Tom Leykis whose original name is Thomas Joseph Leykis is a popular American radio personality. He is popular for his The Tome Leykis that started from 1994 onwards. The format of the talk show is extremely famous especially due to its provocative nature. The controversial feature of the show, Lykis 101, made it viral. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Tom Leykis in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Tom Leykis was born on 1st August 1956 in The Bronx. His parents were Laua and Harry, and he had two sisters and brothers as well. Tom’s father was a union leader at The New York Post. He completed his graduation from Newfield High School at Selden, Long Island as he moved there with his family. Then he went to complete his studies in broadcasting from Fordham University but could not complete it due to some financial problems.
Tom Leykis was married for four times but could not be successful in his married life. He married Christina Gonzalez who was a television reporter, but he divorced her as she was cheated on him. He married to Susan Drew Leykis who was his fourth wife in 1993, but they were divorced as she claimed that Leykis threatened to kill. In 1994, Leykis was ordered to attend the class of domestic violence, and he did it. But he did not accept the allegations of his wife. He was also attacked at The 5 Point Café. He had 17 stitches over his eyes and scratches and bruises on the knees.
Career, Awards, & Nomination
In 1970, Tom Leykis started his career in New York when he was 14 years old by fill-in hosting for WBAB. In the mid-1970s Tom Leykis hosted a call in a Television show on Cablevision system of Long Island, “The Graffiti Hour.” In 1984 the show of Tom Leykis aired for the first time on WNWS in Miami. This show was to replace the night talk show of Neli Rogers. In 1985 Leykis joined Phoenix’s KFYI. He left KFYI for the difference with the station management in 1987.
He hosted programs at KFI from 1988 to 1992 in Los Angeles. At the time of Leykis KFI was hit $6,000 FCC for his on-air comments and was paid by the listeners. In 1992 he was dismissed by the management of the KFI with a notice of an hour. Then he went to Boston and joined WRKO. In 1994, he started the program The Tom Leykis Show which was nationally syndicated on Westwood One in California.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth can you expect from a solely radio personality? Well, it might be quite surprising for you to know that he has a net worth of over $25 million currently. The main source of his income is his talk show which is running since 1994 with a three years break in 2009. He has started internet podcasting and gets a lot from the sponsors of the shows.
Tom Leykis has been controversial yet extremely popular being a radio personality. It is the format of the show, and the topic discussed and exposed that spike the rating. Even at the age of 61, he continues to enjoy the same popularity as at the peak of his career.