Kevin and Bean

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

The Kevin & Bean Show
Kevin&BeanShow logo.jpg
Other namesKevin and Bean
GenreComedy, Variety
CountryUnited States United States
Home stationKROQ-FM
StarringKevin Ryder
Gene 'Bean' Baxter
Ralph Garman
Lisa May
Dave 'The King of Mexico' Sanchez
Creator(s)Kevin Ryder
Gene Baxter
Producer(s)Dave Sanchez
Air datessince January 2, 1990
Jump to: navigation, search
The Kevin & Bean Show
Kevin&BeanShow logo.jpg
Other namesKevin and Bean
GenreComedy, Variety
CountryUnited States United States
Home stationKROQ-FM
StarringKevin Ryder
Gene 'Bean' Baxter
Ralph Garman
Lisa May
Dave 'The King of Mexico' Sanchez
Creator(s)Kevin Ryder
Gene Baxter
Producer(s)Dave Sanchez
Air datessince 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 bits, 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] Recently though the segment of What It Do Nephew? has been taken away from the show.

Hourly segments and The Showbiz Beat[edit]

Music from the standard lineup of Kevin and Bean's flagship station, KROQ, is played regularly during the program. Creative control over the choice of music and how many songs are played per hour has been a source of conflict between the hosts and station management over the years.[4][5] This issue received particular attention when, in July 2009, similar pressures from KIIS-FM management prompted rival morning show host Ryan Seacrest to call and commiserate with Ryder and Baxter on air.[6]

Because of the show's position as a morning drive-time program, traffic and news segments are also interspersed between the other material. Newscaster Boyd Britton, known as "Doc on the Roq", provides a brief hourly summary of current events, while Los Angeles-area traffic updates are provided by metro traffic reporter and Kevin and Bean co-host Lisa May.[7][8]

"The Showbiz Beat" is an hourly entertainment-news report featuring Ryder and Baxter's actor co-host Ralph Garman and is one of the program's longest-running segments.[1][9] Before the top of every hour, Garman highlights stories from pop culture and media and, with input from his colleagues, frequently mocks perceived hypocrisies and absurdities of public figures and the entertainment industry. The segment always concludes with an announcement of the day's birthdays for celebrities of varying degrees of fame.

Recurring segments[edit]

A large portion of the show's material is made up of segments that recur periodically. Many of these are based on listener participation, and involve the hosts taking calls on an interesting discussion topic or for a guest, or involve games and contests that have been created around the station's 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.[10]

Several segments feature regular guests, including weekly interviews with's Harvey Levin,[11] "This Week in Rage" with former Kevin and Bean Show member Adam Carolla,[12] 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 out of KROQ, has also appeared frequently on the program.[13]

Some of the most popular (and controversial) pieces have involved vocal impressions and celebrity impersonations, which are typically voiced by Ralph Garman and former Kevin and Bean assistant producer and Loveline co-host "Psycho" Mike Catherwood.[9][14] Often, Ryder and Baxter will conduct fake interviews with celebrities like Spencer Pratt, Gene Simmons, Sean Connery, and Kevin Federline, while 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 cholo with a penchant for marijuana use.

Celebrity interviews[edit]

In addition to faux interviews, numerous real celebrities and sports figures have appeared on the show over the years. Regular visitors to the show include Kevin Smith, Kathy Griffin, Petros Papadakis, Joe Rogan, and Olivia Munn. Other notable guests include Seth MacFarlane, Andrew Siciliano, Joel McHale, Bill Simmons, Adam Sessler, Mike Rowe, Landon Donovan, Alex Borstein, Tracy Morgan, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Travis Pastrana, Russell Martin, Will Ferrell, David Alan Grier, Jay Mohr and more.

Closing segments[edit]

While the program generally ends with a short preview of the next show, 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.[15]


Kevin and Bean 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 fellow 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,[16] 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. The event also became the inspiration behind the 1996 movie Power 98 starring Eric Roberts.

In March 2003, the show caused international controversy when Ralph made a prank phone call to the office of French president Jacques Chirac while posing as Jerry Lewis. All were surprised when Chirac picked up the phone and began talking to "Jerry."[16] Lewis' lawyers were quick to threaten with lawsuits and the bit has rarely been spoken of since. Though they appear to be under orders not to speak of the matter, Kevin and Bean have made oblique suggestions that Lewis "blackmailed" Kevin and Bean into making a contribution to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the beneficiary of Lewis' annual Labor Day telethon.

