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Bill Handel Watch: The Handel Vs. White Smackdown

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Los Angeles Times: DJ fight hits airwaves

KFI-AM’s Bill Handel denounces KYSR-FM’s Jamie White in the studio during her show

Clear Channel Radio suspended morning radio host Bill Handel of KFI-AM (640) for one week following an angry on-air outburst Friday morning during Jamie White’s show on sister station KYSR-FM (98.7).

Angered over White’s off-air comments to his twin preteen daughters, who were visiting the Burbank office where both stations operate, Handel burst into the studio where White hosts her “Jamie, Jack and Stench” show and shouted on the air: “If you ever talk to my kids like that again, Jamie, I’m going to kick your ass!”

Radio and Records has a more detailed account:

KFI/Los Angeles personality Bill Handel got a little hot under the collar with Jamie White, morning hostess at Clear Channel clusterpal KYSR (Star 98.7), on the air this morning. Handel, who occasionally brings his kids to work, went into Star’s studio and began yelling at White live, allegedly because she threw his kids out of her studio.

According to a clip that aired on KTLA-TV this morning, White opened the exchange by telling Handel, “I just pointed at your kids with my orange flute and told them don’t come back.” Handel angrily responded, “If you ever talk to my kids that way again, Jamie, I am going to kick your ass. You are not allowed to talk to them! Are you telling me they can’t be on the fifth floor?”

White shot back, “I’m telling them they can’t be right there,” to which Handel yelled, “You have such goddamn losing numbers on this loser show. Shut up! You don’t talk to my kids that way.” Handel also shouted, “Don’t you touch me!” which suggests that someone was trying to force him out of the studio — right before he dropped a couple of f-bombs on his way out.

Here is the clip from You Tube:

Allah has the story and read some of his commenters:

If he lets his kids run around work, (too cheap to pay for day care or a sitter) he’s imposing on everyone else to babysit them for him. They wander in where they didn’t belong, evidently as usual, this time they got a sharp correction, and went mewling back to Daddy. He (all about me and what I want) then responds like an an irate, self-righteous woman. He’s completely self-centered and he’s passing the bad habits on to his spawn, but it’s everyone else’s fault. Real men teach their kids boundries, “Yes ma’am, no Sir” and other such wonderful trappings of civilized society, like knowing when to be quiet and keeping your little hands off the studio dials.

naliaka on December 17, 2006 at 1:18 PM

What a self-righteous, incompetent, failed parent arsehole.
Somebody should have beaten him to a pulp, then let the air out of the wheels on his wheelchair.
G-d but I HATE pricks like that.

Misha I on December 17, 2006 at 3:59 PM

BILL HANDEL IS AN IDIOT AND A MORON WHO HAS NO RESPECT FOR ANYTHING DECENT.He supports sodomites, abortion, and everything else that’s wrong with this country. His daughters are obnoxious little twits which is no surprise seeing as they’re his. He pimps them out to his advertisers for voice overs (radio spots) and they manage to sound like two pampered buttholes while eliciting donations to a childrens charity!

Soothsayer on December 17, 2006 at 4:12 PM

Flap listens to Handel’s show occasionally while commuting around southern California. Why?

KFI 640 AM has a much stronger signal than Salem Communications KRLA 870. If I commuted more I would certainly subscribe to either XM or Sirius radio.

Bill Handel is often an obnoxious JERK who makes fun of his listeners. How he ever achieves the listening ratings is beyond me.

For now, Handel will cool his heels for a week and when he is back probably rack up even higher ratings.

Ahhhhhh show business………

And why weren’t his daughters in school anyway?


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23 thoughts on “Bill Handel Watch: The Handel Vs. White Smackdown

  1. So Bill Handel has shown his true colors, to hell with the world my kids can play anywhere and to hell with others trying to do their own jobs. Bill is too cheap to get a babysitter. Hey Bill your rotten kids are only cute to you, get a clue.

  2. Most likely, Bill’s daughters were off school for the first evening of Hanukkah. Just a guess, though. I’m going to reserve judgement on this one until I hear more about what his daughters were doing near the Star camp. It’s very easy to say that his daughters are brats and Bill’s just a jerk, but what if this Star chick was being a snot on her own? Obviously the whole “orange flute” comment was crafted to be baiting and condescending if you listen to how she said it, which would incite anger in any reasonably protective parent – but especially Bill, because he’s got a temper.

