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The End of the Dr. Demento Show On Radio

kdawson posted more than 4 years ago | from the aka-barret-eugene-hansen dept.

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damnbunni writes "Dr. Demento has announced that his long-running comedy radio show will be ending (except weekly in and around Amarillo, TX). Modern 'format' radio has been less and less friendly to oddball and offbeat programming, and after years of declining station membership the Doctor announced on June 6 that his radio show will be no more. He will still stream weekly shows on Saturday from his website, drdemento.com. While I'm sad to see the show go, nearly 40 years is a good run."

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The End (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32493668)

And I mean it.

Re:The End (2, Interesting)

happy_place (632005) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494672)

Too bad, though I haven't listened to it in ages... perhaps because what he did, the internet does so much better... I mean he was an aggragate of comedy/weird music in an age before internet searches... It's where I first heard of musical comedians like Tom Lehrer and (not as musical) George Carlin... and of course the god of musical mirth, Weird Al... who has done quite well by evolving with the times... as evidenced by the fact that I still regularly watch his stuff on YouTube...

A bang or a whimper (4, Insightful)

spqr0a1 (1504087) | more than 4 years ago | (#32493706)

It's sad to see it go. The show that helped so many of the musicians that geeks love make it big.

How will we get our entertainment in the future? I think the net will let shows like Dr. Demento thrive.

I wrote a column on Dr. Demento (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494296)

http://www.irememberjfk.com/mt/2009/11/dr_demento.php [irememberjfk.com]

He's a legend, radio will miss him.

"Star Trekking, across the universe..."

Re:I wrote a column on Dr. Demento (2, Informative)

idiotnot (302133) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494572)

Nice write-up.

I agree he'll be missed, but, really, he hasn't been around for most stations since he left WW1. Music radio today doesn't even begin to resemble music radio in 1990. By the late 80s, most music stations didn't have network affiliations, much less run regular programming. The AOR formats of the 70s put a nail into that, as well as shows like Dr. Demento's. The stations who still do have significant network ties are overwhelmingly news/talk outlets. Why put on Dr. Demento when you can run three hours of Art Bell repeats free of charge?

I used to listen to him as a kid on AFRTS. Was always enjoyable. At nearly 70 years old, the Doc probably should be hanging it up, and enjoying retirement.

Wonder if he could guest with Joey Reynolds; that would be a ton of radio history to hear!

Re:I wrote a column on Dr. Demento (1)

markhb (11721) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495248)

Yes, losing his contract with radio's largest syndicator (WW1... is there anyone else left?) didn't help. When I was in high school (early 80's), the good Doctor was largely on AOR stations (at least where I was), typically late Sunday nights.

Re:A bang or a whimper (1)

Concern Is A Faggot (859837) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494332)

It's sad to see it go. The show that helped so many of the musicians that geeks love make it big.

Is that an endorsement or an indictment?

It is sad: This show is/was HILARIOUS! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494990)

LMAO - this brings back some OLD memories for me, circa 1984 (while I was a freshman in college). I had come into my dorm room quite late @ night one evening (a bit buzzed from a few beers I was having with some pals of mine then)... my then roommate (now deceased, God rest his soul (he was a good man)), was sleeping.

I was being an ass, & I then decided to turn on my stereo, & lo and behold, what was on? The Dr. Demento show!

Hehehe, & they were then playing "I BELIEVE IN BUGS", lmao...

Anyhow/anyways: That tune woke my former roommate from his sleep, which ordinarily meant "trouble"... but, when he heard it? LOL, even HE started laughing his you-know-what off, from that silly tune!

(Ordinarily, we'd have "gotten into it" due to my waking he as I did in this case, with "music"... guess it's "PROOF" that "music (such as it was in THIS tune, lol) hath charms to soothe the savage beast")

I was never a "huge regular follower" of this radio show, but when I DID listen to it? It was consistently always good for a huge laugh 9/10 times!

