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December 11, 1968
Lee Siegfried (born Lee Anthony Mroszak on December 11, 1968 in Minnesota), known by the on-air moniker Cabbie, is an American deejay. He broadcast on New York City's 92.3 K-Rock and is a former regular guest on The Howard Stern Show. On his show, Mroszak regularly dealt with topics of the day relating to life in America. The topics included music and hard rock: two of Mroszak's many lifelong recreational passions.
Mroszak previously worked for two radio stations in the Twin Cities, spending time as part of the 92 KQRS Morning Show. Mroszak was fired from KQRS after he faked a segment implying that Brett Favre was staying in a Minneapolis hotel with a woman other than his wife.
Mroszak began his radio career as a frequent caller known as "Cabbie" on The Andy Savage Show, airing on Minneapolis' 93.7 The Edge. When Howard Stern's show came to town, Mroszak moved to the KQRS Morning Show, the highest rated morning drive show in Minneapolis.
Mroszak raised his visibility at KQRS as a resilient street reporter who took some listeners on a tour of the city's crack cocaine market. Ever pressured to be outrageous, Mroszak did a "remote report" in which he knocked on NFL star Brett Favre's hotel room door when the NFL's Green Bay Packers were in town for a Monday night game. Mroszak claimed that he intended to offer Favre some Vicodin and a six-pack of beer, but that he instead discovered the quarterback with a naked female who was not his wife. The report ended abruptly, but the press contacted the station for further information. Mroszak was forced into hiding, but eventually admitted that the story was completely fabricated. With his credibility shattered, Mroszak was fired by KQRS on December 3, 1997, and the station was sued by Favre.
Mroszak was not forgotten by old friend Cane (from his 93.7 The Edge days), who brought Mroszak to 92.3 K-Rock (WXRK) New York to produce his popular afternoon show. Mroszak used his newfound notoriety to appear on The Howard Stern Show.
Howard Stern Show
On The Howard Stern Show, Mroszak would often discuss his paratrooper service during Operation Desert Storm, events that occurred during his stint as a deejay for K-Rock radio, and many bizarre antics that happened in his personal life.
On the March 23, 2001 show, the Stern Show paid Mroszak $3,000 to air the details of his honorable discharge from the military. Mroszak revealed that he and several other men had sex with the daughter of a Delta Force Sergeant Major. The interview shifted to Stern interrogating Mroszak about his involvement in a sexual situation that involved the presence of several men. This line of questioning led to the revelation that Mrozak had engaged in various homosexual activities on several different occasions, to which those present reacted wildly.
Mroszak fought two boxing matches during his association with the Stern show. On April 27, 2001, he fought Wack Pack member Angry Black to a five round draw and on May 31, 2002 he was defeated by Stuttering John by a unanimous decision.
On September 11, 2001, Mroszak called into the Stern show—by then one of only a couple of local broadcasts still on the air—and helped explain that airplanes that people witnessed in Manhattan were United States Air Force fighters sent to patrol Manhattan airspace. He received many plaudits for his on-air contributions and composure during this difficult day.
On the January 6, 2003 show, Mroszak had an on-air reunion with his biological mother, who claimed to have given him up as a newborn for adoption because she could not afford to raise him.
On July 27, 2006, Mroszak was released from prison, and immediately went to Sirius Satellite Radio to visit Howard Stern. On August 15, 2006, Mroszak substituted for Sirius radio host Scott Ferrall, who was on vacation.
On February 7, 2007 it was revealed that Mroszak allowed a porno film featuring Ron Jeremy and Tabitha Stevens to be shot in Howard's studio without permission. When confronted by Stern and crew, Mroszak contended that he produced the film but did not directly participate, rather playing "a Steven Spielberg type role" and that the film had been destroyed. On February 8, 2007 Howard questioned whether Mroszak could ever again be trusted, while Fred described the porn antics as "a sign of disrespect." In 2009 Ron Jeremy confirmed that Mroszak acted in the movie.
After an appearance on the Stern Show in 2007 where he appeared heavier than he did on his previous show appearance, Stern regular Ralph remarked that Mroszak was "fat". Mroszak was on the show to promote a weight loss drug, I57 Ignite. The sponsor, Loser Lockwood, announced that they planned to sue the Stern Show and SIRIUS, Mroszak's employer, for as much as $100 million, claiming defamation. However, no lawsuit was ever filed. Mroszak's website later contained messages chastising Stern for the disparaging remarks.
On Tuesday, June 26, 2007, Mroszak was a guest on the syndicated The Opie & Anthony Show. In response to questions about the Howard Stern Show, he retorted by saying "F Howard Stern" and mentioned that though it took him a while, he realized long ago that he had to "sever that umbilical cord [i.e., Howard and his show]", and remarked that he is "not a Howard Stern guy," having done radio years before his association with Stern. Howard for his part has not acknowledged Mroszak since 2007.
Mroszak spent one year in federal prison for tax evasion. He had been arrested after saying on the November 9, 2004 Stern show that he did not file a tax return in many years and would not resume filing until the U.S. government cures his Gulf War Syndrome. An IRS employee happened to be listening and reported him. Mroszak pleaded guilty to tax evasion in federal court in December 2004, and was sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay his outstanding taxes, which have since been paid in full.
On July 29, 2005, Mroszak was imprisoned at the Federal Correctional Institution in Fort Dix, New Jersey. On February 27, 2006, it was reported on the Howard Stern Show that he was "recently" moved to Federal Medical Center (FMC) Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts . While in prison, Mroszak states unspeakable things happened to him at the hands of the guards and prison officials. These things will be addressed in a book that is currently being written by Mroszak, though this book has been in the works since before 2004.
In a spring 2006 phone call to Stern Show producer Gary Dell'Abate, Mroszak said he was " being tortured by the government" while in jail. He announced that Cabbie and Lee Mroszak died in jail, and that his new name would soon be revealed. That name is Yewah.
Mroszak was released from prison on July 27, 2006 and appeared on The Howard Stern Show to discuss his prison experiences that same day. Mroszak was noticeably heavier after prison, which later created controversy after he showed up to the Howard Stern Show claiming to be the spokesperson for a weight loss product.
- Erin McClam; Tracy Connor (2013-04-26). "Boston bomb suspect's new home has motley cast of alums". NBC News. Retrieved 2013-05-24. "“There are a lot of heavy hitters in there,” said Lee Siegfried, a former DJ best known as the “Crazy Cabbie” character on Howard Stern’s radio show"
- Crazy Cabbie and Ron Jeremy Porn, accessed 22 August 2009[dead link]
- Froelich, Paula (June 20, 2007). "SUIT VS. STERN HAS FAT CHANCE". New York Post. Retrieved 2007-06-25.