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.[17] Though Kevin and Bean do not address specific lawsuits on the air, they often refer to being frequently sued, usually in the context of people not understanding or appreciating their attempts at humor.

In August 2007, a listener e-mailed a complaint to Kevin and Bean as well as put an article in The Advocate Magazine (Gay & Lesbian Magazine). The complaint was about a parody that Psycho Mike of the Kevin and Bean show did titled "Lean Like a Homo", and was made to make fun of Down's "Lean like a Cholo".

On May 8, 2009 – Westwood One announced that it will begin airing The Kevin & Bean Show on radio stations nationwide on May 11, 2009.

On September 15, 2011 Kevin and Bean won the NAB Marconi Radio Award for "Major Market Personality of the Year".


Personality quirks abound on the show, with Kevin and especially Bean, and their numerous other personalities.


Kevin has odd interests and characteristics that are mentioned on the show from time to time:


Bean has odd and exotic interests and knowledge of arcane subject matter. In particular, he:

Other cast members and key staff[edit]

Also on the show are:

Frequent Special Guests[edit]

Recurring Themes, Characters, & Running Jokes[edit]

Noted former cast members[edit]

The show has been the stepping stone for celebrities such as:

Other personalities no longer with the show include:

Television & Film[edit]

Over the years, Kevin and Bean have made various forays into other media:

Christmas Compilation CDs[edit]

Over the years Kevin and Bean have released numerous Christmas related compilation CDs. The compilations consist of skits, bands covering Christmas related songs, and various KROQ personalities. These compilations are usually only available for a short period of time and after that are out of print.

The release was not a CD, but downloadable songs they put on the website. After some controversy the songs were removed.


Listeners in remote areas, or even in particular buildings, often have a difficult time getting clear reception of the show. As a result, listeners have complained for years that Kevin and Bean were not on the Internet. However, on February 6, 2006, KROQ started streaming online. (KROQ also did not have a web site for many years after the Internet became established.)

Kevin and Bean were also broadcast in Fresno, California for several years, but that station began broadcasting the Adam Carolla Show when it started in January 2006.

On January 3, 2011, the Kevin and Bean show began airing on San Francisco's legendary KITS 105.3 FM (Live 105). In September 2011, after only eight months, KITS switched to an all music format, dropping the Kevin and Bean show.

The show runs from 5:30 to 10:00 Pacific time on weekday mornings. The early hour will often repeat a comedy segment from the day before; segments from early in the show are often replayed a second time later in the show.

On November 10, 2008, the Kevin and Bean Show started an afternoon segment, 'Cinco De La Tarde', (Spanish for Five in the afternoon) weekdays from 5:00 - 6:00 PM.[39] 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.

Beginning May 11, 2009, Kevin and Bean started syndicating on KEDJ, 103.9 The Edge in Phoenix, Arizona,[40] KFRR 104.1 Fresno and KRZQ-FM Reno.[41] As of September 8, 2009, Kevin and Bean are no longer on KEDJ in Phoenix due a change in format at that station emphasizing music.

Starting September 8, 2009, Kevin and Bean began airing in mornings on newly launched Alternative music station KQLZ V99.1 in Boise, Idaho.

Beginning September 13, 2010, Kevin and Bean began airing in mornings on Classic Rock: The Heat 99.5, KMRJ, in Palm Springs, CA.

Kevin and Bean is also heard in portions of Iowa and Illinois in the afternoon on KCJJ-AM 1630, which is located in Iowa City, Iowa

The Kevin and Bean Show is available as a podcast on iTunes.


