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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.
Rogers and Leykis became rivals and, in June 1984, just after Denver radio talk show host Alan Berg was assassinated, Leykis told listeners Neil Rogers' real name and urged callers to harass his on-air rival.
Leykis eventually left WPIX, later went to WBAI leaving in the fall of 1981 to go to Albany to work at WQBK.
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.
The show follows the hot talk format, which brought Leykis much success, New York and has two sisters (Terry, Anne) and a brother (Jim). His Jewish grandfather, who originated in Kiev, 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.
Faison, 42, revealed in an Instagram post on March 2 that his ex-wife and the mother of three of his children — sons Dade (18) and Kobe, and daughter Kaya (18) — had passed away.
Leykis was moved to afternoons from nights to replace the recently fired Opie and Anthony of The Opie and Anthony Show.
Leykis later reflected on his comparative lack of success in the New York market, explaining that the station never truly got behind him, "We were talking to [WNEW Show Director Mark Chernoff] about the show being on the station on a regular basis.
During Leykis' tenure at KFI, KFI host Geoff Edwards was suspended and then resigned over an incident related to steamrolling a massive collection of Cat Stevens' work sent in by listeners, which was motivated by Leykis' denouncement of Cat Stevens' comments about Salman Rushdie.
A local Nazi historian likened the stunt as being reminiscent of a Nazi book burning.