APK

P.S.=> Hehe, all in all? It was nice to have "relived" this old memory this brought up "from the mental archives" here... So, thanks for that much in this article on /. ... apk

Re:A bang or a whimper (4, Interesting)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495028)

At least we can hear him on Saturdays. He hasn't been on the radio anywhere I've been for years; hooray, internet!

If it wasn't for Dr. Demento, nobody would have ever heard of Wierd Al. IMO some of Al's older stuff, like the polka versions of Rolling Stones songs, were his best; the stuff he taped at home and mailed to Dr. Demento.

I'm ignorant (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32493720)

I'm not trying to troll but why is this relevant? Why is this Dr. Demented important? What is being lost?

Re:I'm ignorant (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32493760)

Local radio and opportunities for niche programming are disappearing. We are left with Clear Channel drones broadcasting across the nation the same drab crap. The free market is going after the lowest denominator. Personally, I did not like Dr Demento but a large number of slashdotters probably do. It is a shame that it is harder to find a place for something different in this world.

I live in a small town. Clear Channel is one more way to erode something unique. The corporate whores at the FCC have decide to server their corporate masters, and this is just one more sympton.

Re:I'm ignorant (5, Funny)

discord5 (798235) | more than 4 years ago | (#32493856)

The corporate whores at the FCC have decide to server their corporate masters

Yes, I too have servered my corporate masters every now and then. From great distances I have hurled 1U, 2U and every now and then 4U servers towards their heads. Sadly, despite their weight and looking very sturdy, servers break too easily for servering my corporate masters on a regular basis.

I'm planning to bring out a book in a year or two: How to server man.

FWIW, I make the same typo nearly all the time ;)

Re:I'm ignorant (1)

fl!ptop (902193) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495230)

The corporate whores at the FCC have decided to sever their corporate masters

Fixed that for ya.

Re:I'm ignorant (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494048)

In other words:

Blah blah blah big business blah blah blah evil capitalism blah blah blah.
    Signed, a typical slashdot commie

+5000, Redundant as hell but spouting the commie party line never grows old on this commie paradise web site

Re:I'm ignorant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494698)

It is painfully obvious you never had the pleasure of listening to the Dr. Demento show.

Re:I'm ignorant (3, Interesting)

mh1997 (1065630) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494258)

Local radio and opportunities for niche programming are disappearing.

Dr. Demento was syndicated, not local. He is definately niche.

It is a shame that it is harder to find a place for something different in this world.

Too bad there is not some system that can allow people to connect and search for content using computers.

I live in a small town. Clear Channel is one more way to erode something unique. The corporate whores at the FCC have decide to server their corporate masters, and this is just one more sympton.

I also live in a small town and if it weren't for the clear channel stations, I'd receive no radio stations (we have weak local stations with lots of static).

Re:I'm ignorant (1)

Darth Sdlavrot (1614139) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494404)

Local radio and opportunities for niche programming are disappearing.

Dr. Demento was syndicated, not local. He is definately niche.

He wasn't always syndicated.

I used to listen to his (four hour) show on KMET 94.7 in Los Angeles in the 70s. Went to see one of his live shows broadcast from Los Angeles Pierce College once too.

Dang I'm old.

Re:I'm ignorant (1)

NekSnappa (803141) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494486)

Ahhh, "The Mighty Met!"

With Patrick "Paraquat" Kelley talking about 'face saddles', and 'belly stirrups', Dr. D, and a bunch of other good on air talent.

Also played great album rock. I was very disappointed the first time I heard them play a Flock of Seagulls song. They were dead to me after that.

Appears I'm old too.

Re:I'm ignorant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495122)

And the Fish Report With a Beat, and the Wednesday night piccolo lessons - "pucker up and blow" - Dr. D. was a great fit with that kind of wackiness, but frankly I'll be able to find his online show much more easily than getting a radio signal in the boonies where I now live. I will, too.

I think my current fave, www.kcalfm.com, is a Clear Channel station. It's almost as much fun as KMET. They're the reason I've never bothered with satellite radio - they're the only station I like (can't take Mark & Brian).

