California Black Leaders Want Local DJs Fired

The state’s Black Caucus says that KFI-AM hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou acted inappropriately by calling the deceased Whitney Houston derogatory names. 

Posted: 02/27/2012 02:16 PM EST

Black leaders in California are outraged over controversial remarks made by two Los Angeles-based disk jockeys, and now they are demanding resignations from the hosts.

 

Leaders of California’s Legislative Black Caucus are scheduled to meet with station management at KFI-AM (640) to request the resignations of talk show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou.

 

The caucus and others say the hosts used “hateful vitriol” and “uncivil and off-color antics on the airways,” following the death of singer Whitney Houston. Their derogatory comments about the deceased singer included referring to her as a “crack h*e.”

 

The pair is expected to return to the air following a suspension that lasted a little more than a week, but opponents say a suspension is not enough.

 

"There are many thoughtful and talented journalists in Southern California," Sen. Curren D. Price Jr. (D-Los Angeles) told the LA Times. "KFI-AM needs to replace John and Ken with some of them. I'm sure their radio sponsors will be grateful."

 

Community activist Najee Ali and representatives for several groups, including the Los Angeles Urban League and the Los Angeles chapter of the National Assn. of Black Journalists, have also openly expressed their support of exiling the men from the air waves.

 

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