Companies Pull Ads from Hateful Radio Show in California


The consumer boycott of a Californian ‘hate radio’ show appears to be having an impact with two big advertisers saying they are pulling ads.

A coalition of twenty mainly Latino groups launched the campaign earlier this month against KFI’s “John and Ken” show after the show disclosed an activist’s phone number and he received hundreds of vulgar messages.

Verizon and AT&T Wireless have pulled ads and Vons and Ralphs, which have advertised on the show in the past, have agreed to not advertise in the future.

Hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou broadcast the phone number of a local activist for the California DREAM Act, Jorge-Mario Cabrera. The Act, which helps undocumented students get financial aid for post-secondary education, was signed into law on Saturday, October 8th.

Cabrera got more than 450 calls.

“We don’t want your people here,” one started. “You are dirty, you don’t have any social skills, you don’t have skills to support yourselves. You incite riots, you incite the American people. I hope you fall off the face of the earth.”

The National Hispanic Media Coalition has been holding demonstrations in front of KFI’s offices in Burbank chanting slogans such as “KFI drop the hate” and “John and Ken must go.”

John and Ken have apologized on air, but Cabrera says that was “a well-calculated, manipulative, and insulting public relations stunt meant to appease the opposition.”

“If John and Ken are sincerely apologetic about fostering distrust, resentment, and hate in Los Angeles, they would do the honorable thing and walk out into the sunset and never return. Anything else is putrid leftovers,” Cabrera wrote on Huffington Post.

KFI are defending the “John and Ken” show on the grounds of 1st Amendment rights.

David Rodriguez, spokesman for the League of United Latin American Citizens, disagrees, saying:

“It’s one thing to run out and express your free speech, but it’s quite another to turn around and demonize a community and victimize a community of hard-working immigrant folks, who all they want to do is make a living and be part of this society.”

The coalition opposing the show saw that after Cabrera’s phone number was aired, KFI agreed to meet with them to discuss their concerns but then cancelled.

KFI say they cancelled when it became clear the coalition wouldn’t settle for anything less than firing the radio hosts. Instead, they say they have met with other Latino groups “to have an open, fruitful discussion about any concerns they may have.”

Other activists and commentators have described the consumer boycott as ‘trying to win a hissing contest with a snake.’

Alex Nogales, the coalition’s president, predicts that more advertisers will pull advertising.


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Photo credit: Jean-Pierre "PETE" LeClair


Gary A L.
Gary L7 years ago

yelling fire in a crowded theater is not protected free speech and neither is what these two did

Rita White
Rita White7 years ago

I agee with Winn A

Ira L.
Ellie L7 years ago

Ask all these nay sayers who their grandparents, or great grandparents were when they came to America? They were "immigrants." Some legal, some illegal. No one threw them out. Imagine if the authorities did throw them out. You wouldn't be here to complain about immigration. Borders should be protected, but there should be a path to citizenship for all decent, hard-working, honest immigrants who want to improve their lives and those. of their children..

Shalvah Landy
Past Member 7 years ago

----- is not not like -----------, not the same sex, colour, religion or whatever so ----------- hates ---------- . Because ------- is different ---------- is responsible for everything wrong in ---------- life....
Wake up and be conscious of what is really happening! And boycott those who promote hatred.

Sue H.
Sue H7 years ago

Wow, they should be fired for disclosing a persons phone number. Hate mongering should
never be accepted. Boycott!

Sound Mind
Ronald E7 years ago


Andrew Carvin
Andrew Carvin7 years ago

John and Ken should be fired.

If I owned the radio station they would already be gone, and standing in line with the people they hate so much.

KFI needs to get with the @#$!ing program, and recognise it's 2011.

Hateful ignorant @#$! just doesn't fly any more.

Deborah L.
Deborah Lashever7 years ago

Advertisers should pull all their ads from the whole radio station.

And no one should ever listen to KFI again. Ever.

That would send a message.

Winn Adams
Winn A7 years ago

The best way to protest is to let the sponsors know you won't buy their products if they advertise on radio or TV shows that are unethical and hate mongers. If you hit a company in the wallet they take note and listen.

William Y.
William Y7 years ago

I agree with Robert O.