KFI AM 640

The last episode of Seinfeld is tomorrow. You’d have to be living inside a hermetically sealed bubble to have not heard about it by now. Supposed to be the most watched sitcom episode in history, something like a billion people.

On the John and Ken Show (it’s on an L.A. talk radio station, KFI 640 AM), John has been going on about how wrapped up people get in these fictional characters and how he doesn’t understand it. I’m listening to it right now, and John is making fun of the Puerto Rican activists who are up in arms over the flag burning in the second to last Seinfeld episode. Don’t worry, John’s not racist–he hates all activists as a matter of principle. I have to say, KFI is my favorite radio station. You can listen to it anywhere on the Internet via RealAudio, which is how I’m hearing it now. I believe KFI has the most powerful signal in the country. You can get KFI as far away as San Francisco, Nevada, and Arizona. Most of the hosts are very entertaining even if you disagree with them, which I often do.

There is one exception, however. Phil Hendrie. All of his guests are staged. He rants about the stupidest little things and has a nasty habit of insulting and unceremniously hanging up on his callers. His show is the biggest waste of a 50,000 watt radio station I could possibly conceive of. I never liked him, probably because he replaced Mr. KFI, who had a fabulous show. Mr. KFI had no screener, no staged calls, nothing. You just called it to say whatever you wanted to say or talk about. It doesn’t sound like much the way I describe it, but it was great. And it got me through a lot of L.A to Orange County commutes over the years. I don’t know exactly what happened to Mr. KFI. I think he discovered he was actually adopted, and moved home to a different radio station.

  17 comments for “KFI AM 640

  1. Concern
    December 11, 2003 at 7:05 pm

    John and Ken are racist. They hate minorities and find any pinhole subject which they can turn their right wing agenda into borderline hate talk! Boycott them.

  2. December 11, 2003 at 7:16 pm

    What specifically have they said to makes you believe they are racist?

    I don’t think they hate minorities. I think they are fed up with a) lack of common sense, and b) the sense of entitlement to free food, free housing, free education, free healthcare, and free money that some people have.

  3. December 17, 2003 at 2:02 am

    This is hilarious. A post, then five years later, comments. Well, I didn’t even know they had blogs in 1998. Oh well, anyway I agree with you 100% about Hendrie. He’s an idiot. Mr. KFI was cool. I liked his in-jokes like the oath and the “one-man crusade against veganism” because it was really the first “inside joke” community where I felt like I belonged (I was about 13 when Mr. KFI moved to KABC). Now of course I have Slashdot for that. Is he still on KABC?

  4. December 17, 2003 at 11:47 am

    Before the term weblog was coined we just called them “journals”. My online journal/blog goes back to 1995, but I got rid of the oldest entries.

    Re: Mr. KFI, yes he’s still on KABC. His web site has more details: http://www.mrkabc.com/

  5. Josh
    October 14, 2004 at 5:45 am

    Anybody got tapes of Mr. KFI? I’d kill to listen to some of that classik material

  6. Josh
    October 14, 2004 at 5:45 am

    Please reply to Joshinstereo@aol.com

  7. BugsALot
    December 2, 2004 at 8:07 pm

    KKKFI in L.A. IS a racist radio station. With the exception of “Dr.” Laura and Mr. (kk)KFI (whom for years has been no longer there and is probably back in the “pen” itenciary )

    Everyone else in there talks, walks and acts like a bigot. They are bigots! Just listen to them. The good thing about it is that more and more people on the Web and everywhere else are becoming more and more aware of it and openly talking about it This station is evil.

    K, K, KFI the evil station in L.A.


  8. water
    February 5, 2005 at 2:11 pm

    Though I wouldn’t call KFI outright *evil*, I agree with BugsALot. I’m from norcal and I couldn’t believe the crap I was hearing the first time I heard John and Ken. Those guys are the most condescending bigots I’ve ever heard! But I can’t stop listening to KFI becuase Hendrie is hilarious.

  9. water
    February 9, 2005 at 2:04 am

    I can’t tell if BugsALot was being sarcastic or serious, but it doesn’t matter. Hendrie is moving to a different station anyway (a sports one), so I don’t need to listen to KFI anymore.

  10. Joe
    February 25, 2005 at 11:53 pm

    John and Ken can be idiots on SOME things. I love Hendries’ show (Lloyd Bonifide is the man). I’m glad Coast to Coast is back on at 10.

