Tom Leykis Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, and Career.
Tom Leykis Net Worth 2020 – Tom Leykis is an American talk radio personality best known for hosting nationally syndicated show The Tom Leykis Show (1994-2009) and internet StreamCast/podcast from 2012 to present.
Tom Leykis was born on August 1, 1956, at a time when his parents, Harry, and Laura (née O’Mara), lived in the Bronx. Leykis spent his early childhood in The Bronx, New York City. New York and has two sisters (Terry, Anne) and a brother (Jim). Leykis is of Irish, Jewish and Ukrainian descent.
His Jewish grandfather, who originated in Kyiv, Ukraine, emigrated to Lithuania and later to the United States at the turn of the 20th century presumably to escape the historical anti-Semitic pogroms in the Russian Empire.
Leykis is divorced and has no children. He is an atheist, although reared as a Catholic. He has been married and divorced four times, which he unabashedly proclaims on-air regularly.
His second marriage was to television reporter Christina Gonzalez. Leykis alleges that he discovered that she was cheating on him after he investigated some hotel receipts he found.
Another marriage, which lasted one year, was with a Seattle woman in 1989, who was a listener of his show. His fourth wife, Susan Drew Leykis, who first met Leykis at a Los Angeles Kings game, filed a police report against him while they were married and living in Boston in 1993.
On December 22 of that year, she alleged that Leykis assaulted and threatened to kill her during a fight after they returned home from a radio station Christmas party. He was subsequently charged with “felony assault and battery and threatening to commit a crime”; a police officer found bruises and scratches on the woman.
In March 1994, Leykis was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to attend a domestic violence class. He completed both, and the charges were dropped, although Leykis did not admit guilt as part of the agreement. The couple have since divorced.
At a point in Leykis’ childhood, he moved with his family to Selden, Long Island, where he completed high school and graduated at 16 from Newfield High School.
He then moved away from the family home to study broadcasting at Fordham University and dropped out due to financial issues.
Leykis began his radio career in the state of New York in 1970. At the age of 14, he was once a fill-in host for WBAB later working in 1979 for Mark Simone’s WPIX-FM talk show comedy titled The Simone Phone where he was featured as the host’s sidekick.
In the mid-1970s Leykis hosted one of the first public access TV shows on Long Island’s Cablevision system, “The Graffiti Hour”, a call-in program.
Leykis eventually left WPIX, later went to WBAIleaving in the fall of 1981 to go to Albany to work at WQBK.
Leykis also contributed to a show called The Phonebooth on WABC that ended in 1981. After his departure from WABC, Leykis was offered a full-time radio hosting job in Staunton, Virginia.
Leykis credits his defining moment to seriously pursue a career in radio to an incident that occurred in the early 1980s, in which his then-girlfriend locked him out of their residence because she believed he didn’t earn enough money; he has since stated that this was one of the most important events of his life.
A few years later, Leykis appeared on an episode of 20/20 where she contacted his show in an attempt to resume their relationship and he declined.
On Monday, February 27, 1984, the Tom Leykis Show aired on WNWS in Miami to replace the WNWS night show hosted by talk radio personality Neil Rogers.
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Rogers, who had previously signed conflicting employment contracts with both WNWS (790 AM) and WINZ (940 AM), had just won permission from a Miami court to take his act to WINZ and hoped leaving WNWS would be devastating to Leykis’ program.