The Dog House (talk show)

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The Dog House
GenreComedy, Talk
Running time4 hours (approximately)
Country of originUnited States
Created byJV, Elvis
Original release1993 to March 2008 (first run)
October 2009 – present (second run)

The Dog House is an American radio talk show that was originally hosted by JV (Jeff Vandergrift) and co-hosted by Elvis (Dan Lay). The show was previously based in New York City on 92.3 Free FM, and prior to that aired on Clear Channel's Wild 94.9 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The New York show was canceled in May 2007, due to a controversy over a segment that it aired involving a prank call to a Chinese restaurant.[1] The co-hosts and the producer were subsequently fired by the station and CBS Radio. In March 2008, they began broadcasting a new show via the web.


The Dog House stars JV (Jeff Vandergrift) and Elvis (Dan Lay). The two met in 1993 and have been radio cohosts together for over 15 years, (along with JV's high school friend and show producer "Hollywood" Lance Otani) starting on Hot 97.7 in San Jose, California. In 1995, program directors Michael Martin and Joe Cunningham of Wild 107 eagerly hired them to fill a timeslot vacated by Mancow Muller. The Dog House quickly became a household name after joining Wild 107.7 (which subsequently moved to Wild 94.9), as they became the #1 rated morning show in the Bay Area[2] receiving higher ratings than Howard Stern;[3] only to be terminated several years later due to off-air controversy. Shortly after being fired from Wild 94.9, they helped launch KIFR at the end of 2005 before moving to New York City, where they joined 92.3 Free FM. The new show went under the title JV & Elvis during the first few months until the hosts revived The Dog House name. Two years later they were fired again by CBS Radio in New York for an on-air prank.[1]

Post Free FM[edit]

The Dog House hosted a show on their website. It was a multimedia broadcast enabling them to display pictures and video as well as audio. On May 15, 2008, Elvis left, expressing a desire to return to terrestrial radio. JV continued to host the show alone. On February 16, 2009, JV announced he would be coming back to Wild 94.9, the same station that he and the Dog House were fired from in 2005. JV's show started on Monday February 23 and currently airs 6am-10am.

On Monday morning, October 12, 2009, Elvis restarted The Dog House as his morning show on KFRH/KREV basing it both in Las Vegas (KFRH) and the S.F. Bay Area (KREV). The show rotated its broadcast home between studios in the two cities.

In August 2014, the duo announced that they would be restarting the Dog House show, this time starting with weekly podcasts using the online-based Stitcher Radio. They've since aired several podcasts, but have repeatedly stated that they want to focus more on talk radio, rather than "stunts, pranks, etc." To advertise their reunion, JV, Elvis, and Natasha Yi co-starred in a short film series called "Behind the House."


Host JV (Jeff Vandergrift) and Elvis (Dan Lay) both co-host The Dog House radio show. JV is married to model and actress Natasha Yi. The two married following a live on-air proposal in San Francisco.[4]

Previous Dog House members[edit]

  • "Hollywood" (Lance Otani)[5] - Producer for the show during its run at Wild 94.9, Hollywood was considered the third member of the Dog House beside JV and Elvis. Having a wife and several children, Hollywood chose not move with the show to New York.

Former Dog House staff[edit]

  • "Big Joe" Lopez[5] –The street guy for The Dog House during the Wild 94.9 and previously KHQT, Hot 97.7 era.
  • "Hammerin'" Hank[5] – A fan of The Dog House with autism whom was hired as an intern at KYLD and even received his own radio show on Sunday mornings.
  • "White Menace"[6] – Assistant producer for the show at Wild 94.9. He later became a member of The Woody Show on KYSR, ALT 98.7.
  • Showbiz[6] – Currently co-hosting mornings on 102.5 KDON.
  • DJ Greg Lopez[6] – Currently DJing in Sin City Las Vegas.


