Interview with Tom Leykis on His Revived Radio Show, Anacrime, and Why KFI's John and Ken are Pathetic!

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Just a week into his revived radio show, and one forgets that Tom Leykis was off the air for a couple of years after the demise of KLSX-FM 97.1. He's back to his natural, hilarious, ranting self over at blowmeuptom.com, blowing up listeners Kobe style and all sorts of other styles. The first couple of days were devoted to Leykis taking calls from his adoring audience, a slew of guys and gals so ecstatic that their Dad was back that you half-expected them to declare Leykis Jeebus.

Tom was kind enough to take some questions from us--and OF COURSE I asked about his favorite radio personalities, KFI's John Kobyalt and Ken Chiampou, whom Leykis memorably called "total fucking pussies" for apologizing for their Whitney Houston "crack ho" crack.

OC Weekly: One week in, how are you feeling? Have the listeners resposne and their numbers blown you away?

I'm feeling AMAZING. We are way ahead of where we thought we'd be at this point. We had to use so many servers on Day One to handle all the overflow of listeners, we are still calculating how many listeners we had on Day One and in Week One. One thing we know for sure: over 80,000 heard us in Week One ON OUR WEBSITE ALONE from 100 countries. That doesn't include the listeners on all the various media players that people use to hear the show such as TuneIn, Windows Media Player and others. Thousands of people hear our 24 hour stream who may not have heard us if they only had the choice of listening when we're live in the late afternoon.

I noticed that Anaheim ranked in your top 10 list of cities with the most listeners to your show. Did that surprise you? Why Anacrime as opposed to other citites in OC?

I an not surprised that Anacrime is one of our top cities. It always was! It just happens to be a big OC city with a big Mexican population, and wherever there's a big Mexican population, we have a lot of listeners. We have even have thousands of listeners now in Mexico itself! And those listeners had to have either lived in SoCal at one time or have family that does.

Given the new format, are you planning to substantially change your style? More cursing, more graphic conversations?

Our plan is not for more gratuitously conversations, but to simply let people speak the way they naturally speak, and for me to speak the way I naturally speak. My style can naturally be more relaxed now, too, because we run way less commercials than before and because I work for myself now without management breathing down my neck.

Any plans for OC events in the future?

We definitely plan for OC events in the future, but for starters, we are staying in the studio making sure that everything is buletproof. Any day we get through an entire show without a glitch or a technical interruption, we get closer to being able to break out from the studio and do fun things away from it. I'd love to do something in OC this summer.

Finally, any words for your favorite total fucking pussies, JohnKen?

You will notice that John & Ken never said a peep about my calling them "total fucking pussies." I would bet a substantial sum that is not only because they know it's true, but because I'd guess they've been told by management at KFI that they are not ALLOWED to respond. Imagine big, bad John & Ken, who "tell it like it is" and who the station calls "fearless" being told by management what they can and can't say!

Hey, John & Ken! If you indeed "tell it like it is," tell us what the management told you that you can and can't talk about! Perhaps Weekly readers would like to call John & Ken at 1-800-520-1KFI and demand to know what it is they can and can't say? Let's see how "fearless" they really ARE!

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Matt
Matt

The real sad thing here (aside from all the irrelevant rantings from TL haters/lovers vs the J&K haters/lovers) is none of their shows would even be on the air if not for the cutting edge majesty of Dr. Demento and the Mighty 690. Respect!

Tom Leykis
Tom Leykis

One more thing: whatever it is that you DO know about me indicates that, no matter how much you all protest, you are all listeners. I love it! Keep hurling your illiterate and misinformed shit until this blog is NUMBER ONE!

Tom Leykis
Tom Leykis

I love that so many of you seem to think that you know so much about me! And how ironic that,  the more shit you post here, the higher this blog ranks in the OC Weekly list of "Most Popular Stories," and the more people read it and come to listen to us! Thanks so much for all your support everyone!