Re:I'm ignorant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494438)

True, he could put his content on the internet as you say. However, he wouldn't get paid for his work and would have to pay for bandwidth and hosting. I guess you mean he could donate his own money to produce and host this content. But that would be sorta stupid.

Re:I'm ignorant (2)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494554)

If no-one values his work enough to pay for it, perhaps his work isn't that important after all.

Re:I'm ignorant (2, Interesting)

BVis (267028) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494940)

Yes, because as we all know, the only value of something is how much money it's worth.

Re:I'm ignorant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494278)

I know this isn't a cure all, but have you tried NPR? There are quite a few programs on there of merit. Radiolab, for one, should be instantly interesting to many slashdotters.

Re:I'm ignorant (-1, Troll)

Wonko the Sane (25252) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494346)

I can't stand to listen to NPR anymore. Ever since the last presidential inauguration they turned into a shameless propaganda outlet. Now they're Fox News's socialist twin.

Re:I'm ignorant (2, Insightful)

Cornwallis (1188489) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494424)

sorry, but NPR is as bad as Clear Channel! I didn't use tho think that way and I don't think NPR was that way years ago but they have the same corporate roll-over-anybody-who-doesn't-agree-with-them mindset that characterizes the stereotypical Big Media guys. For example, not too many years ago NPR came out STRONG against the low power radio service that was gaining a toe-hold in markets now being steamrolled by Clear Channel (and NPR!) They said the low power stations wouldn't be in the public interest when in reality the low power stations were EXACTLY what the public wanted and needed in small markets. NPR is Big Business. But since it is so "PC" it doesn't get tagged the same way as Clear Channel.

Re:I'm ignorant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494360)

Sorry, but neither local radio nor niche programming opportunities are going anywhere. In fact, networks such as NPR have recently reported an all-time high in listenership, with NPR CEO Vivian Schiller crowing about this very matter at the recent All Things D conference.

In addition, with Sirius/XM, a bazillion podcasts available on iTunes and elsewhere, and the ability to stream radio stations from the most far flung locations on the planet, the fact is that there are more listening choices than ever before. Hell, I'm a radio fanatic and have never heard of Dr Demento. This Slashdot posting is my opportunity to check him out, something that never would have happened had he not made the choice to move online.

As for the FCC and their "corporate masters", the best thing the FCC could possibly do is stay the hell out of the way of radio, the Internet, and everything else in media. In case you haven't noticed, the only thing the government is good at is royally screwing things up. WAKE UP. You have more listening opportunities than you could ever possibly use.

Re:I'm ignorant (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494618)

Local radio and opportunities for niche programming are disappearing. We are left with Clear Channel drones broadcasting across the nation the same drab crap.

Dr. Demento was carried in my area by a clearchannel station, so while I agree with you that they are eroding creativity, that has nothing to do with this.

Re:I'm ignorant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494704)

The free market is going after the lowest denominator.

To be fair, you can hardly call any market in the US "free", considering they are all subject to the most expensive, most powerful government in history as well as the most complex set of laws this world has ever seen. Radio in particular is heavily regulated in the US, and this is likely the reason why the market has been consolidated into the hands of the few. It's not unlike the situation with cable and telco monopolies.

Re:I'm ignorant (1)

Myopic (18616) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494878)

Whoa. Is Clear Channel still in operation? Wow, I haven't heard a Clear Channel radio station for, sheesh, it must be eight or nine years now. I totally agree: it sucks badly; people should turn it off like so many of us already have.

Re:I'm ignorant (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494934)

It is a shame that it is harder to find a place for something different in this world.

College radio has always been my favorite. We have WQNA [wqna.org] her in Springfield, "roughly the power of four light bulbs". They play pretty much anything and everything; I once heard Tennessee Ernie Ford followed by the Dead Kennedies followed by Johnny Cash.

In St Louis you have to be in Forest Park (or on the bluff with a very good reciever) to hear Washington University's ten watt station.

