L.A. City Council Passes Anti-KFI Resolution
March 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM (PT)
The LOS ANGELES City Council has passed a resolution condemning what it calls "racist and sexist slurs" on radio and television in a move targeting CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KFI-A/LOS ANGELES by name and, by implication, afternoon hosts JOHN AND KEN. The council members proposing the resolution, JAN PERRY, BERNARD PARKS, and Council President HERB WESSON, have long been the subject of criticism by the hosts, and the recent suspension of JOHN KOBYLT and KEN CHIAMPOU over their comments about WHITNEY HOUSTON and pressure from a group of local activists prompted the resolution, which does not require the station to do anything other than "do everything in their power to ensure that their on-air hosts do not use and promote racist and sexist slurs over public airwaves in the City of LOS ANGELES" and hire "women, African Americans, Latinos, and Asians."
The resolution, supported by a group of local activists who demanded more minority hosts on CLEAR CHANNEL stations and rejected an apology and the offer of tryouts on KFI sister Talk KTLK-A (presently airing the tryouts in middays), rips the station for what it claims is a "long history of racially offensive comments as well as deplorable sexist remarks, particularly towards women and Black, Latino, and Asian communities."
KFI was the top-rated station overall for Persons 6+ in the LOS ANGELES metro in the latest ARBITRON monthly ratings.