Five "Hate Radio" Lines from KFI AM 640 Hosts
Thursday, the National Hispanic Media Coalition released a report titled, "American Hate Radio: How a Powerful Outlet for Democratic Discourse Has Deteriorated into Hate, Racism and Extremism." Included are complaints listeners filed with the FCC and, sure enough, LA-based and OC-heard KFI AM 640 is a frequent target. But, amazingly, the heat extends beyond the Clear Channel station's beloved/reviled John and Ken Show. After the jump are our five favorite alleged sources of complaints against KFI . . .
These complaints are yanked from the report--whose full version you can see at nhmc.org/hateradio--so keep in mind this is what listeners said they heard, not necessarily what the hosts said. Oh, and be sure to scroll down to the disclaimer at the end of this post.
John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou spread the love.
A "stupid, illegal alien, leafblower guy" blew dust while one host played tennis, making him want to "pound him to a pulp with my racket."
--The John and Ken Show, December 2009
"So, if we . . . really enforce our borders and get into euthanasia, for example . . . and get rid of, let's say, Armenians . . ."
--The Bill Handel Show, no date given
Mexicans "bring their third-world habits and foul our life."
--The John and Ken Show, no date given
As Handel cooks, Latino group turns up the heat.
"Everyday is a hit-a-Jew day."
--The Bill Handel Show, October 2008
DISCLAIMER: Report compilers and complainers may be unaware that Handel is a satirist and John, Ken and Rush are cartoon characters.