Re:I'm ignorant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494974)

There is this thing that you may have heard of called the internet that appeals to pretty much every niche ever thought of.

Local Radio now online! (1)

acomj (20611) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495246)

I recommend MIT WMBR if your in the boston/cambridge area, but being online it works anywhere:

http://www.wmbr.org/ [wmbr.org]

they keep a 2 week archive of shows online, if you miss one live. Lost and Found sounds is particularly interesting. Quality of DJs and music subject to programing. The pdf program guide gives descriptions of shows.

Re:I'm ignorant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32493790)

"Dr. Demented"??? That alone says why you aren't qualified to even ask this question. Geez.

Re:I'm ignorant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32493806)

Because the subject of "I'm ignorant" and the question itself wasn't enough of an indicator? I think your comment and grandparent are about on par. Believe it or not but some American radio-show, no matter how old, may not be known outside of America.

Re:I'm ignorant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494410)

Regardless, he ought to have been able to correctly copy the name from the summary.

Re:I'm ignorant (5, Insightful)

gclef (96311) | more than 4 years ago | (#32493798)

Dr. Demento ran a syndicated radio show that focussed on the weird, offbeat, and just silly. Weird Al got his start there, for example. A large number of people in the geek community grew up listening to his show, especially as it's had a forty year run.

What's being lost? A bit of the unique, a bit of the oddball and unusual. Radio has become that little bit more boring and bland.

Re:I'm ignorant (4, Insightful)

TaggartAleslayer (840739) | more than 4 years ago | (#32493928)

Though I agree with your sentiments, I have to point out, nothing is being lost. It is being redirected. As the Demento audience declines internet useage increases. Your strange, silly, and plain funny are now online. Radio is going the way of the newspaper. There is a new medium in town.

Re:I'm ignorant (3, Funny)

Trogre (513942) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494040)

What a bunch of ga-ga. I happen to have it on very good authority that radio is yet to have its finest hour.

Re:I'm ignorant (1)

vm146j2 (233075) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494116)

Everything I had to know, I learned it on the radio.

Oh, well; somebody still loves you.

Re:I'm ignorant (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494164)

This will happen when the FM frequencies get repurposed as a dedicated channel for streaming Internet pr0n.

Re:I'm ignorant (5, Interesting)

ultrasound (472511) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494192)

Radio in the UK is growing stronger each year, from http://www.rajar.co.uk/ [rajar.co.uk] :

Radio listening reaches all time high as 46.5 million adults tune in to radio each week Radio digital listening hours up 18% and digital share up 19% year on year DAB ownership up 9% year on year to over 1/3 of the population

Althought the commercial stations complain about the dominance of the BBC, the fact that there are so many quality channels on the BBC (no adverts, mandate to produce quality programming) forces the commercial stations to push similar content quality in order to remain competetive.

Re:I'm ignorant (1)

Ephemeriis (315124) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494764)

Though I agree with your sentiments, I have to point out, nothing is being lost. It is being redirected. As the Demento audience declines internet useage increases. Your strange, silly, and plain funny are now online. Radio is going the way of the newspaper. There is a new medium in town.

I agree in general... There's plenty of strange, silly, and funny available online. Assorted videos on YouTube... Streaming stuff from Pandora... Assorted podcasts and blogs and Internet radio stations and whatnot...

But none of that is really as accessible as radio is.

Sure, if I'm sitting in the office or at home I can listen/watch as much as I want. But when I'm driving around in my car, or out on a bike, or walking, or whatever - it isn't nearly as accessible. Maybe if I've dumped a podcast to an MP3 player... But that's about it. You can't get anything live from the web like you can with radio.

Or, rather, I can't. I guess if you've got a smartphone with data or something like that you could...

Re:I'm ignorant (-1, Troll)

gsslay (807818) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494238)

Weird Al got his start there, for example

I was indifferent to this radio show's demise until I read this. Now it you've gone and made it seem like a good thing.

