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Encyclopedia > Kidd Chris

The Kidd Chris Show was an American shock jock radio show hosted by Chris Foley and Thomas Kitajima. The show most recently aired on rock station WYSP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 6-10 am on weekday mornings. On May 16, 2008 it was announced by CBS Radio that Foley and his staff had been terminated due to the March 21 airing of a racially insensitive parody song. [1] A shock jock is a slang term used to describe a type of radio broadcaster (sometimes a disk jockey) who attracts attention using humor that a significant portion of the listening audience may find offensive. ... Radio broadcasts have been a popular entertainment since the 1910s, though popularity has declined a little in some countries since television became widespread. ... WYSP is a hot talk/rock station full of assholes who fire good shows. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...

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Background

The radio show originated in Syracuse, New York where Foley was known as the Kitten Destroyer, later shortened to Kidd.[citation needed] His controversial radio show had a home in Wichita, Kansas (KICT T-95FM, KDGS Power 93.9FM, KANR FLY 92.7FM) which raised the ire of local church groups. Many religious organizations attempted to band together and remove Kidd Chris from the airwaves, but he remained on the air.[citation needed] Nickname: Location of Syracuse within the state of New York Coordinates: , City Government  - Mayor Matthew Driscoll (D) Area  - City 66. ... This article is about the state. ... For other uses, see Wichita (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For the architectural structure, see Church (building). ...


Chris then moved onto Sacramento, California where he hosted a morning show on hip-hop station KSFM. After several months at KSFM, he moved into an evening show on talk station KXOA. Kidd Chris's four-hour talk show was one of the highest-rated radio shows on the Pacific coast.[citation needed] While in Sacramento, Chris gained national attention by sending a series of prank phone calls made to O.J. Simpson to the popular Opie and Anthony and Howard Stern nationally syndicated shows.[citation needed] Thomas Kitajima eventually joined the show in Sacramento.[citation needed] Sacramento redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... KXOA was a Sacramento, CA radio station that existed on both AM and FM (in various incarnations) between 1945 and 2004. ... Pacific redirects here. ... Orenthal James Simpson (born July 9, 1947), commonly known as O. J. Simpson and also just by his initials O.J. and his nickname The Juice, is a retired American football player who achieved stardom at the collegiate and professional levels. ... Opie (Gregg Hughes, b. ... This article is a biography of Howard Stern as an individual; for information regarding his radio show see The Howard Stern Show. ...


In the fall of 2002, Kidd Chris took a hiatus from radio and retired to upstate New York. There, he rejuvenated himself and prepared for his return, which occurred on the morning of January 5, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas. He hosted a highly-rated show at San Antonio's K-Rock 102.7 FM KSRX until early August 2005.[citation needed] is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... San Antonio redirects here. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ...


With rumors flying that Kidd Chris, a former contributor to Howard Stern's radio program, would replace Stern when Stern's contract expired with Infinity Broadcasting, Kidd Chris signed with Philadelphia's rock station, WYSP FM. The Kidd Chris Show began broadcasting on WYSP 94.1 FM in Philadelphia on Monday, August 29, 2005. While Chris has made remarks that the show is "gay" and that "it'll be gone in six months," that incarnation show lasted for over two years, and WYSP exercised their right to extend his contract for one more.[citation needed] This article is a biography of Howard Stern as an individual; for information regarding his radio show see The Howard Stern Show. ... CBSs first color logo, which debuted in the fall of 1965. ... is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Philadelphia developments

On August 21, 2006, it was announced that The Kidd Chris Show had been syndicated to WRKZ 93.7 FM, a rock station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The show entered syndication on August 28, 2006. On Monday March 19, 2007 It was announced that 93.7 FM has dropped the Kidd Chris Show. Ironically, the station soon flipped formats to become a Free FM known as "Pittsburgh's Man Station". The station didn't last, and in October of 2007, the air staff was fired as it flipped to a former format under the name "B94".[citation needed] is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... WTZN-FM(93. ... Pittsburgh redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... is the 240th day of the year (241st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


On September 13, 2007, WYSP announced a format change from all talk to a rock/talk hybrid. The official change, which left Kidd Chris on during the drive-time hours of 3pm-7pm, was announced during the Kidd Chris Show. Moments before the announcement, Chris, with Opie and Anthony in studio, commented that "It would be a hoot if they fired us live right after the big announcement." After announcing the format change, the station dropped to music and The Kidd Chris Show did not return to the air, causing confusion on multiple listener-run message boards as to their fate. On September 14, 2007, Chris appeared on the Opie and Anthony show and there was no mentioning of a firing.[citation needed] is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Opie (Gregg Hughes, b. ... is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