Feud with Brad Kava[edit]

Throughout its history, the show had a feud with Brad Kava, a broadcast columnist for the San Jose Mercury News. The station once responded to his negative reviews of The Dog House with a large ad in the newspaper that read: "FUN RADIO IS BACK Bringing You a Mad-Kap Cup of Morning Java!" with two hands framing a photo of JV & Elvis. But when folded inward, similar to a MAD fold-in, the ad then read "FUCK Brad Kava" with the hands forming an upraised middle finger.[7] Over 10 years later, the Dog House invited Kava as a guest on their internet show to work out their differences; Kava even praised the show, saying they were "pioneering a new medium".[8]

Feud with Opie & Anthony[edit]

On September 28 2006, The Opie & Anthony Show, which immediately precedes The Dog House, was extended half an hour into The Dog House's time slot and CBS Radio played fifteen minutes of commercials before The Dog House was allowed on the air. JV and Elvis complained on the air about having to wait, which prompted Opie and Anthony to call in to the show. The hosts from the two shows then engaged in a bitter argument.[9][10] The following day, Opie and Anthony intentionally ran overtime by almost twenty minutes to anger The Dog House. In response, Dog House fans showed support for The Dog House during their on-location broadcast (live from the Javitz center) by shouting chants such as "Opie and Anthony suck". The two shows later made up their differences after Don Imus was fired by CBS.

Prank call to a Chinese restaurant[edit]

On April 20, 2007, JV replayed a six-minute-long segment of a prank call to a Chinese restaurant that was first broadcast on April 5. The call featured an exaggerated voice using racial stereotypes (examples include "Chinese man, tell me about your tiny egg roll... your tiny egg roll in your pants", "Should I come to your restaurant so that I can see you naked... that way I can see your hot Asian spicy ass", and "You are a very nice Chinese man... probably can't drive for shit, but who cares."). Several Chinese American special interest groups, including the Organization of Chinese Americans, were outraged by this segment, describing it as "racist, vulgar and sexist.".[11] On April 23, the duo were suspended indefinitely without pay. JV apologized on the show the following Monday.[12] The show was later canceled due to its racist and offensive content, with CBS Radio spokeswoman Karen Mateo stating, "The Dog House with JV and Elvis will no longer be broadcast."[13]


At KYLD, The Dog House branched out into comedy CDs and DVDs, most of which were given away to listeners or sold by local music shops and online.[14][15]


  • 1995 – Doghouse Bites Vol. I
  • 1996 – Doghouse Bites Vol. II
  • 1997 – You Want Trouble?
  • 1999 – How Many People Must Get Dissed?
  • 2002 – Stop Eye-Balling Me Boy!
  • Still The King - Doghouse Greg Lopez
  • King Of Turntables - Doghouse Greg Lopez
  • Traffic Jams Vol. 1 - Doghouse Greg Lopez
  • Mix Allstars - The Doghouse
  • Afterhours (multiple) - Doghouse Greg Lopez


  • 199? - Dog House Raw (VHS)
  • 199? - Doghouse Too Raw (VHS)
  • 1999 – Radio Kings (VHS)
  • 2001 - Radio Kings 2 (VHS)
  • 2003 – Maybe You Should... (DVD)


  1. ^ a b "Asian slurs end shock jocks' show on CBS". Yahoo! News. 2007-05-12. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  2. ^ "Correction". San Francisco Chronicle. 1998-05-18. Retrieved 2008-04-19.The Doghouse is the top-rated morning program in the Bay Area in the demographic age groups 12-24 and 18-34.
  3. ^ Carroll, Jerry (1998-05-29). "Stern Is Moving To KITS". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-04-19. [Stern's] show is second to KYLD'S "Doghouse" in the morning slot.
  4. ^ Pic of Natasha Yi & JV
  5. ^ a b c Sullivan, James (1998-05-15). "Wild Dogs". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-04-11.
  6. ^ a b c "Of Love and Natalise". SF Weekly. 2003-07-09. Retrieved 2008-04-14. the Doghouse morning show, which that day features Elvis, Hollywood, Show Biz, and White Menace.
  7. ^ "Radio Rumble". MetroActive. 1997-10-16. Retrieved 2006-09-20.
  8. ^ "Doghouse and Me: Time to Bury the Hatchet". 2007-04-07. Retrieved 2009-02-26.
  9. ^ "Dog House vs. O&A (audio)". FM Feed
  10. ^ "Dog House vs. O&A (audio)". Feed
  11. ^ "Chinese Americans outraged by CBS radio". CCTV. 2003-04-23. Retrieved 2007-04-24.
  12. ^ CBS Radio Suspends 2 For Racial Prank
  13. ^ "'Dog' gone! CBS axes radio show after prank". New York Daily News. 2007-05-13. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
  14. ^ " How Many People Must Get Dissed". Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  15. ^ " Radio Kings 2". Retrieved 2008-04-24.

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