‘The Professor’ Tom Leykis on The Decline of Traditional Radio & Why Online Radio Rules [INTERVIEW]

I first started listening to Tom Leykis on Los Angeles radio station KLSX when I was a high school senior after a recommendation from a friend of mine. At first, “The Professor’s” over-the-top, in-your-face commentaries about men in relationships being total “pussies” and his “Leykis 101” lessons for men on how to treat women like “crap” by spending only $40 on a date turned off this boy who believed in true romance and starting a family. But the more I wanted to turn off that station, the more his exorbitant monologues made me into a fan.

CBS Radio ended his terrestrial show back in 2009, but Tom has since discovered the freedom of internet radio, and in 2010 created New Normal Network, which hosts rock, pop and talk stations. When his contract with CBS Radio ended in April, “The Tom Leykis Show” made its triumphant return, and he couldn’t be happier with the numbers he’s getting now that he can track them online in real time. Even after a three-year absence, Tom is still capable of kicking asses and taking names, especially when he’s taking calls from “pathetic” listeners who are raised by “bitter” single mothers and can’t get laid.

He told NMR that his “Leykis 101” lessons for young men to be “assholes” to women are more relevant than ever: “They are confused because they’re in the ‘friend zone,’ and they can’t figure out why. They can’t close the deal; they can’t make it happen. That’s my gig, telling them how to do that.”

NMR had the pleasure of sitting in and listening to “The Tom Leykis Show” at Tom’s storefront Burbank studio. In NMR’s exclusive interview with the radio legend, Tom talks about the decline of traditional radio and “The Tom Leykis Show’s” internet success.

 

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