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The Kevin & Bean Show
Kevin&BeanShow logo.jpg
Other names Kevin and Bean
Genre Comedy, Variety
Country United States United States
Home station KROQ-FM
Starring Kevin Ryder
Gene 'Bean' Baxter
Ralph Garman
Allie Mac Kay
Dave 'The King of Mexico' Sanchez
Creator(s) Kevin Ryder
Gene Baxter
Producer(s) Dave Sanchez
Air dates since January 2, 1990

Kevin and Bean is the morning show on KROQ-FM, an alternative rock-format radio station in Los Angeles, California. It is hosted by Kevin Ryder and Gene "Bean" Baxter. The show has been on the air since 1990 and intersperses music and news with comedy, celebrity interviews, listener call-ins, and live music performances.


Opening and listener call-in[edit]

Each episode opens with an audio montage (usually created by Baxter[1]) featuring musical and audio clips that draw from current events in politics, pop-culture, and the news. Since 2008,[2] the opening has featured a segment called "What it do, nephew?" where listeners are invited to phone in on a topic of their choosing. This segment has appeared in various forms throughout the show's history, and was previously known as "What is your deal" before being renamed after a phrase coined by rapper Snoop Dogg.[3] The segment of What It Do Nephew? was later dropped from the show.[citation needed]

Hourly segments and The Showbiz Beat[edit]

Music from the standard lineup of KROQ is played regularly during the program.[4][5]

"The Showbiz Beat" is an hourly entertainment-news report featuring Ryder and Baxter's actor co-host Ralph Garman.[1][6]

Recurring segments[edit]

Many of the show's periodically recurring segments are based on listener participation, and involve the hosts taking calls on a discussion topic or for a guest, or involve games and contests created around promotional giveaways. Ryder and Baxter will also occasionally read emails sent to them, and play messages from the show's voice mail service, known as the "Afro Line". Other segments focus on the hosts and their personalities and quirks, like "Thanks for That Info, Bean", which pokes fun at Baxter's intense interest in seemingly trivial topics, and "A Moment with...", where a humorous audio clip of a statement made on-air by a host is replayed. "Would You Like to Take That Back?" is another feature during which the hosts give each other the option of "taking back" an unsuccessful or poorly delivered joke or pun.[7]

Several segments feature regular guests, including weekly interviews with's Harvey Levin,[8] "This Week in Rage" with former Kevin and Bean Show member Adam Carolla,[9] and sports updates from the Petros and Money Show co-host and former Kevin and Bean Show sports reporter Matt "Money" Smith. Since January 2010, Dr. Drew Pinsky, whose syndicated radio program Loveline is broadcast by KROQ, has also appeared frequently on the program.[10]

Vocal impressions and celebrity impersonations are typically voiced by Garman and former Kevin and Bean assistant producer and Loveline co-host "Psycho" Mike Catherwood.[6][11] Ryder and Baxter often conduct fake interviews with celebrities including Gene Simmons and Sean Connery. On other occasions impressions might involve a relatively unknown person in a news story or current event. Garman and Catherwood have also created several alter-egos, including Loquecia, an African-American woman who reviews and ridicules reality television shows, and Rudy, a stereotypical heavily accented, marijuana-smoking cholo.[citation needed]

Closing segments[edit]

The program generally ends with a short preview of the next show, and on Fridays the show closes (and opens) with a cover of "Don't Bogart Me" by Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise (a song first performed by the band Fraternity of Man), as performed by the hosts.[12]


The show debuted on KROQ on December 31, 1989, when they hosted the annual countdown of the year's best songs. On June 13, 1990, the show aired a segment called "Confess Your Crime", which included a bogus phone call from DJ Doug "The Slug" Roberts (who was then working at KZZP) as an anonymous listener claiming to have committed murder. The parents of a missing woman believed the fictional caller to be responsible for their daughter's death, leading to an investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and coverage in an episode of Unsolved Mysteries. When the truth was revealed, the station was billed for the costs of the investigation by the LASD,[13] and sued by the distraught parents. KROQ suspended Kevin and Bean for five days without pay, directed each of them to perform 149 hours of community service, and forced them to pay the Sheriff’s bill out of their pockets.[citation needed]

In January 2004, a Los Angeles man filed a breach of contract suit against the station and Kevin and Bean saying he was cheated out of a free SUV.[14]

In winter of 2006 a tree fell on Bean's property, leading to a special segment entreating the listenership to call in with their worst (or best) Christmas and Holiday season hard luck story. This in turn led to a call-in with underground music artist Sebastian Clark, who related his story of having his VW van with all his belongings, including musical, catch fire that Christmas Eve, leaving him destitute. Seeing as it served as his recording studio for his diy cult classic 'songs from a van,' Kevin & Bean promised him proper studio time live on-air. They have yet to follow through on this promise.

