Over the past five decades, Dr. Demento has cultivated a reputation as a wacky, weird radio DJ. In addition to regularly spinning obscure novelty records since the early 1970s, he also discovered “Weird Al” Yankovic and was the first to play his spoofs on the radio. His show went off the air in 2010, but he continues to host a weekly online show from his house. He’s also a Reed graduate and is in town to speak at his alma mater on the history of music.
Did you grow up listening to Dr. Demento? Did you have a favorite song that he played? What memories of his show do you have?