KIFR's John London On Rampage
January 12, 2006 at 6:50 PM (PT)
What happened at CBS Talker KIFR (106.9 FREE FM)/SAN FRANCISCO today that upset afternoon driver JOHN LONDON? Partner CHRIS TOWNSEND showed up on time, but JOHN LONDON and DENNIS CRUZ both showed up 20 minutes late for their 3p show. LONDON proceeded to trash ADAM CAROLLA, DAVID LEE ROTH, and PENN JILLETTE, and took his call screener ERICA apart on the air, calling her "incompetent" and then saying "I'm A-list talent, why should I have to wait for these C-list talent people to get good someday."
LONDON went on to call CBS RADIO CEO JOEL HOLLANDER on the phone and put him on the air. After LONDON made a disparaging remark about PENN JILLETTE, HOLLANDER asked if he was on the air live, and when LONDON said "yes," HOLLANDER hung up.
LONDON, saying to management "radio's tough, so you're gonna have to toughen up," suggested that they could come down to the studio and tear up his contract before launching into the topic "what's your favorite animal?", apparently in response to being told by management to stop the attack. He later deflected callers' negative comments about other hosts by saying that he was "told not to talk about that," but made comments saying that he doubted he'd be back tomorrow. "This may be my last day at this radio station," LONDON said while offering listeners a stock tip (UPL, Ultra Petroleum).
Later in the show, LONDON gave a quick summary of this NET NEWS item on the air and joked "aw, come on, ALL ACCESS, you're making me look crazy. I'm not crazy!"