  1. ^ a b Baxter, Gene (18 November 2008). "Kevin and Bean Archive: Interview with Gene Baxter". Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Baxter, G., May, L., Ryder, K., Catherwood, M.D. (Hosts) (12 November 2008). The Kevin and Bean Show: What it do, Nephew? (Radio Broadcast). Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Baxter, G., May, L., Ryder, K., Catherwood, M.D. (Hosts) (13 September 2006). The Kevin and Bean Show: What it do, Nephew? (Radio Broadcast). Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Baxter, G., et al. (Hosts) (2 September 2009). The Kevin and Bean Show (Radio Broadcast). Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Baxter, G., et al. (Hosts) (21 June 2007). The Kevin and Bean Show (Radio Broadcast). Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Lycan, Gary (2 August 2009), "Do morning-show personalities talk too much?", Orange County Register, retrieved 14 May 2010 
  7. ^ Oliver, Myrna (7 August 1997), "'Real' Don Steele, Style-Setting L.A. Deejay, Dies at 61", Los Angeles Times: B, 1:2, retrieved May 14, 2010 
  8. ^ May, Lisa (2 February 2009). "Kevin and Bean Archive: Interview with Lisa May". Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Carney, Steve (28 May 2003), "Keeping it together on the air", Los Angeles Times: E.3, retrieved 14 May 2010 
  10. ^ Garman, R., Ryder, K. et al. (Hosts) (19 May 2009). The Kevin and Bean Show (Radio Broadcast). Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  11. ^ Levin, H. et al. (Guest and Hosts) (21 August 2006). The Kevin and Bean Show (Radio Broadcast). Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  12. ^ Carolla, A., Ryder, K. et al. (Guest and Hosts) (10 April 2009). The Kevin and Bean Show (Radio Broadcast). Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  13. ^ Baxter, G., Pinsky, D., Ryder, K. et al. (Guest and Hosts) (14 Jan 2010). The Kevin and Bean Show (Radio Broadcast). Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  14. ^ Briand, Jenna (16 March 2010). ""Loveline" Gets New Co-Host, Late-Late Time Slot". NBC Los Angeles. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  15. ^ "Kevin and Bean FAQ". KROQ. "What's the name of that Bogart song? Don't Bogart Me by Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise, available on "Hempilation 2."" 
  16. ^ a b Bonin, Liane (2003-03-19). "Jerry Rigged". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2006-08-19. 
  17. ^ "TV News 01/12/2004". Entertain your brain. 2004-01-12. Archived from the original on 2006-03-18. Retrieved 2006-08-19. 
  18. ^ "Kevin Makes Up Names On Mail Orders" (MP3). Kevin and Bean Archive. 
  19. ^ a b "Bean's blog". Clyde Tombaugh. typepad. 
  20. ^ a b c "Biography for Gene 'Bean' Baxter". IMDB. Retrieved 2006-08-17. 
  21. ^ "King County, Washington records office department". Archived from the original on 2001-02-10.  search for "Gene, Baxter L"
  22. ^ "Elsie Katz Couture fashion line, by Donna H. Baxter". 
  23. ^ "LA Times". 
  24. ^ McLaughlin, Laurie. "Straight Man: Lisa May trades barbs with Kevin & Bean on KROQ-FM". Titan Magazine of Cal State Fullerton. Retrieved 2006-10-13. 
  25. ^ Reba at the Internet Movie Database
  26. ^ YouTube - Clippers Suck. "My tribute to the King of Mexico's favorite team, the LA Clippers. Thanks to Kevin and Bean for playing it on their show!" 
  27. ^ “”. "Cucamonga Heat". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  28. ^ "Lisa Birthday Gift Shopping On QVC". Kevin and Bean archive. 2006-06-23. 
  29. ^ "Lisa Gets Her QVC Christmas Gift". Kevin and Bean archive. 2006-12-13. 
  30. ^ "Miss Double D-cember". 2008-12-20. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  31. ^ "Famous Deads for Dead Man's Party Tickets". Kevin and Bean archive. 2010-10-24. 
  32. ^ "What happened to Michael the Maintenance Man?". The Unofficial KROQ faq. Archived from the original on 2006-02-21. Retrieved 2006-08-17. 
  33. ^ "Where Are They Now at". Ontario Empblog. 2003-11-27. Retrieved 2006-08-17. 
  34. ^ “” (2006-12-20). "Kevin and Bean Addams Family Marathon". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  35. ^ ASIN B000L9OBZA
  36. ^ ASIN B0006U1ER2
  37. ^ ASIN B000B9H47C
  38. ^ ASIN B0002H4YN0
  39. ^ "Bean's Blog". 2008-12-20. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  40. ^ "KEDJ Adds Kevin And Bean For Mornings". 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  41. ^ [1][dead link]

External links[edit]