The world would be a better place if there were less stupefyingly unfunny parodies.

Re:I'm ignorant (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495184)

There's a show on Tuesday mornings on WQNA [wqna.org] , a local college station here, that plays Dr. Demento type music (I can't think of the name of the show). That's a very geeky station; there's one DJ there named "Commander Riker", there's a show called "Pemberton's Basement", and a friend of mine and fellow nerd, Mike King, has a blues show on Sundays at noon.

Ahh, the memories. (3, Interesting)

Aeternitas827 (1256210) | more than 4 years ago | (#32493722)

When I was younger, it was always a privilege to catch a bit of the Dr. Demento show on the radio...usually on a car trip home from somewhere...usually wasn't up late enough, and/or listening to a local station that carried it. I don't think now that there's a local station here that does, though I've long given up on FM Radio. I'll remember what I can fondly, yet, I'll remain more pissed that Adam Corolla left Loveline shortly after I left high school--he made that show funnier than anything.

Re:Ahh, the memories. (1)

omni123 (1622083) | more than 4 years ago | (#32493994)

I don't know. I like Adam's antics as much as the next guy but he really did talk all over Drew and it made it pretty difficult at times; nothing worse then having an amazing celebrity guest and Adam talking all over them either.

Re:Ahh, the memories. (1)

Goffee71 (628501) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494176)

I lived in the U.K. as a kid, but discovered him playing before baseball or football games (late night for us) on a, rather weak, AFRTS radio station (broadcasting from Belgium or Frankfurt, I think) - made me wonder if all Americans were that off the wall. Thought the power of the Internet would keep him going, but hey-ho - let's go!

Re:Ahh, the memories. (1)

Clovis42 (1229086) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494268)

You should check out the Adam Corolla podcast.

RIP for the Dr Demento Show (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32493752)

I grew up on Dr D in the 70s and even saw a live version in the 80s. Heartbreaking that it's fading into the sunset and that the current generation won't know the Dr. When I was growing up the big things on radio were the top 40 show and Dr Demento. While he had a show the truly twisted had a home. Without shows like his it's hard for such things to stand out. These days there's entertainment overkill. Unless it's a Youtube hit the odds are you'll never hear about it. Shows like Dr Demento gave a forum for such works long before there was a web. It may be giving him a place to continue on but it'll never be the same.

fishheads, fishheads,... (4, Informative)

Cragen (697038) | more than 4 years ago | (#32493802)

Lovely little fish heads! The only place that song EVER got played. Perhaps "They're coming to take him away. ha-ha. ho-ho. hee-hee..."

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (2, Informative)

billsayswow (1681722) | more than 4 years ago | (#32493940)

Actually, funny enough, they played that song on BBC 6Music about a week or two ago. Oh wait, they're probably closing that station too... Be right back, I have some weeping to do.

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (2, Informative)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494142)

They used to play the video for that on Much Music in Canada all the time, so I guess you could say it was basically main-stream up here. Back on topic, I am unsure why everyone is so upset. He is continuing the show online, which may make it more popular than ever before, and have much more of an impact. Things go viral online now, not based on radio shows. Any good act he promotes has the potential to be twittered / facebooked / dugg ad-infinitum within minutes.

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (3, Informative)

GrahamCox (741991) | more than 4 years ago | (#32493942)

The only place that song EVER got played

Not quite true. It was played occasionally on Anne Nightingale's Radio 1 request show (1980s, Radio 1, UK, Sunday evenings) which in itself was a national institution, and where I first heard the song. It now has a permanent place in my iTunes collection as a result (along with Kristina's version of "Is That All There Is?" and "Win a Night Out With A Well-Known Paranoiac" by Barry Andrews).

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494184)

UK radio doesn't come in so well in the states.

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (1)

Yaur (1069446) | more than 4 years ago | (#32493990)

I remember seeing it on you can't do that on television back in the day.

