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Phil Hendrie - Leaving Terrestrial Syndication March 14

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  • Started 6 years ago by Craig_Adams
  • Latest reply from Andrew

  1. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    This from All Access:

    --------------------Phil Hendrie Show Leaving Terrestrial Syndication, Continuing As Podcast--------------------

    PHIL HENDRIE will end his terrestrial radio show on MARCH 14th, the syndicated host told listeners on his website. He will continue to host the show as a podcast available at his website and through the SIDESHOW NETWORK, TUNEIN, and iTUNES.

    HENDRIE wrote, "The digital world is where we have made our living the last seven years so as radio attempts to find itself we'll put our energy in our digital & online product, our animation project, my one-man show and, of course, TV and film opportunities wherever they may occur. To our fans, we haven't gone anywhere! Our daily show will continue on TUNEIN, iTUNES, SIDESHOW NETWORK and following the conclusion of our terrestrial presentation."

    Locally "The Phil Hendrie Show" is heard weekday mornings, midnight to 3am on "FM News 101 KXL."

    Posted on February 14, 2014 - 07:32 PM #
  2. Andrew

    Does anyone listen to Phil Hendrie anymore? I was once a devoted fan, back when he was taking real calls with his "guests" and he was on either in afternoon drive or the early evening, in the Premiere days. His show then was edgy, topical, and often brilliant.

    Since he rebooted the show a few years ago and moved to late hours and he's been on sporadically on Portland radio, I've listened only occasionally. In fact, only recently did I discover he was even on at all when twisting the dial one night in a bout of insomnia. It was fun to hear him again - but his show seemed nothing at all like what it once was (even if many of the characters were familiar) and honestly wasn't that funny. And yet I can still laugh out loud at some of his old bits that I still have archives of.

    I mean, good for Phil if he wants to keep doing this - if he enjoys it and makes some money at it, whatever the medium, more power to him. But do you care?

    Posted on February 14, 2014 - 09:35 PM #
  3. Alfredo_T

    I, too, was a big fan of the Premiere show. The late-night re-incarnation on the TRN-FM network just wasn't as funny, but it was the direction in which Phil wanted to take the show. Correct me if I am wrong, but aren't all of the online options for listening to Phil Hendrie ones where listeners have to buy subscriptions?

    Posted on February 16, 2014 - 02:52 PM #
  4. Herzfeld

    I've never really gotten Hendrie's schtick. He's a talented performer and all - I just don't find what he does that funny.
    I imagine if you didn't know who he was and ran across his show by accident, there would be this WTF moment and then a few laughs.
    His show format seems too much like watching a magician tell you how he's going to do his tricks before he does them or a comedian who tells you how he came about writing his bits before he does them.

    "Making people laugh is the lowest form of comedy" ~ Michael O'Donoghue

    Posted on February 18, 2014 - 10:17 AM #
  5. Alfredo_T

    I imagine if you didn't know who he was and ran across his show by accident, there would be this WTF moment and then a few laughs.

    That was my experience. It took me a while to accept that this was all make-believe and that it was just one guy doing all of the voices. Then, it was fun to hear unsuspecting callers fall for his characters.

    Posted on February 18, 2014 - 10:31 AM #
  6. Andrew

    Herzfeld: I've never really gotten Hendrie's schtick. He's a talented performer and all - I just don't find what he does that funny.

    I started listening to him in 2001 when he was on during rush hour drive in Portland. (Or maybe it was 7-10 delayed then - can't remember, it changed a few times.) At first I too didn't quite "get it" - but I soon found Phil was on my same wavelength of humor. Soon I was addicted and even TAPING the show.

    The callers themselves were really just foils for his pre-planned bits on which he'd improve answers. (I don't think his guests take calls anymore - right?) It was kind of just interactive, topical radio theater.

    Some of Phil's shows in the year after 9/11 are brilliant and classic - they capture an edgy time in American life through sometimes nasty humor, in ways no one else quite did. A few examples: Vernon Dozier (high school football coach and alleged former CIA officer) talking about Canadians killed in a friendly fire incident in the early years of Afghanistan. (Vernon said sometimes you need to shoot at your own guys when things get slow on the battlefield.) Or Jeff Dowder, a stoned surfer guy calling in claiming the reason the US was struggling in the early weeks of the Afghanistan war was because we had the wrong ammo type for the guns. (Because he heard it from a guy who was over there.)

    These bits are really hard to describe in writing, and it's true his humor isn't for everyone, but he pulled them off brilliantly. The amazing thing is that he would do so many bits a week - often not three a night but usually at least two a night. It must have been an incredible amount of prep work to do that every week - thinking of new ideas for his various cahracters - vs. some clown just doing a regular talk show and taking calls for three hours.

    Posted on February 18, 2014 - 11:05 AM #