The only problem with Randy Wang’s big announcement on the June 20 edition of The Tim Conway Jr. Show is that because he has engaged over the years with the host in various on-air gags, many listeners thought he was joking that night too. But Wang was not. When he jumped on at 9:30 p.m. to tell Conway Jr. and newsman Aron Bender that he was gay, he was being completely sincere.
“A lot of people asked me after the announcement, ‘Seriously!? That wasn’t just a joke?’” Wang (pictured) tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “And to this day, people still occasionally come up to me and say, ‘Oh, I thought that was a bit.’ It kind of makes sense, because Tim has made numerous, non-stop gay jokes about me on the air for years. And it’s been hilarious.”
Wang was with the KFI AM 640 evening program until May 9, when he left to join show sponsor 1-800LoanMart as event marketing coordinator. After his big personal announcement, Wang returned with Pretty Good Podcast partner Gina Grad to guest host a week’s worth of shows July 9-13 while Conway Jr. was on vacation in the Pacific Northwest. It all adds up to a very eventful few months.
“Me realizing I was gay all happened pretty organically,” Wang says. “Literally a few days before I made the announcement, I had an encounter with a woman that did not go so well. I came to the realization that I was gay and decided I had to tell the world.”
“I’ve been amazed at how supportive everyone has been,” he adds. “People I’ve worked with, listeners. My Facebook and Twitter are still blowing up about this. And then to be asked to fill in for Tim, that was huge. It was like radio boot camp for five days. It was really, really cool.”
Listeners kept voting Randy and Gina back for another night that week via the KFI website. Meanwhile, the pair’s podcast, now going on three and a half years, gets an average of 50,000 episode downloads. Wang and Grad tape the hour-long program every morning at his apartment at 8 a.m., before fanning out to their respective day 9-to-5 day jobs. Except for Fridays, when they relocate to the Jon Lovtiz Comedy Club on Universal City Walk for an edition that is syndicated on the Toad Hop Network and has just been picked up by Siriux XM.
“We started the podcast after the KLSX show ended,” Wang says. “Gina and I were out of work but wanted to keep in touch with listeners. Gina was the phone screener and did news with Tim at nine on KLSX. We were pretty much Tim’s sidekicks after Brian Whitman left.”
“It’s been a lot of work to get to this point, and I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me. But I’ve been having a lot of fun the whole way, and I can’t thank Tim Conway Jr. enough for all of it. I wouldn’t be anything without that guy.”
Wang, Grad and Conway Jr. do a separate syndicated weekend show sponsored by 1-800-LoanMart called The Cash Daddy Show. That program airs on KABC Los Angeles as well as KSTE Sacramento, KLAA Anaheim and KFMB San Diego.
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