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'John and Ken' complaints prompt Latino groups to picket Clear Channel

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A protester's sign outside the Clear Channel offices in Burbank, Calif., Oct. 13, 2011

Several Latino organizations took their complaint against KFI-640 AM's "John and Ken" talk show to the street today, picketing outside the offices of Clear Channel Communications in Burbank to call for the firing of hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou.

The conservative talk radio duo came under fire recently after giving out the phone number of an immigrant advocacy group's spokesman on air, resulting in the man being subjected to hundreds of hate calls.  Today, representatives from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), the League of Latino American Citizens, the National Hispanic Media Coalition and other groups staged a rally outside the media company's offices at 3400 W. Olive Ave., attended by few dozen protesters.

"We call on KFI to fire them immediately," said Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, a Pasadena-based media and civil rights advocacy group.