Tom Leykis Biography
Tom Leykis is an American talk radio personality best known for hosting The Tom Leykis Show from 1994 to 2009 and April 2012 to 2018.
The show follows the hot talk format, which brought Leykis much success, particularly in the Southern California radio market. Due to the provocative nature of the show, Leykis has often been described as a shock jock. The show’s best-known feature is “Leykis 101”, in which he purports to teach men “how to get laid” while spending the least amount of time, money, and effort.
Tom Leykis Age
She was born on August 1, 1956, The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States.
Tom Leykis Family
He was born at a time when his parents, Harry, and Laura, lived in the Bronx. Leykis spent his early childhood in The Bronx, New York City, New York and has two sisters (Terry, Anne) and a brother (Jim). He is of Irish, Jewish and Ukrainian descent. His Jewish grandfather, who originated in Kyiv, Ukraine, emigrated to Lithuania and later to the United States at the turn of the 20th century presumably to escape the historical anti-Semitic pogroms in the Russian Empire.
Tom Leykis has repeatedly stated that his lineage is irrelevant to his life and his accomplishments in the radio business. His father was a union leader at The New York Post.
At a point in his childhood, he moved with his family to Selden, Long Island, where he completed high school and graduated at 16 from Newfield High School. He then moved away from the family home to study broadcasting at Fordham University and dropped out due to financial issue.
Tom Leykis Wife
He was married to Susan Leykis from 1993 to 2003.
Tom Leykis Show
The Tom Leykis Show began in 1994 broadcasting from Los Angeles. Originally the show was often political in nature, a fact Leykis highlighted at the start of every episode by proclaiming his show the only radio talk show that is “not hosted by a right-wing wacko or a convicted felon”, references to radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and G. Gordon Liddy, respectively. In addition to politics, the most commonly discussed relationships, religion (Leykis is an atheist) and other issues. On Fridays, listeners were allowed to call in and talk about anything they wanted, in contrast to other days when Leykis established a single topic for each hour of the show.
Friday was also the usual day for live appearances in cities around the U.S. when Leykis would broadcast from a bar or other public place with an audience present. The free-for-all subject matter and large crowds led to a rowdy atmosphere on Friday shows, and it was in this context that “Flash Fridays” began.
In 1997, Leykis’s show was picked up by KLSX, an FM talk station in Los Angeles that also carried The Howard Stern Show. The station became the flagship for the show and Leykis began to tone down the political aspect of the show around this time and started the “Leykis 101” segment soon after.
In 2002, The Tom Leykis Show was briefly heard on an irregular basis in New York City on WNEW. Leykis was moved to afternoons from nights to replace the recently fired Opie and Anthony of The Opie and Anthony Show. Leykis later reflected on his comparative lack of success in the New York market, explaining that the station never truly got behind him, “We were talking to [WNEW Show Director Mark Chernoff] about the show being on the station on a regular basis. He said, “This show will never work in New York.” Now, that may be true or it may not be true but how do you know until the people have had a chance to listen to it?”.
In addition to his weekday show, Leykis began hosting a new syndicated weekend show called The Tasting Room in February 2005, covering lifestyle topics such as wine and spirits, luxury cars, and high-end technology. With the departure of Howard Stern to satellite radio in January 2006, KLSX became known on-air as “97.1 Free FM” – so-called to highlight that its stations broadcast free-to-air, funded by commercials, whereas satellite radio requires a subscription fee.
The station was produced by CBS Radio as part of its Free FM format, and The Tom Leykis Show was broadcast in a number of affiliate markets nationwide including but not limited to Portland, Dallas, Seattle, Phoenix, Las Vegas as well as multiple California markets in addition to its Los Angeles flagship such as San Diego and San Francisco. Talkers Magazine, analyzing Arbitron data, show that Leykis has an estimated listening minimum weekly cume of over 1.75 million for Spring 2007, based on a national sample.
On February 20, 2009, KLSX changed its format to Top 40 (CHR) under economic pressures, and The Tom Leykis Show aired its final broadcast. The show ran Monday through Friday, 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM PT from Paramount Studios and 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Saturdays in Hollywood, California and was heard in a number of major metropolitan markets on the West Coast of the United States.
Leykis’s show returned on his podcast/StreamCast network The New Normal Network at 3 PM Pacific time, April 2, 2012 – one day after his CBS contract ended. The new uncensored show includes a new theme song, fewer commercials, and “Leykis 101” news at the top of each hour. The new show is financed through both advertising and a premium subscription service that offers a less-compressed stream and podcast-on-demand ability.
It is produced by Gary Zabransky along with associate producer Dean “Dino” DeMilio and engineered by Mike Timpson, who recently replaced Art Webb after his departure in 2013. In February 2018, Tom Leykis announced that he will be ending his live show in 2018. The final live episode aired on Oct 25, 2018. On the 13th October, Tom Leykis announced a new podcast series that is only exclusive to his subscribers on his premiumtom.com website. His new podcasting venture commenced on the 29th of October.
Tom Leykis Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $ 22 million dollars.
Tom Leykis Height
He stands at 1.8 m tall.
Tom Leykis Single Mothers
Never Date Single Mothers.
Why? You already know their stance on abortion: they won’t have one. Don’t risk paying vaginamony or child support. Her kids will always be #1 in her life, and do you really want to take second place to a woman? I didn’t think so.
Why support another man’s mistake? How do you know she’s not looking for a support figure? Or someone to support her financially? Think of all that, and realize that the odds are stacked against you. She’s already had one mistake. She won’t go for the Hail Mary (more on that below). The last guy didn’t stick around. Why should you?
This isn’t to say that some of them aren’t very nice, have been screwed over by ex-husbands, or would be very great mates. But if you’re just looking to get laid, they are a definite off-limits. More than likely, you’re hooking up with a girl who wants another try at something she messed up the first time. With the hostility of today’s legal system towards men, you just don’t want to take the chance.
Leykis insists that some men have been ordered by the courts to pay child support to their former wives, even though they were not the biological father of her children. This, he asserts, financially ruins the men for many years making them unable to start a new life with another woman or enjoy the money they make.
Tom Leykis Ratings
For early 2008, he had announced radio ratings at various angles. Among the 81 radio stations in Southern California, the show was number 9 overall, number 6 in English stations, and number 1 for time spent listening.
Among men ages 18+, adults ages 18–34, and “the money demo” ages 25–54, the show was #1 in time spent listening with an average of over 4 hours per week, in addition to being #1 in share for men aged 18+.
Tom Leykis Tasting Room
He produces a weekend show, The Tasting Room with Tom Leykis. It used to air mostly on such West Coast stations as KGIL in Los Angeles, California, and KFBK in Sacramento, California. It’s produced by The New Normal Network and has morphed into a 2-hour podcast show.
He discusses: “fine wine, high-end spirits, and craft brews [plus] first-rate dining and premium cigars”.The show used to be broadcast mostly on West Coast radio markets but has since moved online.
Tom Leykis Quotes
- There really is no Johnny Carson anymore. There is no one place a comedian can appear and explode.
- There’s a difference… between the kind of woman you would bang and the kind of woman you would marry.
- I wanted to see if you could put a prototype radio station on the Internet so you wouldn’t have to invest $50 million or $100 million or $150 million to buy a transmitter and a frequency.
- When I saw houses in Palmdale going for $500K, I knew something was wrong. If you got foreclosed, I don’t feel sorry for you!
- I’m looking forward to providing the men of Seattle with an evening where they can kick back, light up a cigar and enjoy a night to themselves. Women, we can’t technically keep you out, but please stay at home.
- Are men shallow? Should we be looking for inner beauty? Ha, ha.