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (1)

TubbyBoy (1721860) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494020)

Now that brings back some memories... Time to dredge that off the net and add it to my music collection!

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494028)

They can't play baseball, they don't wear sweaters...

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (2, Informative)

Pikoro (844299) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494168)

don't forget... deaaaaaaad puppieeeeeeeeeees... deaaaaaad puppieeeeeeeeeesss. dead puppies aren't much fun.....

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494204)

The problem is, that song is pretty much the pinnacle of Dr. Demento. The rest of his music, sadly, just wasn't that good. It was like watching a sitcom written by fourth graders instead of highly skilled television professionals. Like, you could tell where the jokes were supposed to be funny but they just weren't.

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494710)

WOLLLLLF CRICK PASSSSSWAY UP ON THE GREAT DIVIDE
TRUCKINNNNN ON DOWNNNNNN THE OTHER SIDE

I could not disagree with you more. There was a ton of great stuff played on Dr. Demento.

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Ahh, there we go. Got past the lameness filter finally. First caps (oh noes I'm yelling!) and then compression. What a fucking stupid fail, slashdot.

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494254)

I only ever saw the music vid that went with it on HBO of all places. They would show it between these things called movies. But HBO doesnt play either anymore.

And BTW curse you. Now I have that song in my head.

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494358)

Rolely polely fishheads - eat 'em up ... YUM! After MANY years my 30+ son and I still share that as a greeting ... time to make some new memories!

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494426)

Kip Addotta, _Wet Dream_

Good lord that still makes me giggle. /authentically old. //the lawn, why are you standing on it?

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (2, Interesting)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494610)

I loved Addotta's work. Continuous bad puns to silly music.

"...He said I'd blown a seal. I said, 'fix the damn thing and leave my personal life out of it, OK, pal?'..."

That and "Life in the Slaw Lane" were brilliant. It's too bad I can't find my old cassettes of Kip Addotta, he had a lot of other funny songs, though none of them half as funny as "Wet Dream" or "Slaw Lane".

Doctor Demento and Larry Glick were staples of my youth.

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (1)

markhb (11721) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495004)

Dr. Demento and Larry Glick... never thought I'd hear those two in the same sentence :)

I think Kip Addotta has a site where he sells his old albums. I emailed him a couple of years ago, but alas I haven't followed through to buy the album yet.

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (1)

NekSnappa (803141) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494432)

I remember when he played Frank Zappa's "Titties & Beer" unedited.
Alas someone complained and it became "Bleepies & Beer."

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (1)

richlv (778496) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494458)

ooooooooooooh. napoleon xiv reference :)
neato. personally, i really like the "I'm In Love With My Little Red Tricycle". oh, and "nuts on my family tree". oh, and "The Place Where the Nuts Hunt the Squirrels".

i've never heard dr demento (ex-ussr, no chance), but i know that napoleon xiv appeared on demento record releases, so thanks for popularising that :)

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494598)

What are you talking about? The "Fish Heads" video used to play on MTV (back when they actual played videos).

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (2, Informative)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494648)

That was probably the only show that played Captain Beefheart, but "they're coming to take me away" was actually a pretty big hit when I was a kid in the early sixties. I had the 45, the B side hade the song played backwards.

Oh, for the youngsters here, a 45 was a 45 rpm vinyl record that was slightly larger than a CD and would hold six or seven minutes worth of music per side at most. Most were two to three minutes per side. Usually but not always the A side had the song that you heard on the radio.

Re:fishheads, fishheads,... (1)

bwcarty (660606) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494770)

The Kids Place Live channel on Sirius/XM plays it every so often, too. My wife will leave it on that channel even after dropping our son off at school because they play more unique/entertaining stuff there than on other stations.

Thanks Mr. Hansen! (5, Funny)

VValdo (10446) | more than 4 years ago | (#32493822)

I listened to him on every Sunday,
The Funny Five and music skits,
But now that his show is all finished,
I can't help but feeling like
Shaving cream, be nice and clean
Shave every day and you'll always look keen!

