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.
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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!