London Not Calling At Free FM/SF Anymore
April 10, 2006 at 3:29 PM (PT)
CBS Talk KIFR (106.9 FREE FM)/SAN FRANCISCO afternoon host JOHN LONDON was fired FRIDAY (4/7) along with producer DENNIS CRUZ and sidekick CHRIS TOWNSEND.
CRUZ tells ALL ACCESS that the hammer was dropped after an on-air incident THURSDAY involving LONDON's reponse to comments by syndicated FREE FM host PENN JILLETTE. LONDON objected to JILLETTE's negative comments about MOTHER TERESA ("a bad, bad person") and parodied JILLETTE's free-speech stance by challenging JILLETTE's belief that words don't hurt people and people should be able to say what they want with an offer of cash for someone to kill JILLETTE. After someone in the studio asked about torture, LONDON said "come on now, that would be in bad taste." The show was replaced by a rerun FRIDAY and the show was terminated.
KIFR's only official response for ALL ACCESS to the story is the statement "JOHN LONDON is no longer with the station." On MONDAY, CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KTLK-A/LOS ANGELES weekender JOHNNY WENDELL was handling the afternoon slot on KIFR.
Reach DENNIS, JOHN, and the "JOHN LONDON'S INFERNO" crew at email@example.com.