Tom the role model
Tom the role model

Tom Leykis regularly tells his listeners about his many failed marriages -- all four of them. It's not something he's proud of, but he also says that he was more unhappy being married than he is being unmarried. One look at them and one can see why. His marriage to award-winning journalist Christina Gonzales ended when he discovered that she was having an affair. Another marriage to a show listener was done within a year. His most recent (and most volatile) wife, Susan, divorced him in the aftermath of post-Christmas party allegations of spousal assault.

Tom the role model
Tom the role model

Tom Leykis, 47, was busted in December 1993 after his then-wife Susan told cops that he struck her in the head with a drinking glass during an argument in their home. Leykis then allegedly "pushed the victim's head into a brick fireplace" and "threatened to kill her," according to the below Boston Police incident report, which notes that officers observed a large bump on Susan Leykis's head as well as scratch marks on one forearm. After a complaint application was filed in Boston Municipal Court, Leykis was formally charged with felony assault and battery and threatening to commit a crime, a misdemeanor.

Hal Jalikakik
Hal Jalikakik

It's pretty funny that Leykis has ended up on the internet after mocking podcasts and his colleagues when 97.1 went down in flames. He definitely is the cunning linguist and master debater he claims to be but also a pompous blowhard that should acknowledge he's no visionary but a coattail rider.

peaceloveunderstanding
peaceloveunderstanding

What do Tom Lykis and Nik Richie of The Dirty have in common? They are both women haters who tell people what to think - when they cant think for themselves. 

peaceloveunderstanding
peaceloveunderstanding

ahh the OC Weekly,  where a holes like Tom Leykis are praised while healing practitioners are made fun of... #progressive

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

Leykis lost his show when the station went out of business and John and Ken are still there. That says alot, but I still sometimes listen to Leykis when I feel like it.Now he's on KFI too, so he got one hell of a deal, but he can't match John and Ken.I'd rather listen to Coast to Coast AM

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

John and Ken are still ON THE AIR and Leykis is not. "You get my meaning/point, watch the beat". - Anthrax

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

john and Ken are still ON THE AIR and Leykis is not.

"You get my meaning/point, watch the beat". - Anthrax

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

"Tom was kind enough to take some questions from us--and OF COURSE I asked about his favorite radio personalities, KFI's John Kobyalt and Ken Chiampou, whom Leykis memorably called "total fucking pussies" for apologizing for their Whitney Houston "crack ho" crack". - (It's Kobyelt not Kobyalt) and besides she had crack cocaine in her system. So underneath it all they were right, she was a "crack ho". They're right winger Republinuts but funny at times and very controversial.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

Tom was kind enough to take some questions from us--and OF COURSE I asked about his favorite radio personalities, KFI's John Kobyalt and Ken Chiampou, whom Leykis memorably called "total fucking pussies" for apologizing for their Whitney Houston "crack ho" crack.(It's Kobyelt not Kobyalt) and besides she had crack cocaine in her system. So underneath it all they were right, she was a "crack ho". They're right winger Republinuts but funny at times and very controversial.

Clam bone
Clam bone

Tom calling out John and Ken is like a drunken Fontucky resident at a NASCAR event calling out Earnheart. People just slowly move away from the crazy guy.....

Tom Leykis
Tom Leykis

Glad to see how many of you are regular listeners! And how the people who think they came up with the nastiest comments are all anonymous with screen names that look like children scribbling. It's clear that most of you are regular listeners brcause you know waaaaaaay too much about what we do. Thanks for your business!

909Jeff
909Jeff

"Our plan is not for more gratuitously conversations, but to simply let people speak the way they naturally speak, and for me to speak the way I naturally speak"

The way you naturally speak Tom?  What... With a mouthful of jelly doughnuts and hot dog stuffed crust pizza?  

In the 80's when I was a kid I used to love to go to the arcade to play video games... the average age range was from 10-17 but there was always that one or two 40+ guys who would hang out. As kids we thought they were cool but when you get older you realize that they are actually creepy losers... Tom is that creepy loser.

