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48 Facts About Tom Leykis
Tom Leykis has repeatedly stated that his lineage is irrelevant to his life and his accomplishments in the radio business.
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Tom Leykis's father was a union leader at The New York Post.
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Tom Leykis then moved away from the family home to study broadcasting at Fordham University and dropped out due to financial issues.
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Tom Leykis began his radio career in the state of New York in 1970.
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Tom Leykis contributed to a show called The Phonebooth on WABC that ended in 1981.
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Rogers and Tom Leykis became rivals and, in June 1984, just after Denver radio talk show host Alan Berg was assassinated, Tom Leykis told listeners Neil Rogers' real name and urged callers to harass his on-air rival.
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In September 1985, Tom Leykis abruptly left his WNWS job over concern about the pending WNWS-WGBS merger and began work at Phoenix's KFYI.
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Tom Leykis was known for his method of gathering new callers for the station by provoking rival station KTAR.
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In 1987, Tom Leykis abruptly left KFYI because of differences with station management that still has a shroud of secrecy surrounding the details.
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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.
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On Fridays, listeners were allowed to call in and talk about anything they wanted, in contrast to other days when Tom Leykis established a single topic for each hour of the show.
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The station became the flagship for the show and Tom Leykis began to tone down the political aspect of the show around this time, and started the "Tom Leykis 101" segment soon after.
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In 2002, The Tom Leykis Show was briefly heard on an irregular basis in New York City on WNEW.
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Tom Leykis was moved to afternoons from nights to replace the recently fired Opie and Anthony of The Opie and Anthony Show.
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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.
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Talkers Magazine, analyzing Arbitron data, show that Tom Leykis has an estimated listening minimum weekly cume of over 1.
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In February 2018, Tom Leykis announced that he would be ending his live show that year.
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Tom Leykis will introduce the topic by reading a news article or peer-reviewed study, or by discussing a personal anecdote or experience.
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Tom Leykis argues that the institution of marriage is flawed and that family court systems are often corrupt because DNA testing after childbirth is not mandatory to prevent paternity fraud, and because courts have forced men to pay child support even after DNA testing has established that a man was not actually a child's father.
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Tom Leykis constantly recommends that young men pursue their career or educational goals and avoid being distracted by serious relationships or marriage at a young age as he was.
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Furthermore, Tom Leykis urges men to live frugally, including avoiding consumer debt ; never spending more than $40 for a date; and saving cash and investing for the future.
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Tom Leykis has described men who neglect their bills as "immoral".
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Tom Leykis asked his listeners to do the same with their car headlights, and a few minutes later, jokingly suggested that women flash their breasts.
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Tom Leykis has stated on air that the case occupied much of his attention in the winter of 2002.
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Ingels, who was much older than the typical caller to Tom Leykis's show, was subjected to some rude remarks by the call screener who said that he was too old and should not be on the air.
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Tom Leykis explained that he didn't want older callers because he was selling advertising aimed at younger listeners.
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Tom Leykis asked if the woman was serious, and the woman explained how she "got away with it" because police believed "a blubbering, crying woman" and that she was never arrested or charged.
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Tom Leykis informed her that she had made a murder confession live on the air, that the call-screener had her phone number, and that they would turn her information over to police.
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Tom Leykis denied allegations that the call was part of a hoax set up by the show, and producers turned over all information they had about the caller to police who began an investigation.
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Tom Leykis discussed the confession on subsequent episodes of his show, urging listeners to phone a toll-free number if they had possibly relevant information, and offering a cash reward for information leading to conviction of the woman for murder.
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Sometime after the murder confession was made on Tom Leykis's show, Vice filed a police report stating that her cell phone had been stolen.
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However, the policy in practice only applies to alleged victims, allowing for the release of names of alleged offenders, a policy which Tom Leykis disagrees with and does not follow, as he regularly states he is "not a journalist".
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Tom Leykis contends that either all names in a case should be protected or all should be public.
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When Tom Leykis's show went off the air in 2009, he was in the middle of a five-year contract with CBS.
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Tom Leykis says that four women he impregnated all had abortions.
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Tom Leykis is an atheist, although reared as a Catholic.
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Tom Leykis has been married and divorced four times, which he unabashedly proclaims on-air regularly.
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Tom Leykis alleges that he discovered that she was cheating on him after he investigated some hotel receipts he found.
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In March 1994, Tom Leykis was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to attend a domestic violence class.
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Tom Leykis completed both, and the charges were dropped, although Leykis did not admit guilt as part of the agreement.
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The assailant reportedly had an accomplice who accused Tom Leykis of calling him a name and hanging up on him when he called the show.
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Tom Leykis refused to prosecute due to the distance and he felt that having a few days in jail was enough.
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