  11. Ken
    March 30, 2005 at 4:27 pm

    Well, I don’t know about anyone else mentioned above, but I live in soCal and it’s a whole different world than norCal. You have no idea what it is like down here. Overcrammed schools, hospitals overrun and closing, bankrupt economy, so on and so forth. John and Ken are not racist, they are realist. Those who are in this country legally, they have no issues with. It is those specific individuals, which now number in the millions in CA alone, that are here illegally that they have issue with. Giving special rights to those that are not even citizens of this country as well as preferable treatment is not only outrageous, but ludacris. These people are criminal by their very nature of being here and yet our hands our tied because our government is run by a bunch of spineless socialists. You may dismiss my comments as well as being racist, but you’ll be dead wrong. I am part american indian and have even been engaged to a Mexican woman, but she was here legally and don’t let color blind me. Just because someone is pointing out the obvious (granted they do it in a very dramatic way) does not constitute racism, it constitutes American citizens looking out for their own, just like every other civilized nation in this world. You think this type of illegal immigration would be allowed in any other country besides America? I don’t think so. John and Ken run a great talk show, they are not right wing whackos, but do fall on the right side of the fence. They are not racisits. They are Americans, standing up for Americans, especially those residing the great state of California, or at least it used to be.

  12. Joe
    April 6, 2005 at 12:15 am

    KFI is my station of choice. I have lived in so cal my whole life. To be honest, I have noticed more people here, period. I dont think that John and Ken are racist, never said that, just idiots on some issues. NOT the illegal immigration issue. Since about 1994 there has been an influx of not just “brown” people but “white” people as well. A street that goes though my city use to be wide open even at rush hour. NOW….. starting at about 4pm there is a back up from Brea, city to north of me trhhough Anaheim, city to south. TOOOOOOOOOO many G.D. people have moved here. Friggin pisses me off. I have accepted the fact that, less I win the lottery OR get a job paying 200 g’s a year, that I will NEVER own a home here. Even a P O S 600 sq ft home in ghettoville costs 500 g’s. Christ almighty! Southern California WAS cool…. now there are WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE HERE!

  13. Vincent
    May 7, 2005 at 10:51 pm

    I believe John and Ken are required to follow KFI’s right wing agenda. That is what they are paid to do. That is why most of the content is rather biased. I personally commend them for their work on the illegal immigration issue. They are also very good in articulating their points and are entertaining. It is very disappointing however, to hear some of the content that is targeted against minorities. An example of this would be their irreverence towards the death of Johnny Cochran on one of their shows. They ranted and raved as to why people were making a big deal of his death. They also made a mockery of his funeral service. This is just unnecessary and disrespectful. The semi-racism in here is the bashing of Johnny Cochran after he died. What purpose does this serve? Nothing, but to convince you that he was a “bad” person because of his work on the O.J. case. I am happy for the fact that blacks actually had their revenge on the outcome of the Rodney King beating trial. (By the way, I am not African-American in case you were wondering)

  14. Lardog
    May 8, 2005 at 9:36 am

    John and Ken,Bill Handel,and John Zigler are all bringing up very
    important issues concerning illegal immergration. My main gripe is
    I wish they would do it without all the yelling!! Nah – that’s not true
    My main gripe is why they don’t post a picture of Jessica before she
    kicks Bill’s ass for harassment.

  15. Jim
    May 10, 2005 at 10:10 pm

    The Phil Hendrie Show is brilliant satire. It’s a comedy, if you are not laughing, you just don’t get it. I have no reason to listen to KFI not that he was moved to the sports station. I will now just listen to his show via an IPOD type device. (His show can be downloaded via his subscription website.) I support John and Kens agenda regarding the illegal immigration problem. Though I agree with them politically , I think they are probably racist. If you read (or listen) between the lines, they really seem to be very hateful, but not in a funny Howard Stern or Phil Hendrie way. It seems as if they are enjoying themselves too much. (Give them a listen, you have to be there.) It’s a turnoff. My own opinion surprises me as I think racism is generally an overblown issue, and the wrong people get accused of racism. But in the case of John and Ken, they should get KKKs Daniel Carver (frequent Stern guest) to join the team, wake up !!

  16. Bill
    May 23, 2005 at 7:19 pm

    I love the John and Ken, and Bill Handel shows. The views expressed are shared by the majority of the shows listening audience. Yes, I don’t agree with 100% of the comments, nobody should.

    As for the simple minded morons, that like to throw around the racist word, I don’t ever recall any racist statements being made on either shows. Illegal immigration is the closest thing to racism that is expressed, however it has nothing to do with race, its nationalism. This country is made of many races, and ALL of these races have a view (for or against) illegal immigration. Oh, did i mention that they are talking about “ILLEGAL” immigration.

    So all you knuckle-heads that dont like KFI or any of their shows, please keep listening, because I love to watch lower life forms panicking when they cant get what they want.

  17. Peter
    December 9, 2005 at 12:02 am

    Anyone who says that John & Ken are racists obviously are ignorant and uninformed. There is a reason why they have an extremely high-rated show on the most popular talk station in America. They tell the truth and take no crap from anyone. not politically correct, but hell, political correctness is what is wrong with this country these days. I challenge anyone who believes that “J&K” are racist to cite specific examples. I noticed no one did…just vauge generalities. They are often called bigots and “hate-filled” and many other names. That is because those who disagree with them often have nothing else to say. “KKKFI” IS THE BEST, because they refuse to be bullied and pushed into apologizing for anything they do or say….oh and by the way Phil Hendrie is HILARIOUS!!! TOOKIE MUST DIE!!!!!!

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