Thanks Dr. D!

W

Re:Thanks Mr. Hansen! (1)

wwphx (225607) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494636)

This is FUNNY, not insightful. The song Shaving Cream was one of the songs that was a mainstay when I listened as a kid in the 70's, though personally I preferred the original and not the version that The Doctor re-recorded. Speaking of which, Barry's the original Doctor as far as I'm concerned, I was listening to him long before some Timelord came over from England.

My big problem with the show was finding stations that broadcast it. I don't know if it was ever listed, but even his web site didn't list the stations that carried it! How the heck are you supposed to find a program to listen to if you can't find a list of stations that carry it?!

So in this way I hope his audience expands. Now that I know I can stream it, I'll definitely try to catch it occasionally.

Radio? (1)

Macrat (638047) | more than 4 years ago | (#32493854)

What is this "radio" you speak of?

Re:Radio? (2, Informative)

Bill Dog (726542) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494000)

It's as dead as dead puppies [youtube.com] . And dead radio shows aren't much fun.

Where is the archive? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32493980)

The real question is how we now back up 40 years of Dr. Demento recordings. Rip the tapes, upload to TPB/archive.org, start a net station that broadcasts it in perpetuity. Dr. Demento shall live forever!

Re:Where is the archive? (1)

Peet42 (904274) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494084)

Or get the Doctor's permission to play them out on NPR... They always seem to be looking for time-fillers these days.

Re:Where is the archive? (2, Informative)

damnbunni (1215350) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494330)

The archive is right here. http://drdemento.com/online.html [drdemento.com]

It's not complete, and it's not free, but it's there!

Dr. Demento CD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494066)

I still drag out the Dr. Demento Christmas CD once a year.

Re:Dr. Demento CD (1)

Peet42 (904274) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494080)

I've got the (not Christmassy) double CD on my iPod.

Formative years... (4, Insightful)

Kr3m3Puff (413047) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494120)

When I read this today, a was quite saddened. For whatever reason, I identified with Dr. Demento. I remember listening to him when I was 10/11/12. It appealed to me and helped me form my identity today. It wasn't like I was introduced to it, it was patently "un-cool", but the show and the music struck a chord with me. I understood it and I understood there were obviously other people out there who thought like me and were interested in the same things. Call it "geeky" or "nerdy" if you wish, but it was uniquely me in a way that few people around me could even begin to understand. A friend at a time I didn't have any.

It was still running? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494130)

I had no idea this was still on! I listened to the show back in the mid-80's on Sunday nights in bed with a radio propped on the headboard of my bed (a Patrolman CB60 for you radio buffs). Always tried to stay awake long enough to hear the Funny Five - rarely made it though. I have so many memories of great bits and songs I heard on that show, and that we would talk about at lunch or in study hall the next day at school.

Sigh... (3, Funny)

Eternal Vigilance (573501) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494144)

Another one rides the bus.

Re:Sigh... (1)

MrMondo64 (1828764) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494674)

Irving the 142nd fastest gun in the West

Wow (5, Interesting)

jayhawk88 (160512) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494182)

Reading through his website announcements there is like a timeline of and old school radio guy dying. I'm not going to pretend I'm a big Demento fan, but still kind of sad. We're closing up, we're losing money. We got only 100 orders for a last ditch money making idea. We're clearly being hurt by the decline of CD sales. We can't fill orders because we're working with Yahoo Small Business for some reason.

Just out of curiosity, why the hell is going online/podcast a last-last ditch effort for this guy? He's got a name recognition that would draw people in, and the format would seem to work well for podcasting. At the very least a podcast could drive people to his website and help him sell a few CD's/tshirts. I get he's an old school guy and up until recently still had a terrestrial broadcast to do, but you'd think someone would have come to them at some point and suggested this.

