Tim Conway Jr to take over KFI night slot

This from the OCR:

Tim Conway Jr. will replace Bryan Suits 7-10 p.m. weeknights on KFI/640 AM starting Monday, Jan. 18, the station announced Friday.

“Bryan came to us and said he wanted to move back home to Seattle where his family lives,” said program director Robin Bertolucci. “Tim is a huge talent and we are very glad to have him on board in a larger capacity.”

Conway, who has been doing weekends since last summer, will continue to do his 4-7 p.m. Saturday program. He had relocated to Oregon, but is moving back to Los Angeles next week, he said.

“I grew up listening to KFI and never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be anything more than a listener. If you compare KFI to baseball, it’s absolutely equivalent to playing for the New York Yankees. Back in the early ’90s, I used to send demo tapes to John & Ken. Recently, John Kobylt revealed that he would give those tapes to his kids so they could record music.”

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KFI’s Chris Little on a Redondo Beach “genius”

KFI newsman Chris Little reports on his blog about the unusual arrest of a 22-year-old guy in the beach cities:

A man spotted taking a leak on a Redondo Beach Police squad car has been arrested.  Manhattan Beach genius Shane Mahoney, who, surprisingly has made it to the age of 22, was booked Monday night for investigation of public drunkenness and resisting arrest.

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Tuesday’s Column (The recall of Anthony Adams)

Paul Horcher Monday had some advice for Anthony Adams: “Hire a good lawyer.”

Adams, a Republican who represents the 59th state Assembly District is facing a recall that will probably end his political career.

Adams had better surround himself with only the most able advisors, Horcher said.

“I’d tell him, `you can defeat these things,”‘ Horcher said. “`Get a good campaign organizer who can do good polling.”‘

As for the opposition Adams will face: “They will get very serious. They mean business,” Horcher added.

He should know.

A Republican who once represented Diamond Bar in the state Assembly, Horcher earned the distinction of being the first state legislator recalled by voters in 80 years. No one remembers who the other guy was.

Horcher’s recall came on the heels of his vote to make San Francisco Democrat Willie Brown speaker of the California State Assembly.

The vote against the GOP and its leader Jim Brulte cast Horcher as a key figure in a battle of political ideology that reverberates through the state to this day.

Term limits, continued gerrymandering and total Democratic control of the state legislature since the late 1990s likely stemmed from that one vote.

“I was just a middle of the road individual,” Horcher said. “Both sides try to run me over.”

Nonetheless, the GOP mounted a recall that ended in Horcher being tossed from office by a conservative electorate ticked off over higher taxes and scared of the Bogeyman they saw in Brown.

Last week for voters in the San Gabriel Valley, it was deja vu all over again.

Voters in Adams’ district (and around the state) got ticked off when the assemblyman broke ranks with his party and voted for a state budget that includes the most onerous tax increases ever imposed on Californians.

In the 1995 recall, the campaign to oust Horcher was led by a spurned Brulte and a Republican Party which marshalled money and the political might to throw their former colleague out of office.

After a lopsided loss, Horcher left Sacramento and took a job as Sanitation Commissioner under Willie Brown when he became mayor of San Francisco. Horcher’s semi-retired now and splits time between the City and and a home in Diamond Bar.

A mere 14 years ago, the Internet, still powered by 56k modems and a loose collection of ham radio-type geeks, played a minor role in politics.

Talk radio pretty much stayed out of the fray.

How times have changed. Elected Republicans seem to be siding with their colleague Adams. They’ve poured no money into the recall effort and the GOP leadership has given no visible support to the groundswell of righteous anti-tax sentiment.

Instead, the call to recall is coming from the grassroots, stoked by anger over taxes, Internet bloggers and the powerful talk radio duo of John and Ken.

As Horcher sees it, Adams faces an uphill battle.

“Probably the only thing he can do at this point is find a good judge,” Horcher said. “That’s probably the only way he’ll ever derail this thing.”

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LAPD cop charged with lying about attack

Here’s what KFI’s Eric Leonard has to say. he’s got some docs on the Web as well:

Prosecutors have charged a wounded ex-LAPD officer with insurance fraud and arson for allegedly torching his luxury car and lying about a supposed ambush at his East Los Angeles home.

Anthony Razo, 49, had not been arrested late Wednesday, and was expected to appear in court this week.

KFI NEWS reported Tuesday Razo had quit the department after he was relieved of duty amidst the criminal investigation.

The charges allege Razo burned his 2005 BMW 745 IL sedan January 4, falsely reported it stolen, then made false insurance claims for the car and some expensive items inside, including golf clubs, a ring, a watch, and shoes.

