The Mikey Show

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The Mikey Show was a morning show that aired in San Jose. It was taken off the air March 7, 2012.


The Mikey Show earned its name from show host Mikey Esparza. He worked in radio his entire adult life all over the country, from Rochester, New York; to Dallas, Texas.

The Mikey Show previously aired on KSJO in San Jose and KEGL in Dallas, Texas but was let go from both stations after creating a controversial parody song.[citation needed] Esparza did the evening slot on KIOZ from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 am from the late 1990s until 2004, broadcasting to both San Jose and Dallas via satellite.[citation needed] His stint in the evening slot ended a week after he started broadcasting the morning drive in early 2004 and was fired for a stint he did about kidnapping victim Erica Pratt.[citation needed] His return to San Diego came on the heels of Howard Stern’s departure for satellite radio[citation needed] where he quickly established a loyal fan base known as the “P1s”[citation needed] and became the highest rated morning show in San Diego.[citation needed] The show aired on KIOZ until late December 2009 when it was announced that Esparza would not be given a chance to renew his contract.[citation needed] His former cast remained at KIOZ to and continued their own show now entitled The Show on January 4, 2010.

On January 12, 2010, it was announced on that The Mikey Show moved to 94.9.[1] The Mikey Show debuted live on February 1, 2010.

On March 07, 2012 it was announced that The Mikey Show was no longer on 94.9. FM 94/9’s senior V.P. and general manager Rick Jackson announced March 07 at 8:00 a.m. via a taped statement that its morning-talk Mikey Show would no longer be a part of the station’s morning drive-time lineup.[2]


The Mikey Show was criticized for its potential to harm children, some going as far as charging that it engages in the "sexual exploitation of children to gain an audience."[3] The Mikey Show set off a storm of criticism when, in 2004, Esparza jokingly gave kidnapping tips to listeners following the kidnapping and subsequent escape of 7-year-old Erica Pratt.[3][4] The station subsequently fired Esparza for the gag.[5][6] Esparza has also been criticed for simulating marijuana smoking on the air[7] and producing a parody song about artist R. Kelly's legal troubles, specifically being accused of statutory rape.[5]

After arriving in San Diego the show became more mellow due to Esparza's embrace of Christianity, with a billboard campaign advertising his contrasts labeling him both an addict and a Christian. Esparza often spoke of his love for Jesus and spoke openly about his past problems with substance abuse.[8]

KBZTCast Members[edit]

The new show on FM94/9 San Diego's KBZT had a cast of four: Mike Esparza (Host), Steven Woods (Sports), Jay Isbell (Producer), and Lauren O'Brien (Assistant Producer).

Mikey was in radio for over 20 years. In December 2009 after a very controversial breakup of his former show, Mike was left to build a whole new team on his own.

Steven Woods and Mikey crossed paths when Mikey was in Dallas on the Eagle. Woods and Baumann were two characters often on KIOZ's Mikey Show that Eddie and Mikey did the voices for.[clarification needed] Baumann was an older gentleman always trying to teach "The Kid" (Woods) some class about high priced suits, expensive cars and proper etiquette.

Jay is a former employee of Clear Channel Communications. He was the promotions director until January 2009 when Clear Channel had a massive budget cut and laid off 9% of their staff, Jay was part of that 9%. From there Jay went on to create his own promotions company, named Isbell Production. He was hired to do the 28hr show 2009 for KIOZ's Mikey Show.

Lauren is a stand up comedian and was discovered by Mikey when he found her on YouTube. She offers a lot of character voices and has a dry, sarcastic sense of humor.

KIOZ Cast Members[edit]

When the Mikey Show aired on San Diego's KIOZ it had a cast of five: Mikey, "Boston" Rob, Eddie, Ashlee, and Sky. Up until early 2009 the show had a sixth cast member by the name of Sean, he was laid off by Clear Channel due to budget cuts.

On July 13, 2011 KBZT conducted mass layoffs which included Mikey Show News girl Sienna Feerrar. No immediate information was given as to the cause of the layoffs.

Professional American Football Player Jeff Garcia went to high school with Mike.[citation needed] Jeff appeared (via telephone) on the show. Mikey attributed Jeff's success to Mikey's bench-warming, and Jeff in turn mentioned that Mikey was busy watching the girls. Jeff also acknowledged that Mikey was "DJing back then, telling it like it is!"


  1. ^ Announcement written by Mikey
  2. ^ Monk, Barnaby. "FM 94/9 Cancels Morning Talk Mikey Show". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Kleder, Martha (May 14, 2003). "Fighting Back: Moms Battle Clear Channel’s Shock Jock ‘Mikey’" (TEXT). Concerned Women for America. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  4. ^ Zahn, Paula (July 24, 2002). "Abducted Philadelphia Girl Escapes Captors". (CNN). Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  5. ^ a b Rusty Pugh and Jody Brown (September 23, 2002). "Bay Area Rids Itself of Profane Shock Jock". American Family Association. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  6. ^ Fost, Dan (October 3, 2002). "Clear Channel radio owners force shock jocks to eat their words". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  7. ^ Garvin, Glen (October 10, 2004). "Clearing the air: Has raunchy radio crossed the line?". The Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 2006-12-10. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  8. ^ Leighton, Ken (July 27, 2006). "Get a Better Agent, Mikey". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 2007-01-23.  (Second story down on page)

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