Each December the duo hold a pageant to choose a voluptuous woman as Miss Double D-cember for the upcoming year. The winner appears with Kevin and Bean at various KROQ shows and events.[15]

AC/DC? is an obviously false answer given by listeners to giveaway questions when stumped. This originated during a segment called "Famous Deads" where contestants were given trivia questions where all the answers had the word "dead" in them. After Kevin and Ralph explained repeatedly for a solid minute that the answers shall have the word "dead" in them, the very first contestant to call in obliviously answered with "AC/DC?"[16]

The Kevin and Bean Show found itself embroiled in controversy in February 2015, after the firing of long-time contributors, Lisa May and Boyd R. Britton (Doc on the ROQ). May started as a traffic reporter on the program and had grown to become an integral part of the Kevin and Bean Show during a run that lasted 24 years. Doc had been providing news reports for 27 years. The decision was made rather abruptly, and neither was given a chance to say an official farewell to listeners. May's last day was February 17, 2015.[17] The co-hosts did not address her departure on the air until February 26, 2015. At that time, Kevin and Bean explained that management had made it clear audiences were not tuning in to KROQ for traffic or news, so the painful decision was made to make changes to the show. Longtime fans were quite vocal with their disdain. They used social media like Twitter and Facebook to complain about May's unceremonious departure. Supporters of Lisa May even started a protest Facebook page called "Boycott KROQ for Firing Lisa May."

Allie Mac Kay was added to the show as the lone female contributor on February 23, 2015. She was formerly a news reporter at KTLA5.

Kevin and Bean were inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame on April 14, 2015 during a ceremony hosted by NAB President (and former Oregon Senator) Gordon Smith.[18] Bean said, "We are happy to share the recognition with our great team who works just as hard as we do to make the show successful."[19] The three-day NAB trade show is held every April at Las Vegas Convention Center.



Ryder has odd interests and characteristics that are mentioned on the show from time to time. He has packages mailed to his home using fake names, such as "The Duke of Tarzana".[20] Kevin doesn't watch the news....'cause he's a kid.


Baxter was born and raised until his early teens in Middlesex, England,[21] but graduated from Bowie High School in Bowie, Maryland in 1977, and speaks with an American accent. He is obsessed with Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered the dwarf planet Pluto.[22] He maintains a blog,[22] and the show occasionally has a segment where the cast reads his blog entries. He lives in a pink house on Vashon Island, near Seattle,[21][23] where he raises a host of farm animals including cows, pigs, sheep, and donkeys as family pets (one specific family pet, a pot-bellied pig named Ham-Sandwich, was a recurring reference on the show during the Nineties). He is married to Donna H. (Mendivil) Baxter,[21] who was the island's mayor, and works as a fashion designer.[24] Bean talks from a room in his guest house where he has a sound mixing board, recording equipment, a video monitor showing staff in the KROQ studio in Los Angeles, a computer and a microphone attached to a high-quality phone line.[25]

Other cast members and staff[edit]

Also on the show are:

  • Ralph Garman is an impressionist and contributor. He handles entertainment news segments and often acts as a substitute when Kevin or Bean is not present. His segment "Ralph's Showbiz Beat" is one of the segments the show.
  • Allie Mac Kay co-hosts the program and, along with Ryder and Baxter, is present for nearly all on-air segments. In addition to regular on-air commentary during call-ins and interviews, she will occasionally participate in pre-recorded segments and regularly fills in on the Show Biz Beat if Garman is absent. A former features reporter with the Los Angeles-based KTLA Morning News team and occasional contributor to the Kevin and Bean Show, she joined the show as a full-time cast member in February 2015.[26][27]
  • Dave Sanchez is the show's producer, who was given the nickname 'King Of Mexico' because even though his parents are both Mexican and fluent in Spanish, he can't speak a word of it. He is a Los Angeles Clippers fan, and composes songs extolling the team. When the Clippers fell short of the playoffs in the 2006-2007 season, he was teased for his boasting, including a mocking song submitted by a listener.[28] Dave is the bringer of all things "Douche-y" to the show. If its dumb and hip, Dave loves it.
  • DJ Omar Khan AKA "Omar" is the main DJ of the show who is mostly responsible for all the technical aspects. He also creates all of the jingles for various segments, which are mostly other songs with alternate lyrics. Khan directed the low-budget film Cucamonga Heat, often referred to on the show, while in school . After being featured in the show, there is an often-played clip of the film featuring a man sitting down in a chair (played by Khan) ordering a fake drug deal to occur. This clip is usually played during instances where a clip from a movie should be played usually as a joke or to signify that the thing being reviewed is bad. This also led to anyone named "Eric" to be greeted by "Yea, Eric" when calling in.[29] Every few months, Khan will take a popular song and make a parody of it, often inserting clips of embarrassing on-air mistakes by Kevin and Bean.
  • Jay "Lightning" Tilles Formerly a producer of the Kevin and Bean show. He started as an intern. His voice is devoid of any bass.
  • Jonathan Kantrowe, nicknamed "Beer Mug" stemming from a beer mug tattoo he has on his foot. Currently he is taking over for Psycho Mike's position 'helping' Kevin and Bean in studio on air (running the sound board). A recurring segment now involves sending him to red carpet premieres in Hollywood where he fails miserably at interviewing stars. He is useless as a human and has recently become worthless as a target of derision, as he now mocks himself in some attempt to rise above the listener hate directed at him.
  • Danielle "Chip" Lehman, is the current board op for the Kevin and Bean morning show. The nickname "Chip" is a result of her work with a previous employer. She is an avid bass player and former member of the band Fiction Reform. Regularly teased by Kevin and Bean about her height and was once smuggled backstage at a show in a giant backpack.