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Tuesday’s column (head on a stick)

In the face of a rising tide of constituent outrage, State Assemblyman Anthony Adams on Monday defended his vote for a state budget that will force Californians to pay more taxes.

Adams argues he had to support the scheme. There was no combination of $42 billion in necessary cuts that would balance California’s bloated and out-of-control budget.

Instead, the deepest cuts will be in our wallets – $12.2 billion in tax increases.

“It wasn’t a vote I wanted to make,” Adams said Monday. “It was a necessary vote. Specifically the state was facing insolvency and there was no literal good that could come from letting the state run out of money. There were no foreseeable solutions.”

The idea that we will all bleed the death of a 1,000 cuts to our income has fueled a taxpayer revolt unseen in California since the Jarvis and Gann Prop. 13 of the 1970s.

Some might argue that the new revolt is being led by KFI’s John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou. The pair gathered thousands of their listeners in a Fullerton parking lot Saturday to let Adams and his Sacramento cronies know enough is enough.

Their campaign is called “Head on a Stick.” It supports the recall of Adams, R-Claremont; state Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria; and state Assemblyman Jeff Miller, R-Corona.

Adams doesn’t really care for the campaign.

“It makes me embarrassed that we live in a society that thinks someone’s head on a stick is a joke.” Adams said. “We should be able live in a society that is not violent when it comes to disagreements.”

Kobylt replied Monday.

“That’s how people react when a lying thief steals $50 billion of their tax money,” Kobylt said.

In recent days both Kobylt and Chiampou have accused Adams of admitting to a backroom deal among Republicans in Sacramento, who wanted a budget deal and realized three of their own would have to be sacrificial lambs.

Adams said the talk show hosts misrepresent what he said in an interview on public radio several weeks ago.

“That’s just nonsense,” Adams said. “They read into the comment … I was explaining why the deal was a good deal. I was explaining as a leadership we don’t want to have more than three vote for the budget. It’s all that was necessary. They’ve taken it to mean it was some kind of backroom deal.”

When the budget vote came up: “Every member voted their own conscience,” Adams said. “I voted mine.”

At one time, the district that Adams represents may have been the most conservative in the state. I remember when Dick Mountjoy used to boast that he voted no on every budget that came down the pike.

Mountjoy saw it as his duty to limit tax hikes and protect his constituents. And no matter what anybody thought of him, he did just that.

While Adams proclaimed his hatred of taxes on Monday, he admitted he was not Mountjoy’s heir.

“I’m Anthony Adams,” he said. “I am my own man.”

Unfortunately, he’s not the taxpayers’ man.

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Hot air fills balloon debate

There was a rally of sorts at Pasadena’s Memorial Park Wednesday. KFI’s John and Ken brought about 75 listeners out to express their anger about state Sen. Jack Scott’s proposal to ban Mylar balloons.

I thought the event would be fun, as these two guys are pretty good as expressing the welled up angst and anger of their demographic (which I fall into) …But honestly I was kind of bored.

The KFI crew seemed pretty bored too.

For what its worth, Ken looked downright angry at times, especially during a couple of very minor technical snafus.

That said, I thought the latex balloon effigy of Jack Scott was pretty cool

In the end, I heard more “facts” and “figures” about Mylar balloons in an hour yesterday than I’ve heard about the Lakers/Celtics series on Sports talk radio this week. I think it would have been more fun if Kobylt and Chiampou camped outside Staples Center to protest fixed NBA officiating, or perhaps they could have set up shop in front of LA City Hall to find out why Mayor Villaraigosa’s transportation deputy drives a Hummer.

OK. By way of full disclosure, I’ve seen these guys do two other remote shows.

One was outside OJ’s Brentwood house in the days after Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were slashed to death — but before OJ was arrested. They were pretty entertaining that day …there’s even a YouTube video of the event —where I’ve seen a much younger version of me interviewing somebody.

The other was in the protest pit outside the 1996 Rebuplican Convention in San Diego. That was pretty funny, because as I remember it John and Ken picked a slow day and seemed desperate to talk to somebody who was mad about Bob Dole (as if he had a chance).

Those shows were a lot more fun, even without Pasadena dignitary Aaron Proctor on hand to provide some comic relief.

BTW, former KFI Talkshow host John Ziegler thinks these shows are completely phony. Here’s his Web site recalling his stint at the station.

Here’s John and Ken defending their antics.

Here’s my pictures:
















A balloon effigy of state Sen. Jack Scott.
















As you can see the “rally” turnout was pretty low.














Pasadena gadfly and politician and wrestling promoter Aaron Proctor providing the laughs.

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