The show returned to the air on September 17, 2007, but with old recordings in-between music, leaving fans of the show confused as to its fate. Soon after, Chris stated that they needed to "establish the rock first. The show WILL be back", which confirmed the statements made by other sources that the show will be returning to its original form. is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


On The Howard Stern show on October 22, 2007, Kidd Chris called in to discuss Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel. Howard quickly turned the topic of conversation to Chris' employment at WYSP, claiming a "pretty good source" told him Chris would take over the morning slot from Opie & Anthony relatively soon. Chris had no comment on the rumor.[citation needed] is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


On October 23, 2007, WYSP ended their syndication of Opie and Anthony's morning show. There was no mention of it on-air by Chris. Kidd Chris ended his show that night unexpectedly with "Journey's Don't Stop Believin'." He has stated on-air in the past that if anything were to "go down" in regards to the show, he would play that song (though he originally claimed the song would play in the background and he would continue on as if nothing was happening). No morning or afternoon show aired on WYSP for about a month (though WYSP's website still advertised "The Kidd Chris Show" airing from 3 to 7 PM).[citation needed] is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Journey is an American rock band formed in 1973 in San Francisco, California. ...


On November 6, 2007, Kidd Chris was called by possible evening DJ Tic-Tac at WYSP about his future with the station. In so many words, he stated that he "will be back", but claimed not to know when or in what time slot. Callers asked whether he was joining the Howard Stern Show staff and he said that would be impossible since he is staying in Philadelphia. He reminded fans that if he was fired, he would no longer be featured on the WYSP website.[citation needed] is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


During the week of November 18, 2007, Chris's website was changed to a countdown with the tagline "Are You Ready?", set to end on Monday, November 26 at 6 AM. The countdown also appeared on his Myspace. Prior to this, WYSP began to air short recordings featuring the "Are You Ready?" tagline, as well as the opening of "The Game" by Motorhead (the theme song of The Kidd Chris Show). The recordings varied; they included short clips from the show, clips from Brad the Cripple interviews, recordings of callers asking what happened to the show and if he was going to return in mornings and Howard Stern discussing the future of Kidd Chris in morning drive. However, there was no official voiceover to these clips, no direct mention of "The Kidd Chris Show" or any date of return.[citation needed] is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


The Kidd Chris Show officially returned to the 94.1 WYSP airwaves on Monday, November 26, 2007 at 6 AM EST. Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Michael Klein reported in his Sunday column of the return of the Kidd Show.[citation needed] The show's move to the morning slot was notable for a few reasons. It replaced the Opie and Anthony show and more importantly, pitted Kidd Chris against WMMR's Preston and Steve. During the so called "morning show" wars, Kidd Chris became a high rated show, but was never able to reach the top of the ratings in any demographic. At it's peak at placed as high as 4th and 7th. is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... WMMR is a rock radio station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, broadcasting at 93. ... The Preston and Steve show is a morning radio comedy and variety broadcast on Philadelphia mainstream rock station 93. ...


It was reported first on the Kidd Chris Show on April 24, that Kenneth Keith Kallenbach, Howard Stern Wackpacker and erstwhile comedian had passed away.[2]


On May 16, 2008 the website Philly.com and its entertainment columnist Dan Gross reported that the Kidd Chris show had been taken off WYSP's airwaves effective immediately. The action was taken in response to a racially offensive song parody performed by a guest of the show in March, 2008. It is unclear whether Kidd Chris will be paid the remainder of his contract; his staff, who are not under contract, have also been terminated.[3] CBS radio announced that Opie and Anthony would be returning to WYSP as morning hosts starting may 19, 2008. Opie (Gregg Hughes, b. ...


Kidd Chris Show staff

  • Christopher Derek Foley (b. May 15, 1974, a.k.a. "Kidd Chris") - Host.
  • Thomas Michael Kitajima (a.k.a. "Thomas From The Kidd Chris Show", "Chopper") - Sidekick.
  • Tommy Avallone (a.k.a. "Rock Hard Killa") - Answers the phones. Proud member of the group Nitty Gritty.
  • Michael Cerio (a.k.a. "Metro", "Malibu") - Executive Producer and "Newsgirl".
  • Kevin Schilling (a.k.a. "DJ EggNog") - Assistant Producer. Sound effects guy.
  • Vinnie The Crumb - Sports Reporter.

The show was also known for many unique callers and guests.


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