Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Dr. Demento Goes Off The Air

Dr. Demento, whose weekly radio show of novelty and comedy songs has been on the air for almost 40 years, is leaving terrestrial radio. I remember listening to him on Sunday nights in the early 1980s. His song choices were always a topic of discussion on the school bus the next morning. Dr. Demento (aka Barret Hansen) started out in radio at Reed College's KRRC in Portland, Oregon. He developed the Dr. Demento persona in 1970 at KPPC in Pasadena, California. He would later move on to other Los Angeles-area stations including KMET, KLSX and KSCA. By 1974 his two-hour show became syndicated and was eventually heard in most major markets, usually on FM rock stations. Most recently the show was only heard on six stations.....but, "by special agreement and due to contractual considerations" a version of Demento's continuing internet show will be heard on 89.9 FM KACV through the summer.

KACV is an Alternative station broadcasting from Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas.

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