "illegals" while making a point on issues is not "entertaining" or acceptable to me.

A non-Hispanic listener.

April 26, 2008 1:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You could acknowledge changing the misspelling, so the first post will make sense! That's how it's usually done... But at least you're learning.

I don't listen to John and Ken, since they seem to just want to fill air time with controversial issues and loud guests. Sometimes they're right but their EXCLAMATION verbal shouting tone sounds too much like Zuma Dogg.

When the messenger is too obnoxious you tune out the message unless you aim for that kind of image yourself.

Same of Rush Limbaugh, but also the pro-cholo apologists who rant on this blog and elsewhere. Even some like Chief Bratton and Tim Rutten who try to cut off rational discussion about illegal immigration and illegal alien crime by calling anyone who wants to enforce immigration laws, "immigration haters." They've intimidated the LAPD beat cops into fear for their jobs, "career suicide" as cop blogger Jack Dunphy told the Times, if they dare enforce the laws which SP40 allows.

The "haters" like John and Ken AND like Chief Bratton and leftie MSM and the Mexican and leftie politicians, from Alarcon to Rosendahl, ALL deserve to be tuned out.

April 26, 2008 5:48 PM  

Blogger Edward Headington said:

Yes. Just a spelling error. Thanks for catching it!

April 26, 2008 10:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is bullshit. These illegal assholes can't even march in their own country and they come here and demand and criticize our law enforcement officers. Go back to Mexico. How dare they still have an arrogant attitude. OUr tax dollars are being used for these illegal uneducated morons who demand free services. This May 1 march is during the week when WE the LEGAL CITIZens have to work. And they wonder why people want them deported?

"It's up to the LAPD to follow through on their promise, to be there to support the march and make sure all of the march participants have a good experience," said Bethany Leal of the Multi-Ethnic Immigrant Worker Organizing Network, one of the sponsors of the march and rally.

Juan Jose Gutierrez of Latino Movement USA echoed Leal, adding that many immigrants still distrust police because of their heavy-handed actions last year.

"There has been progress, but I don't think the relationship has been totally repaired," he said. "A lot of us are in a wait-and-see mode."

April 27, 2008 7:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I too, will never listen to John and Ken's screaming again. I only listened because of this blog.

I'm whiter than an albino and I have nothing against Mexicans, Cubans, Guatemalans, Italians or Russians. I am against illegal immigration but pro amnesty for those already here with strict restrictions adopted for who can move here. Laws should be the same here for getting in or out as they are in other countries. The posters on this blog who call everyone cholos (in all caps usually) just irritate the hell out of me. I don't think anyone here really gets what Special Order 40 is about.

It would appear that the good old white boy network is up in arms and scared of losing power. Too bad they didn't handle it well when they had it.

There has never been a time in the United States of America when there hasn't been some kind of strife taking place. If it's not Mexicans, it was those damn Japanese. Before that it was those freaking Chinese immigrants coming on ships.

All any of you ever do is complain here and it's the same thing with those stupid shouters who listen to John and Ken. I agree with the poster who says they are the equivalent to Rush Limbaugh. Each of you remind me of Rosanne Rosannadanna. She never quite got it right and I thought that John and Ken were a parody of her in a way. I had no idea they were legitimately haters of all things non-white.

Hey John and Ken - there is a radio station in Alabama looking for you.

April 27, 2008 4:09 PM  

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