Tom Leykis Show Reborn as No-Compromise Internet Stream
After a three year lockdown, “shock jock” Tom Leykis is back, running his show sans the bureaucrats. Now the master of his own destiny, he gleefully bellowed “Fuck radio!” during his first online broadcast.
Rather than diminishing his fame, the blackout has done him good.
Over the years Tom has been an indispensible source of mancentic relationship advice. With no one to fill the void, die-hard listeners were eager to chew up any past programming they could get their hands on. Now his “sons” can finally move on from archives on YouTube and get fresh “101” advice.
His previous employer, CBS Radio, changed their format in 2009. As a result, the suits decided to take him off the air. The good: he was paid during the hiatus, allowing him to do some soul searching and regroup. The bad: he wasn’t permitted to produce any audio content until his contract expired.
Listening to the tone of Tom’s voice on the first show, I’ve never heard the man this happy. It’s like he’s a new person. Still as freewheeling as ever, but this time around rid of some of the inner demons he was dragging around years prior.
A press release published yesterday had this to say about his antics;
To me, his greatest contribution has been opening men’s eyes to the Machiavellian tactics often used by women. Some of his dopier callers have served as rookie mistake poster boys for listeners. They’ve had sex without condoms, been trapped in abusive relationships, been stolen from, cheated on and worse. After being pissed on repeatedly, they’ve come back for more.
Suits never know what to do with guys like Tom Leykis. He’s a maverick, just like his core listeners. They’ll never “get” that captivating content is never safe. The stronger you connect with one group, the more you’ll irritate another one.
Going independent was a good move for “the professor.” After 20 years in radio, the captain has his own ship.