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Ken

Ken (the "Worry-Wart") was born in the murder-centric town of Camden, NJ. Fortunately, once his parents were discharged from the maternity ward, he was driven to a cozy suburban crib in nearby Cherry Hill, where his lifelong knack for entertainment took shape. Ken spent a good chunk of his teen years having his mother chauffeur him to various nightclubs and sign all the necessary waivers just so he could perform in lip-sync contests. While other kids were home doing schoolwork, Ken was up way past his bedtime impersonating the likes of Billy Joel, Elton John, Phil Collins and Cyndi Lauper. As luck would have it, that little hobby stuck and Ken became...wait for it...a professional lip-sync DJ. After high school, Ken's family relocated to South Florida and he honed his craft as a resident DJ at famous oldies clubs like Cadillac Jack's and Studebakers. Yes, he spun .45 records, donned wigs, strummed plastic guitars and played invisible drums for a living! It even landed him an appearance on Puttin' on the Hits and eventually a 10-year run at Walt Disney World's Pleasure Island. It was in Orlando where Rich found Ken's audition tape in a Circle K bathroom and gave him a gig at WTKS Real Radio 104.1. Just like Ken's uncanny lip-sync talent brought him to Orlando, it was his screenwriting that brought him to Los Angeles. He took first place in Final Draft's First Annual BIG BREAK Screenwriting Contest and his script, Dawg, was later produced with Denis Leary and Elizabeth Hurley. If you're ever up around 4am, you just might catch it on HBO. To this day, Ken continues to write comedy, but his true passion will always be mouthing off on a live microphone.

 

Rich

Rich (the "Wise-Ass") honed his sharp tongue on the sarcastic streets of Long island. Gotta have a sense of humor to live there.

Back before Radio died, he started his career on a 5 watt pirate radio station in his friend's attic. That's where he caught the fever. Rich parlayed that illegal experience into an actual On-Air radio job in NYC. Followed by a series of hirings and firings that left him in Orlando, where his survival instincts helped him create the first successful FM Talk station, WTKS (RealRadio104.1).

It was in O-Town that Rich first hired Ken (his Worry-Wart sidekick), solely because instead of a demo tape and resume, Ken submitted a VHS tape of himself dressed in drag as his mother, begging for the job.

Fast forward a few years, after a brief job-stay in SF, Rich arrived in LA to build KLSX (97.1 the FM Talk Station) alongside Heidi and Frank.

10 years and a lot of money-made later, the death of the radio industry brought an end to the top-rated FM talker and provided the launching pad for "2 Guys and a Mic" on a progressive media outlet known as The ToadHop Network.

OK enough. Go Listen.



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