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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Radio genius to sell soul to lesser medium

When I first arrived in LA, I used to listen -- mostly in shock -- to a radio show at night here on KFI-AM.

The host had these incredibly stupid, or incredibly bold, guests on his show. He'd interview them and then open up the lines for callers to argue with the "guest," with the host, Phil Hendrie, serving as moderator.

Then I learned the secret: Mr. Hendrie does the voice of all his "guests," but the callers don't know it. I could not believe what I was hearing. He's so smooth and convincing you're sure host is talking over guest. But it's all live.

Hilarious, if you can get past his bitter "lapsed Catholic" angst.

Anyway, he just announced he's quitting radio to work on his acting career.

Ratings must have dropped, which is hard to understand. Seems like a mistake to me but maybe after 14 years he just coudlnt do it one more night.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Phil Hendrie goes the way of his predecessor, "Mister KFI".

Well, there's still Bill Handel in the morning and John & Ken in the afternoon. KFI maintains its record for the mouthiest talk-radio types in SoCal.

(Incidentally, I like their morning & afternoon drive-times. Never did like Phil Hendrie, and wish they still had Tammy Bruce on weekends.)

10:10 AM

Blogger Patrick said...

Hendries's been gone from KFI for many months, now on 570 AM.

De gustibus non est disputandem.

11:34 AM


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