How much do panhandlers really make? Can you possibly make a living at this? How much of a difference does a funny sign make? Will people give to a guy in a banana suit? Does every sign have to say "God Bless?" Important questions. I aim to find the answers. Give me a dollar. God Bless.

Friday, July 15, 2005

On the Radio In LA

Kathy at KNX CBS News Radio in LA discovered me via via as did many other individuals including many radio stations. I've done an interview a day for three days with three more next monday. Kathy's boss Mike Singer contacted me and asked me to appear on their afternoon news program. I was in LA anyway, that's me panhandling with my "This Pays More Than Minimum Wage" sign and the Capitol Records building in the background, so it was decided I'd come into the station for the interview rather than phoning it in.
I went to the ancient CBS building, a relic from radio's golden age. Jack Benny once worked out of this building! I spare changed the gate security guards as we parked, but didn't get any dough out of them. I hit the front desk next but struck out again. I continued my spare changing as I was escorted through the builidng.

I got into the studio and into my headphones and we were on the air with Jim Thornton and Vicky Cox. I took the opportunity to promote Francois Fly while I was there when they asked what other ways I've tried to make money. I told them I manage and Insect Comedian. The DJ noted that I was not making fun of the needy and that my site often feature links to sites where you can contribute to various charities. I appreciated that. Mostly though we just clowned around and it was a-lot of fun. I spare changed each of the DJs and Vicky gave up a buck.

After we finished Singer led me and Lizard Boy (thanks for taking the photos L.B.) out of the building so they could get to their next guest; Grey Davis! HA! They had the disgraced and recalled ex-Governor of California on, but I was the lead. That's rich. I asked if I could panhandle Davis, but he was being interviewed by phone. I guess only us important guests come into the studio.

I was introduced to Kathy, who found me in the first place and we got a picture together. I then hit up her co-workers for money and made my fourth dollar off of CBS News. That's four bucks in less than twenty minutes. Spare changing radio stations on payday does indeed pay more than minimum wage. Thanks so much to Kathy for finding me and getting me on in LA today.

On Monday July 18th I'll be on KXJZ in Sacramento at 2pm with Jeffrey Callison, and I'll be on the air with Charles Adler at 12:30pm. Adler can be heard throughout Canada and even some places in America. (Yeah, yeah, I know, Canada is America too. Give me a buck and I'll change my wording.)
On Tuesday July 19th I'll be on Doug Stephan's Good Day, currently the ninth largest talk radio show in the country.

I can't be on the freeway offramp when I'm on the radio doing interviews so it's really hurting my income. Can you help me out with a couple of bucks? God Bless.


Blogger Phelpsy said...


I heard you on Adler yesterday and figured I had to come check the site out as it is something that I have wondered about before. Like you were, I am now sitting in a cubicle and would love to get up and do what you have done.

Great site and by tonight I will have it added to The Canadian Basement so that even more people can check this out

Have A Good One

6:38 AM

Blogger thepanhandler said...

Great. Thanks man. Glad you caught the show.

10:21 AM


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