    On the other hand, his daughters at that age certainly should not have been allowed to just wander around the premises, but we don’t even know if they were doing that. I don’t know how close in proximity KFI’s studio is to Star’s, but that could make a difference. If they’re right next to each other, and his daughters were waiting outside for Dad to take a break, they would not really be able to help having done something, anything at all, in close proximity to the Star studio. I read somewhere that the girls had lost a softball and Jamie’s producer was helping them find it, which pissed Jamie off because the producer was not available to her at that moment. Who knows – maybe they were walking by, returning from a bathroom break, and dropped the ball. Balls roll. It may have accidentally rolled somewhere it shouldn’t have. This is typical KID behavior, and not necessarily indicative of Bill’s daughters being brats. That kind of behavior would be age appropriate for them.

    As a parent with a young son who also works in the studios, all I can say for myself is that whenever I’ve had to bring my son into my work environment, I’ve always made sure to keep him in my sight at all times, and he’s never been in trouble. It’s just common courtesy. We’ll see how this all unfolds…

  3. I think his kids are 10 or 12 years of age; old enough to know better. I like Bill Handels show, but I’m sure he would get irate if someone else’s kids were in the way when he’s trying to work in a private, on-air studio. If all Jamie did was point and say “Don’t come back.”, that’s no big deal. I’ve gotten much worse. If I were reprimanded by someone for disrupting their work or being where I did’nt belong, I would’nt go crying to daddy. I’d have got smacked, and he’d of dragged me back, and we’d both of apologized. My individual opinion is that they are little princesses. I’d like more info to be sure though. It is possible there are other cicumstances involved.

  4. Bill Handel is a complete A**; he is completely rude, arrogant and clearly the biggest Pimp on radio today. There isn’t a prodcut or service that he won’t Pimp for and now even has his obnoxious family pimping on KFI as well. Everything from the latest Morgage Scam to Hair Restoration Services (something he should have used a couple dozen year ago himself). I find Clear Channel disgusting for allowing this blatant Pimping for Handel’s personal benefit and keeping this jerk on the air considering his recent highly unprofessional conduct.

    In ANY other industry, if someone had barged into a public meeting given by a fellow employee and berrated that employee in public, he would have been FIRED on the spot. I’m in LA and I will never listen to another KFI or Clear Channel owned station until they fire this obvious jerk!

  5. There is the possibility that this was staged. You know, one show is dropping in ratings (Jamie’s) and another talk show host blasts her over the airways and both shows get mileage out of it over a slow news week (Christmas-New Year’s is usually a bit weak for news and listeners as morning drive (Handel’s show)listeners take holiday leave.
    Then there is the issue of the children in the studio. KFI-AM 640 radio often uses the children of their “talent” to voice commercials or interject pre-recorded commets (as one of them did with a Spanish “rat-bastard” comment that was frequently injected into commentary). Perhaps they were there to make one of those. Since both girls go to private school, it is likely they were on winter break/Christmas recess which is longer than public school usually gets. Finally, worst of all, Handel could have brought them to work with him and let them roam about while he was on-air. Safety wouldn’t have been much of an issue for the girls as they are not babies or toddlers and the studio is fairly secure, but it certainly speaks ill of any parent who expects the staff of other businesses to provide unpaid sitter service or entertain his little darlings while Bill was on-air.
    In any of the cases, it certainly showed poor judgment on the part of Jamie as well as Bill. There are security people to remove the unwanted from the studios. Surely calling them to escort the girls would have caused less brou-ha-ha. Both Jamie and Bill were mutually engaged in that display of childish obscenity shouting. And Bill certainly should not be allowing his little darlings to run amok in the workplace…they weren’t in HIS studio, were they? Sadly, ratings on shows with a large listening office usually generate big egos, and little common sense or decency.

  6. This can’t be a case of “down the hall”. The following is a clip from the blog of Michelle Kube, executive producer for Bill Handel…her own blog on KFI shows there was previous problems between the shows, her thoughts on the Jamie, Jack and Stench team and the fact that they are on entirely different floors, not just “passing by”

    From: KFI640.com, blogs, michelle kube:

    CHILDISH FM-ERS….OR MF-ERS IF YOU PREFER
    Friday 12-08-2006 1:43pm
    I hate idiots.