Clam bone
Clam bone

Blowing up listeners Kobe style? Really? High school stuff or what. ROFLMAO

Zypyxx
Zypyxx

Tom is an old fat bastard pathetically trying to tell his measly 80k listeners that because of his money that he actually gets laid. He's nothing but an old, fat pile of crap. John and Ken have 10 times the amount of listeners than Tom does. They beat his fat ass when he was on the radio and now they kick his fat ass again!!John and Ken think nothing of this fat ass which is why they haven't bothered to mention him because Tom is a NOBODY!!!!!!

bobalu
bobalu

The Tom haters were all raised by single mothers and are now getting brow beat by their fat old ladies (if they can even hang onto them, even fat chicks can't stand pussies). 

Follow Tom's advice if you want to get laid and paid, it's never too late, even for you pussies.

bruce lee
bruce lee

Yo kwelch29 too bad you can't trade ratings for Balls cause john and ken have none!!...... that's what this whole thing was about stupid.

Tom Leykis
Tom Leykis

Had to reach back 19 years to find something to try and use against me! 19 years during which I accumulated enough wealth to buy and sell you dozens of times over! I know you're jealous. Thanks for caring so much!

bruce lee
bruce lee

Gustavo is right none of you john and ken jock sniffers can disprove the fact that those two sissies have any balls like I've stated the talk alot of shit but back down when really confronted especially on person.

bruce lee
bruce lee

Why are all you john and ken 'sheep' so offended just because Tom Leykis stated the ovious? I listen to Tom and sometimes to john and ken and they are pussies if john wasn't he would have responded to the guy he cut off at the In & Out drive through intead of curling in his car like a b**ch or hiding from the two guys that he had that fender bender with... 'fearless' really? I call that b**ch made and as for 'stimulating' the only one stimulated is ken when he looks into johns eyes!!!!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

 What's funny is that none of you JohnKen fanboys can offer a retort to Tom's point: that if they're so badass, why did they apologize like the wimps they are for their Whitney Houston comment? Speaking truth to power? HA!

909Jeff
909Jeff

Correction Tom... We WERE (past tense) listeners... Which is why your not on the air anymore. Good luck with your internet show and making 17 year olds giggle... 

And no I dont care, eh eh eh eh eh... 

Paul Steven
Paul Steven

 If Tom is "nobody" as you say...then why are you commenting on a blog post about Tom?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Man, the hard-on JohnKen fans have for their heroes is worthy of a spread in Blue Boy...

slashandshimmy
slashandshimmy

Get bent you hideous faggot, that's all you have, YOUR FILTHY MONEY (simply from worthless soulless contribute-nothing-to-humanity advertising that you peddled for years), and you think that makes you better than the rest of us!! A lot of good it will do you when you succumb to illnesses more and more, you fat ugly loser,and just because I am not a cocksucking backstabbing thieving lying schemer like you and the rest of your fellow 1 % asshats, does not make you "holier" or less shit-stinking than I or anyone, and wtf does that EVEN MEAN, "buy and sell you" ...JACKASS, ARE YOU SAYING YOU WANT SLAVERY BACK, SO WE CAN BE UR SLAVES???? GO EAT SHIT AND DIE U UGLY LOSER HAS BEEN!!! TRY TO "BUY ME" PAL, AND YOU'LL SOON WISH YOU HADN'TDON'T FUCK WITH THE LITTLE PEOPLE, THINK YER BETTER, LET'S SEE FOR HOW LONGTHE ARROGANT RICH PRICKS OF THE WORLD LIKE YOU WHO LOOK DOWN ON US COMMONERS BETTER WATCH THEIR FUCKING BACKS COME SHTF ...

Kwelch29
Kwelch29

John and Ken shit higher ratings than you by noon fat ass. 

bruce lee
bruce lee

Hey 'tom the role model' .....What the f**k does Leykis' criminal record have to do with john and ken being pussies?.....you're an idiot, just step away from the compute4 Pendejo!

