Leykis Closes Down Talk At KLSX
February 20, 2009 at 5:03 PM (PT)
TOM LEYKIS closed down the Talk format at CBS RADIO's KLSX/LOS ANGELES FRIDAY afternoon with an abbreviated two-hour show leading into the station's previously-announced flip to Top 40 as 97.1 AMP RADIO at 5p PT. "We will resurface when the time is appropriate," LEYKIS said, advising fans to check his MYSPACE page for updates. Taking his last caller out "bong hit and LACI PETERSON style," LEYKIS finished up the show by playing JOE JACKSON's "I'M THE MAN," saying that the lyrics "are about me," followed by one last "Blow Me Up, TOM."
We will resurface when the time is appropriate
LEYKIS began his last show on the station by ripping midday co-host FRANK KRAMER, who, LEYKIS alleged, suggested on the midday FROSTY, HEIDI AND FRANK show that LEYKIS' refusal to take a pay cut led to the station's demise. LEYKIS, doing his show from the station rather then the show's accustomed studio on the PARAMOUNT PICTURES lot in HOLLYWOOD, said KRAMER "accused me of being the culprit for the end of the format here. And here is what he said. He said that everybody here was willing to take a pay cut to keep the format going except me. That I was the only one who refused to take a pay cut.
"Well, I challenge him to prove that. Of course, he doesn't have a radio show anymore on which to prove it, because, number one, I will bet this week's salary that Mr. KRAMER did not voluntarily take any pay cuts, and I'd like to see the proof. And on top of that, nobody ever asked me to take a pay cut here ... it just didn't happen.
"Why would he say that? And why would he say on the air that he cares more about radio than I do, because he was willing to take a pay cut and I wasn't? Now, I know they were drinking in here, I know they were boozing, maybe it was the alcohol talking. But I wanna tell you that I have a contract, that the company has treated me just great, I'm as happy as a clam, and I think that maybe, a little booze in there, maybe Frank's a little jealous." LEYKIS facietiously offered KRAMER a job working on his SANTA YNEZ VALLEY ranch, working on his fields and doing his podcast from LEYKIS' ISDN studio.
Former LEYKIS producer ERIK BRAVERMAN, most recently PD at CITADEL Talk KABC-A/LOS ANGELES, visited LEYKIS in the studio for the final show, which featured LEYKIS' "Flash FRIDAY" bit and calls from well-wishing fans. "I have not a complaint in the world" about his treatment by CBS, LEYKIS told one caller, noting that he had been given eight days' notice and was being given the chance to say goodbye on the air.