The Dog House

The Dog House

Infobox Radio Show
show_name = The Dog House

imagesize = 200px
format = Comedy, Talk
runtime = 4 hours (approximately)
creator = JV, Elvis
country = flagicon|United States United States
first_aired = 1993
last_aired = March 2008
website =

The Dog House was an American radio talk show co-hosted by JV (Jeff Vandergrift) and Elvis (Dan Lay). The show was most recently based in New York City on 92.3 Free FM, and previously aired on ClearChannel's Wild 94.9 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The New York show was canceled in May 2007, due to a controversy over a segment that it aired involving a prank call to a Chinese restaurant.cite web|url=|title=Asian slurs end shock jocks' show on CBS|publisher=Yahoo! News|date=2007-05-12|accessdate=2007-05-12] The co-hosts and the producer were subsequently fired by the station and CBS Radio. In March 2008, they began broadcasting a new show via the web.


"The Dog House" stars JV (Jeff Vandergrift) and Elvis (Dan Lay). The two met in 1993 and have been radio cohosts (along with JV's high school friend and show producer "Hollywood" Lance Otani) for over 15 years, starting on Hot 97.7 in San Jose, California. In 1995, program directors Michael Martin and Joe Cunningham of Wild 107 eagerly hired them to fill a timeslot vacated by Mancow Muller. The Dog House quickly became a household name after joining Wild 107.7 (which subsequently moved to Wild 94.9), as they became the #1 rated morning show in the Bay Area [cite web|url=|title=Correction|publisher=San Francisco Chronicle|date=1998-05-18|accessdate=2008-04-19"The Doghouse is the top-rated morning program in the Bay Area in the demographic age groups 12-24 and 18-34."] receiving higher ratings than Howard Stern; [cite web|url=|title=Stern Is Moving To KITS|publisher=San Francisco Chronicle|date=1998-05-29|accessdate=2008-04-19" [Stern's] show is second to KYLD'S "Doghouse" in the morning slot."] only to be later terminated due to off-air controversy. Two years later they were fired again by CBS Radio in New York for an on-air prank.


Host JV (Jeff Vandergrift) and Elvis (Dan Lay) both co-host "The Dog House" radio show. JV is married to model and actress Natasha Yi. The two married following a live on-air proposal in San Francisco. [ [ Pic of Natasha Yi & JV] ]

Previous Dog House members

*"Hollywood" (Lance Otani)cite web|url=|title=Wild Dogs|publisher=San Francisco Chronicle|date=1998-05-15|accessdate=2008-04-11] -Producer for the show during its run at Wild 94.9, Hollywood was considered the third member of the Dog House beside JV and Elvis. Having a wife and several children, Hollywood chose not move with the show to New York.

Former Dog House staff

* "Big Joe" Lopez –The street guy for "The Dog House" during the Wild 94.9 and previously KHQT, Hot 97.7 era.
*"Hammerin'" Hank - An autistic fan of "The Dog House" who was hired as an intern at KYLD and even received his own radio show on Sunday mornings.
* "White Menace" cite web|url=|title=Of Love and Natalise|publisher=SF Weekly|date=2003-07-09|accessdate=2008-04-14 "the Doghouse morning show, which that day features Elvis, Hollywood, Show Biz, and White Menace."] - Assistant producer for the show at Wild 94.9. He is currently a member of "The Woody Show" on Live 105.
* Showbiz – Currently co-hosting mornings on 102.5 KDON.


Throughout its history, the show had a feud with Brad Kava, a broadcast columnist for the "San Jose Mercury News". The station once responded to his negative reviews of "The Dog House" with a large ad in the newspaper that read: "FUN RADIO IS BACK Bringing You a Mad-Kap Cup of Morning Java!" with two hands framing a photo of JV & Elvis. But when folded inward, similar to a MAD fold-in, the ad then read "FUCK Brad Kava" with the hands forming an upraised middle finger. [cite web|url=|title=Radio Rumble|origin=MetroActive|date=1997-10-16|accessdate = 2006-09-20]

In April of 2005, they were fired for lewd remarks made off-air to their guests. [cite web|url=|title=Radio show insults Drum & Bugle Corps"On and off the air, corps members claimed to have been insulted by members of the morning program, based in San Francisco."] Shortly after being fired from Wild 94.9, they helped launch KIFR at the end of 2005 before moving to New York City, where it was announced that they would join 92.3 FreeFM. The new show went under the title "JV & Elvis" during its first few months until the hosts revived "The Dog House" name.

