Sad news: Dr. Demento is ending broadcasts after 40 years.
I first heard about Dr. Demento in the mid-’70s, and quickly became a devoted Dementian (or was I a Dementite? I never did figure out which gender was which). The Doctor joined Monty Python and Mad Magazine in a sort of holy triumvirate (“SNL” later made it a quadrumvirate, if that’s even a word) of satirical, irreverent, anti-establishment humor that hugely shaped my worldview as a teen.
It was through the show that I was exposed to Tom Lehrer, Allan Sherman, and a kid named Al Yankovic who sent a cassette to the show with some weird accordion-based parodies.
I lost touch over the years, but it wasn’t long ago that I found a radio station in Maryland still playing the show, and it was nice to reconnect (most of the songs were familiar even then, with a few new additions like “Ti Kwan Leep,” aka “Boot To The Head” and “Bulbous Bouffant”).