Re:Wow (4, Insightful)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495202)

Just out of curiosity, why the hell is going online/podcast a last-last ditch effort for this guy? He's got a name recognition that would draw people in, and the format would seem to work well for podcasting. At the very least a podcast could drive people to his website and help him sell a few CD's/tshirts. I get he's an old school guy and up until recently still had a terrestrial broadcast to do, but you'd think someone would have come to them at some point and suggested this.

Radio is a wasteland. Honestly, I didn't even know he was still on the air. I never got to hear him locally.

There are so many weird and wonderful new things online. Just look at all the stuff that's being produced, from song parodies to music video parodies to fan films and the like. The impetus never went away, it's just not channeled through his show. As a case in point, MST3K. Had a great run, died a horrible death on the Skiffy Channel. Resurrected in the form of Cinematic Titanic and Rifftrax. They both seem to be making money doing what they're doing. I just get a kick out of hearing Tom Servo's voice riffing on new, crappy movies. I only wish Trace was working on that project, too. Mike I could do without -- I'm still hoping Joel comes back. (Give it up, man. Yeah, I know.)

All that being said, I agree with the other poster -- Demento has huge name recognition. He should be able to get enormous traffic with it. Look at what the Onion's done with their online presence. And they seem to be making money -- at the very least they haven't closed up shop yet.

Pico and Sepulveda (1)

sensei moreh (868829) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494212)

I haven't listened to the Doctor for a number of years now, but Pico and Sepulveda was always my favorite

Re:Pico and Sepulveda (1)

NekSnappa (803141) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494442)

Lahoya

Re:Pico and Sepulveda (1)

DannyO152 (544940) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494906)

La Jolla. Like Pico, Sepulveda, Alvarado, Santa Monica, and Beverly Drive, it is a street in Los Angeles. La Brea (Tar Pits) [Tar Pits!] is both street and famous tar pits. Figueroa (as in Felix Figueroa) is also an LA street.

Insensitive. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494286)

To people with dementia.

Re:Insensitive. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494492)

that's crazy talk

The world is a little poorer (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494388)

Thank you Dr. D for 40 years of steady laughter in a box. Your show wasn't perfect, and you weren't perfect. But in your love of music and laughter and imperfection, you built something beautiful and enduring that touched many lives. I only dream to do so well with my short visit to this little rock. You brought a bit of joy to countless people, usually when they needed it most. You taught us that it was ok to be different, to think differently, and even to really enjoy the differences. To revel in life. For that, you will always have our gratitude.

Myf Fav (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494588)

Dead Puppies Aren't Much FUN!

In Other News... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494630)

In other News the use of Condoms has resulted in a annual loss of millions of human lives annually...

Hello? 21st Century Calling? (0, Troll)

BoogieChile (517082) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494800)

All you people mourning the loss the good Doctor from an obsolete medium seem to be missing a certain salient point.

News Flash!!! Doctor Demento now available online!!!

Re:Hello? 21st Century Calling? (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495172)

It's just nostalgia. The media equivalent of seeing your favorite first grade teacher in the obituaries. Some of us are just getting to the point of noticing we're old and haven't gotten used to the idea.

Just *now* ending!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494854)

I didn't realize his show *was* still on after all these years. I thought it was only in the 70's, or something like that. My dad had some 8-track tape recordings his friend made from the radio back then.

Ads (1)

Myopic (18616) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494954)

I've never heard the Dr Demento show. Did it have advertisements? or was it listener supported?

Obligatory (1)

eonlabs (921625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495036)

Guess this is the most appropriate response to a radio host dropping off the air, particularly one as famous as Dr. Demento.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwuy4hHO3YQ [youtube.com]

Missed but Not Missed (1)

Mr. No Skills (591753) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495082)

I didn't know it was still on, but that's mostly because I don't know what's on radio anymore except for the morning news station. I guess I'll just go out back and eat worms.

On the Mighty Met (1)

Taylor123456789 (1354177) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495176)

I used to listen to Dr. Demento when I was a kid on KMET in Los Angeles, which is, sadly, also off the air. Then I started listening to this new station that came on the air from a small office building in Pasadena: KROQ.

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