    I also hate people who act like children in places of business.

    Don’t get me wrong, having fun is great…but when you lower yourself to what happened to me yesterday, you’re simply an idiot, and I hate you.

    So yesterday, I’m getting ready to leave about 11am and I’m standing in our elevator area waiting for the elevator to arrive to lower me to my destination.

    So, the door opens, and a bunch of people from a certain bastard FM station get out.

    (The FM stations are upstairs, and we’re on a different floor so we’re separated from them.)

    Now, let me be clear here, MOST of the FM stations owned by our company employ extremely nice, fun, pleasant people, but there’s a certain few that ruin the image of FM people for everyone. Why? They’re mean, bitchy, and are incredibly full of themselves.

    So anyway, some people from a ‘wacky’ FM morning show were leaving the elevator and besides the fact that they don’t bother to acknowledge someone outside of their ranks by saying ‘hello’, (even when I say it to THEM….oh I forgot, they’re so engrossed in their OWN conversation they can’t be bothered to be polite)…when I got into the elevator what did I find?

    **EVERY SINGLE ELEVATOR BUTTON PRESSED

    Very mature.

    You know who you are. You people STINK….actually, you have a STENCH.

  7. HAHAHAHA….It is freakin hilarious. Way to go Bill!!!! Shows why Handel and KFI have such great ratings. Because they are entertaining. Bill was right about their loser show, even if he was mean about it. Anyone ever try to listen to that mush? Good God its like nails scraping a chalkboard. Jamie sounds like a major bitch and every bitch needs to be put in their place once in a while. STAR should fire JJ&S and find some real talent…like Handle (or John and Ken). (or John Ziegler).

  8. I LOVE Bill He makes fun of all people equally. Maybe he was a little grumpy…but I love his show and have been an avid listener since he began. Go Bill.

  9. Good for Bill !!!!! His got a great show and he stands up for his family!!!!!! Jamie White is not a nice person… I’ve heard many bad stories about her.

  10. Thank God they finally fired these three losers. Their show stinks and the fact is that they are so full of themselves the “Stench” can be smelled from a mile away. Bill was dead on correct and good riddance to bad radio…

  11. GO BILL!!!!!!! i hate jamie all she does is make disgusting commens about everything!
    a couple weeks ago even somebodys undreage son was on the show and she was talking dirty to
    him! I LOVE BILL HANDEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!l

  12. The Jamie, Jack and Stench show was the best show on the radio…Bill Handel is the one who should have been canned!

  13. OK WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON HERE! DO WE HAVE TO HAVE ANOTHER PETITION TO BRING BACK JAMIE JACK & STENCH?? I HOPE THERE IS ONE BEING STARTED RIGHT NOW… I DONT CARE WHAT HAPPENED IF THEY GOT FIRED THEN HE (bill) SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN FIRED TOO. YOU CAN’T DO THIS, IT’S CRAZY! IT’S LIKE TWO KIDS FIGHTING BUT ONLY ONE GETS PUNISHED NO, I DON’T THINK SO. HE SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN FIRED TOO AND THOSE HIS KIDS … OH LET ME TELL YOU SHOULD HAVE NOT BEEN WONDERING AROUND OK PERIOD. HE SHOULD HAVE TOLD THEM BEFORE HE YELLED AT JAMIE THAT THEY SHOULDN’T BE WONDERING INTO STUDIOS ESPECIALLY WHILE THEY ARE LIVE HMMMM WOULD HE HAVE LIKED THAT, THEN HE SHOULD HAVE APOLIGIZED TO JAMIE, JACK AND STENCH DURING COMMERCIAL AND SAY HEY SORRY BOUT MY KIDS, NO HARM K’ THATS HOW YOU HANDLE THINGS THEN IF YOU STILL WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT YOU DO AFTER THEY ARE DONE WITH WORK GEEEEEEEZ FREAKIN PEOPLE.

    BY THE WAY SOMEONE NEEDS TO PICK UP JAMIE, JACK & STENCH…. I AM NOT LISTENING TO STAR(unless they bring them back) AND NEVER HAVE LISTENED TO THAT OTHER GUY.

