Dr. Demento – KLSX

March 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Dr. Demento railfanning at the Glendale train station

“The Dr. Demento Show began in 1970 as a once-a-week lark while I was working for Specialty Records reissuing Little Richard and John Lee Hooker albums. It’s entering its third decade and has been a full-time job (and more) for years. In addition to the two hour show on KLSX, I have a syndicated show that reaches 190 stations nationwide. However, I still find time, now and then, to watch a train go by. I like that almost as much as watching record labels spin.”

“I got my name from a secretary at KPPC, the station where the Dr. Demento Show started. While I was playing Nervous Norvus’s song, Transfusion, she came in and said to me, “You’ve got to be demented to play that on the radio!” One of the other jocks, Steve Segal, picked up on it. The next thing I knew, he was introducing me as Dr. Demento. The name has stuck with me ever since.”

Dr. Demento In the Westwood One Studio

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