Dr. Demento

Dr. Demento

Radio is changing. For the first time in 40 years, it won’t have Doctor Demento

As Barry Hansen, Dr. D.  studied music at Reed College and earned an MA in Folklore and Ethnomusicology from UCLA, where he was a classmate of musician John Fahey. The good Doctor began working at KPPC-FM in Los Angeles in 1970, and developed a following for his highly-devloped taste in … unusual pop music of many eras.  Look up “Novelty Song” in Wikipedia and the entry notes “See also: Dr. Demento.” His weekly show began syndication in 1974, a weekly two-hour program of “novelty” records and plain wierdness. It ceased last month.

The end of the broadcast probably says more about the state of radio and recording than the popularity of the Doctor’s … musical specialty. The Dr. Demento Show will continue as an online-only streaming audio feature.


 “Dr. Demento leaves the airwaves,” Kevin Roderick, LA Observed.

“Dr. Demento: Off The Air, But Still Happily Deranged,” NPR.

“Dr. Demento wraps up 40 years on the air, moves online,” Steve Julian, SCPR.

“Dr. Demento Ends His 40 Year Old Radio Show,” Chicagoland Radio and Media.

“Dr. Demento leaves live radio, but saves Fish Heads for internet,” Neil Kapit, LA Examiner.

“Dr. Demento leaving radio for the Internet,” John Rogers, AP via Google.

“Farewell, Dr. Demento — and the novelty song?” Sam Adams, Salon.

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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One Response to “Dr. Demento”

  1. Nitz the Bloody Says:

    Thank you to linking to my LA Examiner article, Mike!

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