909Jeff
909Jeff

Probably because everyone who collects a paycheck from a corpo entity is beholden to someone... I don't listen to them, but if all that stood in the way of me and a PHAT paycheck was an apology... I'd do it too. Shit, I'd apologize for absolutely nothing for one of their paychecks! 

I know you have a shit ton of latitude but if the execs at VVM came asking for you to apologize for something or get canned you would be quick to say...  No quise ofenderte.  e juro que no lo volveré a hacer

Clam bone
Clam bone

gussy boy, you haven't a clue. Laughable.

Phil McKraken
Phil McKraken

 I'm replying to this blog because it also has to do with John and Ken, and how this fat pile of crap is pathetically trying to make himself out to be a bigshot and call John and Ken a number of names.

"You will notice that John & Ken never said a peep about my calling them "total fucking pussies." I would bet a substantial sum that is not only because they know it's true, but because I'd guess they've been told by management at KFI that they are not ALLOWED to respond. Imagine big, bad John & Ken, who "tell it like it is" and who the station calls "fearless" being told by management what they can and can't say!"

Oh sorry JACKASS, but John and Ken haven't mentioned this fat pile of crap because he's a NOBODY!!!!!  So Tom can have his 80k uneducated, immature, drone listeners while John and Ken have over 1 MILLION listeners everyday!!!  Yeah, Tom is really a NOBODY!!!!

909Jeff
909Jeff

Why do we post on here period?  For me its funny that I can write one little sentence on a mesage board and piss off a bunch of people... 

Phil McKraken
Phil McKraken

 Hey, if you want to love a fat pile of insignificant crap, that's your right buddy.

Clam bone
Clam bone

you aren't doing too bad either with your love of Tom. 

Novajehova
Novajehova

 So are you saying that Whitney Housing was accurate coined a "Crack Whore"?  You can get away with it solely on the fact that you exist in a shadow of public dis-interest- who the fuck are you anyway?  .....the rat on John and Ken's coat-tail!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Only something we fucked up on (facts, etc.) would we ever apologize. Otherwise, tough tamales for all!

Clam bone
Clam bone

Zombie audience? Gustavo, you must be tagging along behind tommy because you think it may have something in it for you. Better go off to your book signing, 3 people may be in line ROFLMAO. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

The funny thing is that JohnKen and their crew read EVERYTHING people write about them and cry and stew like the Little Lord Fauntleroys they are...instead, they get their zombie audience like yourself to do the bitching for them. Congrats!

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

For me its funny that I can write one little sentence on a mesage board and piss off a bunch of people... 

I like that comment!

Novajehova
Novajehova

 You exhibit your racial bias on a regular basis(just and FYI). Estupido!

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

gustavoarellano: Took the job away from Will Swaim, too bad, Swaim was real good and deserves to have the job back. The thickness of the magazine has suffered and there isn't much content as before. But if I was Swaim I wouldn't want the job back unless the salary he makes no is better than before, he collaberating with the OC weekly again tough through other organizations.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

gustavoarellano: Took the job away from Will Swaim, too bad, Swaim was real good and deserves to have the job back. The thickness of the magazine has suffered and there isn't much content as before. But if I was Swaim I wouldn't want the job back unless the salary he makes no is better than before, he colaberating with the OC weekly again tough through other organizations.

Zypyxx
Zypyxx

You don't know shit about the inner workings of KFI. Shut the F up!!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

You, like me? Please. You don't know shit about me, but go back to sucking off JohnKen since it gives you so much pleasure! And I know more about KFI's inner workings than I care to admit.

Clam bone
Clam bone

Sorry Gustavvo, you are a racist who's only defense is to call people names. i used to like you until I found out the true you, a coward. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

 Sorry, chulo, just reporting the facts: Tom is badass, JohnKen are racist cowards who can't back their shit up.

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