The first time Jonny Donhowe (fluf, Jalopy, Olivelawn, Diablo Dimes) heard the Mikey Show “testimony,” he thought it was a morning-show bit that lampooned televangelists. “I thought it was a joke. I thought, This is really weird. I was waiting for the punchline that never came.”
Mike Esparza, namesake of the Mikey Show, testifies every Friday on the air as to how Jesus Christ helped turn him away from a life of substance abuse. Esparza moved his all-talk morning show from Rock 105.3 to 94/9 this year.
Donhowe is the manager of Lancers bar in University Heights. He describes an incident involving a member of the Mikey Show in the early hours of Saturday, February 27.
“The bartenders tell me, ‘You have to see this guy across the street. He can’t get into his car.’ This guy was coming out of another bar in the neighborhood. He was trying to put his keys into every single lock on the car, including the trunk. He can’t make his keys work, so he spins around and falls in the street. There’s no way I’m going to let this guy drive home. I confront him. I wrote down his license plate and told him if he drives I’m calling the police. It was about 12:30.”
Donhowe says he took the man’s keys. “I told him if he wants them he can come to my bar across the street in the morning and I’ll give them back to him, but I wouldn’t let him in the bar that night.… Five minutes later the guy is out front, leaning on the lamppost, asking for his keys back. That’s when three squad cars pull up. I gave them his keys. Had I not grabbed his keys, he probably would have gone down with a felony DUI. If you have possession of your keys, you can still get a DUI even if you are not driving.… The cops drove him home. Then I found out that this was Steve Woods, the guy from the Mikey Show.”
Woods joined the crew of the Mikey Show when it moved to 94/9. He handles sports.
Neighbor Julio Flores confirmed details of Donhowe’s account, including the fact that Woods was taken away by the police. “He was so drunk, I don’t think he knew what he was doing. His car stayed there [on Park Boulevard near Adams] for the next couple of days.”
SDPD spokesman Detective Gary Hassan said there may not be a police report if he was not arrested and only driven home.
Woods responds: “This was a great wake-up call. I got humbled. I have no problem owning up to it. I owe Jonny a huge debt of gratitude. He prevented the situation from going further. It could have been very detrimental, to say the least.”
Woods says that police eventually put him in a cab. “I don’t know why they took pity on me.” While he says it is not an excuse…“I’ve seen my wife 2 of the last 48 days. She’s my balance.” He says she will move here after they sell their house in Dallas.
Esparza and station management had no comment as to whether the incident would have any effect on the spiritual portion of the Mikey Show.
The arrival of the Mikey Show resulted in an uptick in 94/9’s ratings for the month of January.