On September 28 2006, "The Opie & Anthony Show", which immediately precedes "The Dog House", was extended half an hour into "The Dog House" time slot and CBS Radio played fifteen minutes of commercials before "The Dog House" was allowed on the air. JV and Elvis complained on the air about having to wait, which prompted Opie and Anthony to call in. Hosts from the two shows engaged in a bitter argument. [cite web|url=|title= Dog House vs. O&A (audio)|origin=zshare.netFree FM Feed] [cite web|url=|title= Dog House vs. O&A (audio)|origin=oavirus.comXM Feed] The following day Opie and Anthony intentionally extended their show almost twenty minutes into the 9 O'Clock hour to anger "The Dog House". In response, "Dog House" fans showed support for "The Dog House" during their on-location broadcast (Live from the Javitz center) by shouting chants such as "Opie and Anthony suck". The two shows later made up their differences following the firing of Don Imus by CBS.

On March 27 2007, a local band called A Brief Smile came on for a weekly segment called Talent Tuesday. After being asked what radio station they listen to, the bass player responded with a sarcastic "People still listen to radio?" JV and Elvis responded by calling him various homophobic insults, such as "faggot" and "pansy," before kicking him out. The hosts proceeded to call the bass player a "fag" and after playing a song by the band called the bass part "a little faggy." The bass player returned to the studio, stated he was bisexual and that he found their use of the word "faggot" offensive. JV and Elvis said that they didn't know, but that they didn't care and told him he was acting like a baby. Gay rights groups such as GLAAD criticized the show as being homophobic for their remarks. [cite web|url=|title=WFNY Radio Ignores DJ’s Use of Anti-Gay SlursEdge Boston Article]

On April 21 2007, the show rebroadcasted a six minute-long segment of a prank call to a Chinese restaurant (that was first broadcasted April 5). The [ call] featured a voice using racial stereotypes (examples include "Chinese man, tell me about your tiny egg roll... your tiny egg roll in your pants", "Should I come to your restaurant so that I can see you naked… that way I can see your hot Asian spicy ass", and "You area very nice Chinese man… probably can't drive for shit, but who cares.") Several Chinese American advocacy groups, including the Organization of Chinese Americans, were outraged by this segment, describing it as "racist, vulgar and sexist.". [cite web|url=|title= Chinese Americans outraged by CBS radio|publisher=CCTV|date=2003-04-23|accessdate=2007-04-24] On April 23, the duo were suspended indefinitely without pay. Jeff Vandergrift, one of the hosts, apologized on the show the following Monday. [ [ CBS Radio Suspends 2 For Racial Prank] ]

The show was later canceled, with CBS Radio spokeswoman Karen Mateo stating, "The Dog House with JV and Elvis will no longer be broadcast." [cite web|url=|title= 'Dog' gone! CBS axes radio show after prank|publisher=New York Daily News|date=2007-05-13|accessdate=2008-04-15]

Post Free FM

The Dog House are now hosting a new show on their website It is a multimedia broadcast, enabling them to display pictures and video as well as audio.


At KYLD, "The Dog House" branched out into comedy CDs and DVDs, most of which were given away to listeners or sold by local music shops and online. [cite web |url= | How Many People Must Get Dissed |accessdate=2008-04-24 ] [cite web |url= | Radio Kings 2 |accessdate=2008-04-24 ]

All CDs and DVDs are currently out of print.


* 1995 – "Doghouse Bites Vol. I"
* 1996 – "Doghouse Bites Vol. II"
* 1997 – "You Want Trouble?"
* 2000 – "How Many People Must Get Dissed?"
* 2002 – "Stop Eye-Balling Me Boy!"
* "Still The King" - Doghouse Greg Lopez
* "King Of Turntables" - Doghouse Greg Lopez
* "Traffic Jams Vol. 1" - Doghouse Greg Lopez
* "Mix Allstars" - The Doghouse
* "Afterhours (multiple)" - Doghouse Greg Lopez


* 199? - "Dog House Raw" (VHS)
* 199? - "Doghouse Too Raw" (VHS)
* 1999 – "Radio Kings" (VHS)
* 2001 - "Radio Kings 2" (VHS)
* 2003 – "Maybe You Should…" (DVD)


External links

* [] - Official website for the now online Dog House show
* [] - A message board for "The Dog House" fans

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