Former cast members[edit]

Personalities no longer with the show include:

  • Michael "The Maintenance Man" Burton — an actual maintenance man in the building where KROQ had its studios, he came to be an active member of the show, performing man-on-the-street interviews and making public appearances. In the fall of 1995, Burton left the show and filed a wrongful-termination suit charging the station along with Kevin and Bean with racial and religious discrimination. The suit was settled in late 1996.[30][31]
  • Jimmy Kimmel was "Jimmy the Sports Guy" from 1995-97.
  • Adam Carolla was Mr. Bircham the woodshop teacher from 1993-96.
  • Alex Warren, formerly a producer for the show, had a running segment (Bad Pitches) where she ridiculed some of the products and people that have tried to get on the show.
  • Lisa May was the traffic reporter[32] from 1990 to 2015.[33][34] A running joke on the show involves Kevin and Bean trying to offer other women the job of traffic reporter. May has appeared on the TV show "Reba" [35] and has done audio looping for the TV show "Alias." Every year, for Christmas and May's birthday, Kevin and Bean call QVC and purchase whatever is being shown on television at the moment for her gift, regardless of the price or usefulness of the product.[36][37] On May 11, 2015, Lisa May joined the morning radio program "The Heidi and Frank Show" on 95.5 KLOS FM.[38]

Television and film[edit]

  • Kevin and Bean hosted an Addams Family Marathon on KCAL 9 in Los Angeles in 1993. They did on-the-street interviews between classic Addams Family episodes. They hosted "Godzilla Theater," also on KCAL channel 9 in 1990.[39]

Christmas compilation CDs[edit]

  • Black Christmas EP (2008)
The release was not a CD, but downloadable songs they put on the website. After some controversy the songs were removed.
  • Kevin & Bean's Super Christmas (2006) [40]
  • Kevin & Bean's Christmastime In The 909 (2004)[41] (a reference to the area code 909 for the oft-ridiculed Inland Empire)
  • The Year They Recalled Santa Claus (2003) [42]
  • Fo' Shizzle St. Nizzle (2002)
  • Swallow My Eggnog (2001)
  • The Real Slim Santa (2000)
  • Kevin and Bean: Last Christmas (1999) [43] (proceeds to the Starlight Foundation)
  • Santa's Swingin' Sack (1998)
  • A Family Christmas in Your Ass (1997)
  • Christmastime in the LBC (1996)
  • How the Juice Stole Christmas (1995)
  • No Toys for OJ (1994)
  • Santa Claus, Schmanta Claus (1993)
  • We've Got Your Yule Logs Hangin' (1992)
  • Bogus Christmas (1991)
  • Feel the Warmth of Kevin and Bean's Wonderful World of Christmas (The White Album) (1990)


On November 10, 2008, the Kevin and Bean Show started an afternoon segment, "Cinco De La Tarde" weekdays from 5-6 p.m.[44] As of August 3, 2009, this segment has been discontinued and the morning show has been restored to its original 10:00 AM end time. A Best of Kevin and Bean show called "Same Shit, Different Day" was added on Saturday mornings airing from 7:00-10:00 AM.

On May 11, 2009, Kevin and Bean began syndicating on KEDJ, 103.9 The Edge in Phoenix, Arizona,[45] KFRR 104.1 Fresno and KRZQ-FM Reno. The show is also available as a podcast on iTunes.


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  34. ^ controversial exit from KROQ: traffic reporter Lisa May) controversial exit from KROQ: traffic reporter Lisa May) Check |url= value (help).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  39. ^ Staff (2006-12-20). "Kevin and Bean Addams Family Marathon". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  40. ^ ASIN B000L9OBZA
  41. ^ ASIN B0006U1ER2
  42. ^ ASIN B000B9H47C
  43. ^ ASIN B0002H4YN0
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