  14. How can a business make a decision that is so biased. It’s been recorded. Who could hear what happened and decide JJ&S should be canned. We love them, and if they aren’t coming back, neither are tens of thousands of your “former” listners. I can listen to AM1070 on my way to work. I know that Jamie was a handful, but that is why we all love her and continue to follow the “Trekk” of Jamie’s life from Frosty and Frank through Danny and to Jack and Stench. You will certainly feel the impact of this blatentley unfair decision.

    Former Star Fan

  15. Jamie White is without a doubt the most obnoxious female radio host besides Dr. Laura. While Mr. Handel may have been out of line, Jamie probably did cross the line when dealing with his children. There are a LOT of people dancing on the grave of Jamie’s career (including former co-hosts Frosty, Frank, AND Danny Bonaduce), but I fear that with the way our society is, she’ll be back on the airwaves, whether it be on LA radio, another market, or even *shudder* satellite radio.

  16. Serves Jamie right to be put in her place.
    She often acts out of line, and whether Bill Handel was appropriate or not, someone had to say something to her.
    I’ve met her in person and she was just as unpleasant then, as she is on the radio. She has no problem insulting her fans to get a laugh from the people around her. The fact that a company would employee somebody who represents them the way she does is beyond me.
    Thank God for people like Bill, who aren’t hesistant to tell rude, disrespectful people what they think. I would have done the same.

  17. I am so glad Jamie got fired. Serves her right. Karma’s a b*tch!
    …the best show on the radio?? hello… get a life!
    That woman has no class, no tact, no respect, and no integrity.
    It’s about time they canned her.
    I highly doubt it was due to the fight with Bill.
    If that was the case, only she would have gotten fired.
    The way she talks about others, you’d think she was miss America.
    Have you seen her??? she’s far from it.
    Now I can finally listen to Star radio since she’s off the air.
    The boycott has ended.

  18. Those girls shouldn’t have been in Jamie’s studio, period. Jamie did handle it badly, but as she is usually rude and abrasive, it isn’t out of character for her to be bitchy and unkind.
    I am happy to hear we will no longer be subjected to her annoying behavior. I am a Howard Stern fan, and don’t mind when someone works blue to be funny, but Howard’s audience is in on the joke, and Howard respects his audience.
    Jamie is crude, disrespectful, rude to callers and on-air guests, even to children on the telephone. I am sick of hearing about her boyfriend, and tired of her making fun of callers. I am sick of her advertising her web site on-air.
    I liked Jack and Stench, especially when they were paired with Tori Spelling.

  19. Even at 11 they’re used to being in the station. Bill’s kids record commercials at the station for children’s charities with any salary they receive going back the the charity.
    Granted they shouldn’t have been in the studio during a broadcast without supervision, but no one has brought up why we can’t find out what Jamie really said to the Handel’s children. All we get is Bill rampage because it was the recorded.

    The version I heard was that the kids were distracting Jamie’s producer and it was pissing her off to the point that she yell at the kids to “get the fuck out my studio, does your father know what you’re doing? Get out and don’t ever come in here again!”

    I’m sorry you don’t use fuck with a child. She deserved the it.

    And althought it wasn’t the right forum, Bill it appears was right, she had a really bad show. Glad to see it cancelled.

  20. This is B.S. So who cares if his kids are used to be at his work, and that they do freakin commercials the point is this whole thing was blown out of hand. Freakin talk to Jamie, give her a warning or get the “parent” and Jamie together because it was wrong all around. Hello!!! I am sure he would have not liked someone disturbing his show while on he’s on the air. Maybe because he is a talk show host and is competing he thought that it was ok, but that just shows how much respect he has for radio hosts and that’s not necessarily a good thing. Maybe Jamie was off ok I wouldnt like someone disrespecting my kid but if my kid is being a SPOILED LITTLE A** and being inconsiderate to other people who work where their dad works come on I would expect someone to tell them something if I am not around to do it (basically not watching them). I too have taken my kids to work and always warned them before getting there and while being there that there are people working, to be considerate, to behave, not be loud, to be respectful, use your manners and no one has had a problem with them. But if by any chance they were misbehaving or doing something they should not be doing like going into an important meeting or in someone’s work space while “on the air” and I wasnt around to say anything I would expect someone to before they disturb anyone obviously in a kind manner but…. It all depends on how it was taken in the first place and what his kids went and told their dad. Bottom line is if Jamie, Jack & Stench got fired for this then Bill should have been fired too.

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